A Minneapolis based artist, Laura Hampton holds an MA and MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1980. Ms. Hampton also studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1980-82. As a young student at the Pennsylvania Academy, Ms. Hampton was the recipient of the Nicholas Bucciarelli Drawing Prize.
The artist exhibited with the Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN from 1994 until 2010. Her work has also been carried by Cline Fine Art of Santa Fe, NM, a prestigious gallery focusing on the work of the Early American Modernists. As a professional artist, Ms. Hampton holds a long resume of solo and group exhibitions. The artist's work is held in prominent private and corporate collections nationwide.
In addition to her work as a professional artist, Ms. Hampton teaches part time. For the past twenty two years, she has spent her summers teaching painting classes at Dine` College (Tsaile campus) on the Navajo Nation in NE Arizona. Much of her recent work has been inspired by her experiences in the Southwest linking her to the rich legacy of the Early American Modernists who spent time in the Taos/Santa Fe area capturing the drama, light and beauty of the region. Recently the artist and her husband broke with their tradition of spending summers in Navajo Country and joined a group of Navajo friends and colleagues on a trip to Peru. Many images are incubating from those experiences in Peru.