Watercolor Artist Laurel O’Gorman

Watercolor Artist Laurel OGorman

Watercolor Artist Laurel O’Gorman
Phone: 651-486-0422 Email: laurel@laurelogorman.com Website: laurelogorman.com

About the Show
Pause Series
2012 – 2016
This three-part series was inspired by my daily reading from 365 Tao Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao.

It is based on the idea that each little painting is a meditation itself. When I began the series, Meditations Into Peace came first. I challenged myself to paint without defined imagery, only the sense of “calmness” and “letting go”.

What eventually emerged after the “peace series” was a gravitation toward a horizon-line. It revealed a natural orientation reflecting our relationship to earth. This second series I refer to as Meditations Into Gaia. These works reflect Mother Earth in her many moods, many faces.

Meditations Into Allowing is an ongoing experiment challenging myself to “let go” of the need to control. Allowing the watercolor media to flow using less control is revealing ways of expression without the need to control the outcome. Many of these “experiments” do not make it through the process.


About the Artist
Laurel O’Gorman
Phone: 651-486-0422 Email: laurel@laurelogorman.com Website: laurelogorman.com

University of Minnesota, MFA; 20th Century Art History, Minor – 1979 University of Minnesota, BES; 20th Century Art History, Minor – 1976

Work Experience:
Mixed Media Arts, St. Paul, MN
Art Consultation / Freelance Design / Direction – 1996- 2013

West Publishing Company, Eagan, MN
Art Consultant / Graphic Designer / Media Placement – 1983-1996

The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Curator / Director, Catherine G. Murphy Galleries – 1981-1991

Teaching Experience:
The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, Gallery Apprenticeship, Oil & Acrylic Painting, Drawing, Life Drawing, Color, Watercolor – 1981-1991

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Teaching Assistant, Watercolor – 1977-1979

2018 Pause Series: Meditations Into Peace & Meditations Into Gaia, Canal Street Link Gallery, Good Shepherd Community, Sauk Rapids, MN

2017 Divergent Offerings, WARM at Show Gallery, St. Paul, MN, curated by Avlvo ArtWorks

2016 Women and Money Project, Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art, Juried and Invitational, University of Minnesota Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Howard Oransky, Director; Lyndel King, Juror; Ellen Schillace, Curator

2016 Stepping Back, Looking Forward: Honoring Feminist Vision, Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art Invitational, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, Kerry Morgan, Curator

2015 Self Portraits, WARM Juried Exhibition, TractorWorks, Mpls. MN, Jantje Visscher, Juror

2015 Unforeseen: Poetry and Art, Gallery One TractorWorks, Minnespolis, MN Curated by artist Marcia Soderman and poet Morgan Grayce Willow

2015 Portals and Passages, WARM Juried Exhibition, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI Jurors: Jeannine Kitzhaber, MFA, & Morgan Clifford, MFA, Art Dept. Faculty, U of WI, River Falls 2015 Delicate Deliberations, featured artist, Flow Art Space, Spring Art Crawl, St. Paul, MN

2014 Disruption and Resolution: War/Art/Peace Exhibition O’Shaughnessy Educational
Center, University of St Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Michelle Nordtorp-Madson, curator
2014 LandMarkers Exhibition, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN
2014 40th Annual Northern Lights Juried Exhibition, White Bear Center for the Art, White Bear Lake
2014 Shark Reef Online Literary Magazine, featured artist, Summer 2014, sharkreef.org
2014 Woman Exhibition, Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN
2014 WARM Member Exhibition, Banfill-Locke, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Sacred Art Juried Exhibition, Benedictine Center, Maplewood, MN
2013 White Bear Center for the Arts Members Show, White Bear Lake, MN
2013 Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art, Riverview Tower Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Meditations Exhibition, Solo exhibition, Becketwood Wellington Gallery, Mpls, MN

Curatorial/Exhibition Support:
2015 Edna Imm’s Journey: For The Love Of Art, White Bear Center for the Arts,
White Bear Lake, MN, Co-curator with Jim Dimmers

2014 St. Paul Art Collective Poster Contest, St. Paul, MN

1986, 1990 Printing Institute of America Graphic Arts Award for West Art & the Law catalogue
1982 -1984 West Art & the Law, purchase awards

1985-1995 West Art & the Law, annual catalogue design/art direction, WPC, Eagan, MN 1986 The West Collection, book design, WPC, Eagan, MN
1987-1995 West Art & the Law, poster design, WPC, Eagan, MN
1988 Drawings by Paul Manship, book design, MMAA, St. Paul, MN
1988 Minnesota Artist Look Back, 1948-1988 catalogue design, MMAA, St. Paul, MN 1990 Standing In The Northern Lights, art consultation, MMAA, St. Paul, MN
1991 Anthony Caponi, catalogue design consultant, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 1991 Commemorative Quilts for Home, catalogue design/direction, MMAA, St. Paul, MN

Cafesjian Family Foundation, Minneapolis, MN/Yerevan, Armenia
Judith Connor Design, St. Paul, MN
Antonia Cronin, Minneapolis, MN
St. Catherine College, St. Paul, MN
Cindy Syme & Rich Rosenberg, St. Paul, MN
Weisman Art Museum, U of M, Minneapolis, MN
West Publishing Company, (former) Eagan, MN

LinkedIn (linkedin.com/pub/laurel-o-gorman/18/77b/64)
MN Artists (mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=294392)
WARM Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (thewarm.org)
WCAMN, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Minnesota Chapter (wcamn.com/ members-gallery/) WBCA White Bear Center for the Arts (whitebeararts.org/)

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