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Lauren Shapiro



In a society obsessed with instant gratification, disposable ethics and relationships; my work fights the current, battling back with the difficult practice of ritual and repetition, coupled with meditation and focus on a process-oriented paradigm. My work considers the physical and spiritual ramifications of our throwaway culture with a return to an ancestral method. Artisan history and natural law has imprinted on my process, which is centered on the production by hand rather than machine. The fragility of the pieces becomes a metaphor for the precarious balance of chaos and control. As I lose myself in these analog processes, I am pushing back against the mass-production of industrialization and emerging technologies. With origami, I have developed a slip casting process to experiment with ceramic materials and paper forms. With a pattern, I have folded paper shapes to become prototypes for the plaster molds that I use to cast individually produced pieces in clay. With geometric forms, I collect and assemble them into ceramic sculptures and installations. With modular shapes I find inspiration, in how molecules will naturally accumulate and congregate to form geometric patterns —both large and small. With an understanding of nature’s system of design, I mimic elements of rhythm and repetition; however, the final arrangements are composed into visual conversations. With my formations, audiences can discover and rediscover their intended representations. Within my process, Iam testing the capabilities of plaster and porcelain clay and formally exploring the idea of strength versus fragility; experimenting with glaze and form. The final pieces are ultimately blurring the line between ephemeral objects and perennial objects.


Lauren is a visual artist and educator born in South Florida. She has a M.F.A. from the University of Miami and teaches at several institutions including New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami. She has developed a multiple step process in clay that begins with folded origami paper cast into plaster molds. Her work ultimately blurs the line between ephemeral and perennial objects. Sculptures are designed and then assembled into images recognizable as the natural systems of anthropomorphic structures. Lauren has been a resident artist in China, at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, where she observed and learned about post-production processes of industrial mold making and porcelain slip casting. Shehas also exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art fair, and the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA). Lauren’s work has been showcased internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54, with an independent exhibition project for contemporary art to cultivate artistic exchange between the different cities. In her most recent work, Lauren is exploring ephemeral site-specific works in clay and recording the resulting decay as a metaphor for the long-term effects of climate change in nature.


2016 MFA University of Miami, Studio Arts, Ceramics, Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship Recipient

2009 BFA Florida Atlantic University, Studio Arts

Selected Exhibitions:


Scope, Art N Folly, Miami Beach, FL.

Florida Wild, Warren Mackenzie Gallery, Miami, FL. Curated by Magnus Sodamin

Archeology of Memory, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL. Curated by Moral Doucet

Collabo Show, 777 International Mall (Pop-up exhibition), Miami, FL. Curated by Justin Long

Scope, Directed Art Modern, New York, New York.

Art Wynwood, Art N Folly, Miami, FL.


Fragile Terrains, Galeria Vila Nova and Art Bastion, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Material, Alpha Gallery, Miami FL.

RAW, Moore building, Design District, Miami, FL.

Iterum Tensio, Lauren Shapiro and Ryan Roa curated by Ombretta Agro, Bakehouse Art Complex, Wynwood, Miami

LA Art Fair, Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA.


RAW, Young Artist Initiative, Downtown Historic Post Office, Miami, FL.

Ping Pong Miami, Alfred I Dupont Building, Miami, FL.

Projektraum54, Ping Pong Group Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland.

Art Wynwood Fair, Art Bastion Gallery, Miami, FL.

 The Blue Edition, Art Bastion Gallery, Wynwood, FL.

8th All- Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL.


New Dealers Art Association, Locust Projects, Miami Beach, FL

Scope, Miami Independent Thinkers, Miami Beach, FL

UM Faculty Exhibition, University of Miami Gallery, Miami, FL

Smash and Grab, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

Sacred Geometries, Art Bastion, Miami, FL

Design and its Dimensions, Young Artist Initiative, Moore Building, Miami, FL

Wax in Our Wings, Placeholder Gallery, Miami, FL

POLYGON; Master of Fine Arts Solo Thesis Exhibition, UM Wynwood Gallery, Miami, FL

Junior League of Miami Showhouse, The Kampong, Miami, FL

Outside of the Box, West Palm Beach, FL. Curated by Lisa Rockford


New Art Dealers Association, Locust Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL

Smash and Grab, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

[Place Art Here] Group Exhibition, Double Space, Miami, FL

Collabo Show, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition, UM Gallery Wynwood Building, Miami, FL


Happy Endings, Double Space, Miami, FL

Here to There, UM Gallery Wynwood Building, Miami, FL

Student Juried Exhibition, Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, FL. Jean Ward Sculpture Award Winner

Debut, Studio 259, Deerfield Beach, FL

Water is Life, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, FL


Hyperstition Nocturnes III Projects Space, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Savoir Relier, Locust Projects, Miami, FL


Realm of the Phantoclasm by Psychevision Productions, PAX, Miami, FL

One-Thousand Paper Cranes, Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL


Boca Raton Art School Faculty Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Sidecar Project Juried Exhibition, GAB Studio, Miami FL

Earth and Fire Ceramics Exhibition, Arts Garage, Delray Beach FL

Some Like it HOT, Juried Ceramics Exhibition, NCECA, Tampa FL.

Art Night Pompano, Pompano Citi Center, FL. Curated by Charlotte Sundquist


Inferno, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Art Fallout, The Girls Club, Ft. Lauderdale FL


Juried Student Exhibition, Ritter Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL. Curated by Deborah Aschheim

Heart Opening, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL.


Bodies/ of/ Work, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL. Curated by Gene Moreno


Artist Residencies:

2018 Labverde, Manaus, Brazil. Art Immersion Program in the Amazon Rainforest

2017-2020 (current) Bakehouse Artist Complex, Miami, FL.

2015  Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, ChinaCultural Exchange Fellowship Recipient


Grants and Fellowships:

2020-2021 National Science Foundation, Standard Grant in Biological Oceanography, California State University Northridge, Project of Artist-in-Residence (upcoming)

2020 Home and Away, Residency Fellowship with Oolite Arts, Anderson Ranch, Colorado.

2019-2020 Knight Arts Challenge Award, “Molding the Future” at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Knight Arts Foundation, Miami, FL.

2019 Artist Access Grant, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and FUNDarteAnderson Ranch Workshop

2019 Wavemaker Grant, Locust Projects and Andy Warhol Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL.

2019 Presidential Fellowship, Digitally Fabricated Molds, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

2015  Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Work Study and Scholarship Recipient

2014  Watershed for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine, Work-Study and Scholarship Recipient


Teaching Experience:

New World School of the Arts, Adjunct Professor, Ceramics (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019) 3D Comprehensive/Sculpture (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

University of Miami, Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Hand building ceramics (Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2019), Wheel Throwing ceramics (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

New York Film Academy South Beach, Adjunct Professor, BFA Filmmakers, Drawing Foundations (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017), History of Art Seminar (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

Arts For Learning, Youth Arts in the Parks “All Kids Included” (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus), Department of Continuing Education, (Summer 2016, 2017)

Bass Museum of Art, Art Instructor, Miami, FL (Summer 2015, Summer 2018)

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, Art Instructor (Summer 2015)

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artist in Residence and Outreach programming, (2008-2013)

Boca Raton Art School, Ceramics Instructor, (2010-2013)

Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, FL, Art Instructor  (Summer 2011, 2012, 2014)


Guest Lecturer:

San Francisco Art Institute, Origami Installations Intensive, Continuing Education, San Francisco, CA (2019)

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Artists in Action, Boca Raton, FL (2015)

Pottery Workshop, Featured Artist Jingdezhen, China (2015) 


Publications and Press

Jolt Radio, “305 Creative Stories with Lauren Shapiro”, Mixcloud. January 2020, Podcast

Miami Herald, “Knight Foundation names South Florida Arts Champions and Arts Challenge grant winners”, Andres Viglucci, December 2019, online article

Art Forum, “Knight Foundation Announces Miami Arts Challenge Winners,” December 2019, online article

The Culture Trip, “Miami Artists Combating Climate Change Through Art,” Nicole Martinez, June 2019, online article

Miami Indulge: South Florida’s luxury lifestyle magazine, Nicole Martinez, “Four Miami Artists whose work expresses who they are and where they live”, November 2018, magazine and online article

Luxe. Interiors + Design Miami, Mary Ore, “Shape Shifter”, September/October 2018, magazine

Arteinformado, Fragile Terrains, Exposición en São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil, August 2018, online article

Voyage MIA, Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories, “Meet Lauren Shapiro Visual Artist Specializing in ceramics in Wynwood”, July 12th, 2018, Local Stories, online article

Miami New Times, “Iterum Tensio” at Bakehouse Contemplates Tension as an Agent of Change, January 2018, Arts and Culture, Article

Fresh Art International, Miami Art Week + Art Basel 2017 Edition Preview, Jolt Radio+ 19 Nov 2017, Podcast

Rocking Chair Sessions, RCS: Volume 22 Lauren Shapiro, 2017, Podcast

The New Age Of Ceramics, Hannah Stoufer, November 2016, Published by Gingko Press Inc., 224 pages, Hardcover

Strangeways Magazine, No. 5 (iii Points Special Edition 3) Vol. 3 October 2016


Related Professional 

Art Table Chapter Chair of Programming, 2018-2019, Florida Chapter

Head of Ceramics Practice at the Bakehouse Artist Complex (2017-2020)

ArtTable, Mentee, Florida Chapter, Mentee to Rochi Llaneza (2015-2016), Mentee to Tami Katz Friedman (2016-2017)

Research Assistant to Tami Katz Friedman for the Israeli Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2017, “Sun Stand Still” by Gal Weinstein

Locust Projects, Intern (Spring 2015)

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