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Laurel Sparks is an American artist who was born in 1972. Laurel Sparks has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Miller Yezerski Gallery and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There have been Several articles about Laurel Sparks, including 'Nuggets of Queerness: Year 3 of the Fire Island Artist Residency' written by Alex Fialho for Art Fag City in 2013.

Selected Events

Exhibitions, openings, art fairs, auctions and other events for Laurel Sparks around the world.

SMFA Traveling Scholars - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
USA / Boston / Back Bay : Exhibition
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laurel Sparks - Miller Yezerski Gallery
USA / Boston / South End : Exhibition
Miller Yezerski Gallery

Latest News & Articles

In The Press: Latest news, articles and reviews about Laurel Sparks from leading publications worldwide.

Nuggets of Queerness: Year 3 of the Fire Island Artist Residency
Art Fag City / Alex Fialho
The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to...
Abstraction Here and Now
ARTslant / Noah Dillon
“Affinities: Painting in Abstraction,” at D’Amelio...
LINCOLN, MA.- This January, DeCordova Sculpture Park +...

Laurel Sparks
Born Phoenix, Arizona 1972
Lives and works in Jamaica Plain, MA


2004 Milton Avery Graduate School of Art, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

Master of Fine Arts, Elaine Dekooning Painting Fellowship

1995 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Tufts University, Medford, MA, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 Clifford.Smith Gallery, Laurel Sparks, Recent Paintings, Boston, MA
2003 Clifford.Smith Gallery, Boston, MA
2003 Green Street Gal ery, Boston, MA

Selected Exhibitions

2009 Rhode Island School of Design, "Affinities: Painting in Abstraction," Providence, RI

2008 Museum Of Fine Arts, "Traveling Scholars Exhibition," Boston, MA

Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, "Affinities: Painting in Abstraction,"
Mahwah, NJ

Monya Rowe Gal ery, "The Guys we would F*ck," curated by Nayland Blake, New York, NY

2007 Artunited, "Laurel Sparks and Hannah Barrett," Vienna, Austria

Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Hessel Museum of Art, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, "Affinities: Painting in Abstraction,"
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Decordova Museum, "Big Bang: Abstraction in The 21st Century," Lincoln, MA

2006 Art in General, "Re-Shuffle, New York," NY

2005 Stay Gold Gallery, "What I Love About Dying," Invitational Benefit, Brooklyn, NY

Clifford.Smith Gallery, "Thaw," Boston, MA

2004 Hampshire College, "Terra (In)Cognita," Northampton, MA

2003 Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College, UBS Gallery, "Enchante’," Red Hook, NY

2001 Museum of Contemporary Art, "Broad," Tucson, AZ

Gallery Bershad, "Laurel Sparks and Karen Dow," Somerville, MA

Honors, Awards, and Grants

2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, Nominee, New York, NY

2007 Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Grant, Great Barrington, MA

2006 School of The Museum Of Fine Arts, Alumni Traveling Scholarship Award, Boston, MA

2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, Painting

2003 Bard MFA Program, Elaine Dekooning Painting Fellowship, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

2001 Boston Cultural Council, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Boston, MA

Selected Bibliography

2008 Cook, Greg. "Documentary Evidence."Boston Phoenix

. 27 February 2008

Frieswick Kris. "Upstairs Downstairs." Boston Globe Magazine

. 24 February 2008

New American Paintings

. 74 Boston, MA: Open Studios Press, 2008.

2007 Alterman, Sara Faith. "Heroic Effort: We are here! We are here!." Boston Phoenix

. 15 August 2007

Baker Matthew, Reed. "Caped Creators'." Boston Magazine

. October 2007: 118-127

Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century

. Lincoln, MA: DeCordova Museum, 2007.

"Big Red On-the-Town: The Superhero Project: Part One and Two." Big Red and Shiny

67 13

August 2007.
Cook, Greg. "Ah Painting." Boston Phoenix

26 January 2007: 21.

Harrington, Jill. "Lights, Color, Action." New England Home

(March/April 2007): 110.

Johnson, Ken. "Seeing a Pattern." Boston Globe

2 February 2007: D6-D 7.

Lloyd, Ann Wilson. "Artists to Watch." Art and Auction

(July 2007)

McQuaid, Cate. "The Medium is Her Message." Boston Globe

22 March 2007: C7.

--------. "Art Brought to the Edge." Boston Globe

27 December 2007


#61 8 April 2007

Whitman, Arthur. "Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century @ the Decordova." Big Red
and Shiny

61 8 April 2007.

2003 Grubb, R.J. "A World of its Own." Bay Windows

13 February 2003: 25.

Hopkins, Randi. "Sun's Gonna Rise." Boston Phoenix

31 January 2003: 3.

Mcquaid, Cate. "Amid a Dizzying Array of Color and Wildlife, a Pattern Emerges." Boston Globe


September 2003: C18.
--------. "In Klimt's Mold." Boston Globe

23 February 2003: C17.

2002 Temin, Christine. "Drawing Attention." Boston Globe

1 January 2002: D8

2001 The Drawing Show

. Boston, MA: Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, 2001.

Panels And Lectures

2008 Emmanuel College, Visiting Artist Lecturer, Boston, MA
2007 Art Institute of Boston at Lesley Col ege, Visiting Artist Lecture, Boston, MA

Massachusetts College of Art, Visiting Artist and Critic, Boston, MA


Art New England, Faculty Artist Lecture, Bennington Col ege, Bennington, VT

2005 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Pre-College Program, Visiting Artist, Boston, MA

2004 Massachusetts College of Art, Visiting Artist, Boston, MA

Montserrat College of Art, Pre-College Program, Visiting Artist, Beverly, MA

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Pre-College Program, Visiting Artist, Boston, MA

2003 Bard College, The Life Of Art/The Art Of Life, Guest Panelist, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Connoisseurs Studio Program, Guest Artist, Boston, MA

2002 Lynnarts Annual Mixed Media Exhibit, Guest Jury Panelist, Lynn, MA


School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Alumni Speaker, Boston, MA

2001 Museum of Contemporary Art, Artist Lecture Panelist, Tucson, AZ