Laura Travis carves limestone, soapstone and creates assemblage (pretty much all from recycled materials) in a mill studio at 30 Cutler Street in Warren, RI. She studied at RIC and at Maryland Institute College of Art, where she completed her MFA in 2001 on a fellowship while working full time as a visual art educator in Providence Public Schools.
She was a studio resident at A220, Providence's remarkable downtown arts matrix, for eight years, showing several times in their galleries, as well as in New Bedford, Baltimore, Ontario, and in a sculpture garden she collaborated to create with the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI. Her work in stone is featured there, at the South Kingstown Land Trust Sculpture Trail, and along the South County Bike Path.
A veteran organizer and award winning art teacher, Laura hosts workshops and classes in stone carving at RISD- CE, in her studio, and on the road as far afield as western Ontario. Laura’s work has been documented by NetWorks RI in 2011, and was featured in three NetWorks exhibitions.
Pursuing inquiries at points along the border of fine and folk art, she’s currently absorbed in a body of work inspired by recent trips to the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland. Laura, now retired from full time public school teaching, finds time to help organize open houses and studio sales at 30 Cutler Street.
"Networks RI" artist, 2011
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts "Artist in Education" roster
Rhode Island Art Educator of the Year (High School) 2007
National Board Certified Teacher of Visual Art
BS, Art Education, Rhode Island College, 1977; MFA Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2001
"Bridges and Doors" April 2009 AS220 Project Space,Westminster St. Providence, RI
"Local Pilgrimage" March 2004 AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence RI
Two person show, March 2001, AS220 Upstairs Gallery, Providence, RI
“The Grove”, permanent site installation, September 2000,Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI
Convergence Pawtucket, September 2002
“The Grove: Spirit of Place” August 2000, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
“Tradition/Inspiration”, solo exhibition, January 1999, AS220 Upstairs Gallery, Providence RI
"Open Window", December 1995, AS220, Providence, RI
“Convergence”, Providence, RI city wide arts extravaganza, June 1998 and June 1999
"Networks RI Retrospective", DeeDee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA, January-March 2015
South Kingstown Land Trust Sculpture Trail, September 2014, permanent installation
"Networks RI 2011-2012", Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, June-September 2013
"HopArtists" Spring Bull Gallery, Newport RI, May 2014
"Networks RI" Candita Clayton Studio, Hope Artiste Village, November- December 2011
South Kingstown Bike Path, collaborator, design and installation, Peacedale RI 2009
"Grave Goods" exploring how the current generation of artisans view all aspects of burial customs, Woodstock Museum, Woodstock, Ontario, October 2008- An Droichead/The Bridge
"Celtic Women International: Celtic Routes Conference, October 2003, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario; exhibitor and presenter
“Reflections of the Conquest” Art and Object inspired by the world of the Bayeaux Tapestry, Woodstock Museum, Woodstock, Ontario February 2002- An Droichead/The Bridge
Work selected from among MFA graduates at Maryland Institute for juried show, 2001
‘Best in Show’ Award, annual juried show, 1999 RI Art Education Association
Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI, 1998
Heywood Gallery, Worcester, MA March 1998
Gallery X, New Bedford, MA, April 1998
Toronto: ‘The Bridge’ multiple Group Exhibitions, 1998-02