Lauren Strohacker is an eco-political artist whose work emphasizes the non-human in an increasingly human-centric world. Born in Ohio in 1983, she received a BFA (2006) from The Ohio State University and an MFA (2011) from Arizona State University. Strohacker’s new genre public art practice routinely consults and collaborates with both local and national wildlife conservation organizations. Conceptually, Strohacker’s focus on wildlife and biodiversity reflects larger contexts of ecology, conservation, and politics. As Ursula K. Heise writes, “Strohacker's works, with their sophisticated mix of attention to the real world of nature and attention to its many mediations and representations, are a brilliant gateway to these discussions about the futures of nature and humans as well as nonhumans' places in those futures..” Strohacker has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo exhibitions (Museum of the Southwest, Mesa Community College Art Gallery), in group exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and in the traveling exhibition Biodiversity/Extinction. In 2014, Strohacker was awarded the Artist Research & Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 2016, Strohacker lectured at the Annenberg Space for Photography’s Iris Nights lecture series in Los Angeles. She has participated in creative residencies with Border Arts Corridor, Scottsdale Public Art, and the Montello Foundation. Her work is also exhibited publicly, upcoming at ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids Michigan and most recently at the UCLA Symposium Earth Now: Earth 2050, and DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s international light-based art exhibition. Her work has been published nationally most notably by LENS Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Sierra Magazine, the New York Times, and USA Today.
Lauren's ArtPrize Entries
These are Lauren's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Lauren's Past Work
These are images of past work that Lauren has done.