Laura Cooperman received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. While at MICA she was accepted into the New York Studio Program in New York City, where she worked as an assistant for Nancy Spero and Alan Sonfist as well as studied under the direction of many professional artists. Following her graduation, Laura was awarded the Grainger Marburg Travel Grant, which allowed her to live and work in Beijing, China and led to a yearlong period of extensive travel. In each new place, she created a collection of cut paper drawings and installations depicting the specific architectural landscape she found there. Through the amalgamation of these specific sites, Cooperman references the loss of localized meaning in our contemporary world. Traditional textile designs, architectural elements, wild vegetation and commercial products from different cultures find themselves pieced together in a new environment with new meaning and purpose attached.
Laura has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as Lesley Heller Workspace, Center For Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, Flanders Art Gallery and Gallery Imperato. Awards include the Winifred M. Gordon International Award, the Grainger Marburg Travel Grant and a residency at Red Gate in Beijing, China, and the Creative Workforce Fellowship. She has been included in publications such as Perfect Paper, Choosing and Using Paper, Handmade 3D and The Paper Engineering Handbook. Born in Cleveland, Laura lives and works in Cleveland Heights. Her work is currently on view in the exhibition "Cut it Up" at Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY.