Laura L. Young

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"Core", 2006 Photography 12x12 © Laura Young
"Nature", 2006 Photography 12x16 © Laura Young
"Camo", 2010 Photography 12x16 © Laura Young
"Floyd", 2010 Photography 12x12 © Laura Young
Quick Facts
Lives in
Nashville TN
University of Georgia, BFA
University of Miami, MFA
identity, body ornamentation photography, figurative

Current event:solo exhibition at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum


Drawing on my body is a ritual that helps me explore my identity. This ritual which mimics the daily grooming and attention to appearance that is tightly woven into a woman’s identity binds me to the “Tribe of Women.” Yet, I strive to stretch the boundaries of my identity and construct a self image that plumbs the depths of my longing rather than conform to society’s ideals of feminine beauty and behavior.

The long history of body ornamentation is intricately connected to human identity.  Whether with permanent marks like tattoos, or temporary decorations like makeup and clothing, body art is used to signal an individual's place in society, to enhance beauty, and to symbolize group identity and affiliation.  It can also be a way for people to challenge social values and cultural assumptions about identity, and the body itself.





MFA, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

BFA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA



Transfigures, Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 2010

Skin Marks, Volunteer State College, Gallatin, TN, 2009

Skinscribe, Recent Photographs, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, curator David Knight, 2009

Self-Stories, Arcade Building, Nashville, TN, exhibition of photography and digital media, curator Daniel Lai, 2007



Shoot’n Southern, Mobile Museum of Art, invitational exhibition, curator Donan Klooz Mobile, Al, 2010

Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission gallery, 3 person show, Nashville, TN, 2009

Surface and Insight, Gallery F, Scarritt Bennett Center, curator Sabine Schlunk, Nashville, TN, 2009

Nylon Show, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM, juror Lauren Rabb, 2009

Nude 2009, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, juror Ruth Adams, 2009

Spot, Southeastern Photography Triennial, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC , juror Joyce Tenneson, 2007

Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN, photography exhibition, juror Daniel Lai, 2007

Art & Invention Gallery, Nashville, TN, curator Meg MacFayden, 2006

Filmhouse, Nashville, TN, 3 person exhibition, 2006

University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN, collaborative exhibition and workshop, 2004

Art & Invention Gallery, Nashville, TN,  Artrageous 16, 3 person exhibition, 2003

The Ties that Bind: Women and Collaboration, Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House, St. James, NY, juror Constance Koppelman, 2003



Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Nancy Hayden Architect, Nashville, TN

Hans Vorbusch, Luino, Italy


Transfigures, Ohio Wesleyan University, November 9, 2010

Skinmarks, Volunteer State College, November 13, 2009

Harmonics: Artist and Collaboration, University of Tennessee  Chattanooga, TN. Presented with Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel and Trish Tallon- Blanchard, Sept. 24, 2002

The Collaborative Process, University school of Nashville, 2004


Xhibit, Exhibition Catalog, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Spring 2009

Critics Picks, Nashville Scene, November 29, 2007

Spot 2007, Exhibition Catalog, Gregg Museum of Art and Design

Critics Picks, Nashville Scene, February 12, 2004

Art Review: The Ties that Bind, Helen Harrison, New York Times, March 30, 2003

Collaborate-To Work in Partnership, VAAN newsletter, no. 89

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