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Laura Prieto-Velasco is an artist and educator residing in Chicago, IL. In addition to her background in metalsmithing and jewelry design, her multi-media work extends to sculpture, installation, design, dance and video. Laura’s work is exhibited nationally and included in several private collections as well as public collections such as The Museum of Contemporary Craft as well as Mesa Contemporary Arts.
Currently, she works full time as a studio technician and teaches part time at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also serving as the Vice-President and Exhibitions Chair of Chicago Metal Arts Guild, a local non-profit. She is co-founder of Dirt Gallery, an experimental exhibition/project space that seeks to present works which spans across the spectrum of craft, art and design.
Laura holds an MFA from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry and a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD CAM.
Her private studio is located in the neighborhood of West Pilsen where she creates the majority of her one-of-a-kind pieces.
« Most of my work is inspired by overlapping themes of catharsis, change, play, taboo and the erotic. Opinions about and interactions with pieces for or about the body hinge upon transformative acts. I am interested in creating objects that change over time, concealing their materials or construction methods and revealing a character so compelling that emotional cleansing is unavoidable by virtue of their impact on the human form and psyche. »