Laura Glazer is an artist using curatorial strategies to uncover and share exciting stories that she finds in places she lives and visits. Her work is socially-engaged and depends on the participation of other people, sometimes a close friend, and other times, complete strangers. Her background in photography and design inform her social practice, and her projects appear as books, workshops, radio shows, zines, festivals, exhibitions, installations, posters, signs, postal correspondence, and sculpture.
Glazer holds a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and is an MFA candidate in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University, Salem Art Works (NY), Albany Center Gallery (NY), and the Opalka Gallery of the Sage Colleges (NY). Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the BBC.
Her recent projects include a city-wide poster campaign honoring an under-appreciated film director (Agnès Varda) in collaboration with Jennifer “JJ” Jones, an artist residency at a movie theater, an award-winning community radio program, and a collaboratively researched and developed performance and exhibit about a turn of the century Portland poet. Her book of photographs and interviews I Want Everyone to Know: The Black History Month Doors at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School was published by the Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) in April 2022.
Born in northern Virginia, she was a longtime resident of upstate New York and is now based in Portland, Oregon.