Lauren Iacoponi is a Chicago based fiber artist. Her interest in art began at a young age, though her style has changed drastically over the years. Lauren has taken courses in fine art since 2007 when she first began the High School Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2009 she studied Studio Art and Vocal Performance at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Lauren received her Bachelor's in Fine Art with a Minor in Art History from Columbia College in 2014. Lauren received a full scholarship to Northern Illinois University where she earned her Masters in Fine Art with a teaching Certificate in Art History May of 2018. She is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Northern Illinois University Fellowship for the School of Art and Design.
Recent highlights include exhibitions at Chicago's A+D Gallery, C-33 Gallery, Hokin Gallery, Studio Oh!, Elephant Room, Inc., Beverly Arts Center and Zhou B Art Center, and a solo exhibition at the University Club of Chicago. In addition to being an up-and-coming artist in Chicago's art scene, Lauren also writes for “DEFINEART” the Chicago-based art blog as well as being a contributing author for “Discovering Art in Chicago”, “Third Coast Review” and "Odyssey." Lauren is a prominent member of the Wabash Arts Corridor Advisory Board, where as a board member she initiated the successful Kickstarter campaign funding “Descending to Heaven”, a twenty-four by fifty-six foot photo mural for the Wabash Arts Corridor located at 710 S. Wabash. Additionally, Lauren is the Director and Co-Founder of Unpacked Mobile Gallery and the Exhibition Coordinator and Co-Curator at Rubberneck Gallery in Chicago. Lauren is exploring what it means to be post-modernist through recent work. Where one series references modern painting, another focuses on autobiographical themes utilizing personal belongings and hand-embroidered poetry.
Want to know more? Read Lauren's interview with Voyage Chicago