Laura Fritz is an award winning and critically lauded installation and video artist originally hailing from Chicago. She has exhibited at the Des Moines Art Center, Aljira Contemporary Art Center, Reed College, PNCA and NAAU. Fritz studied art at Drake University where she pursued both jewelry and painting. This was at a time that intermedia installation art were not in the curricula. On Drake's campus she began to explore an interest in the mysterious and was struck by the stark volumes of a Mies van der Rohe building, which later influenced the design of her furniture and installations. After moving to Portland in the mid 90's, she began to utilize the psychological effects of dark furniture forms, light and objects that seemingly embody uncertainty. After a string of critically acclaimed exhibitions at SOIL (Seattle), Reed College and Soundvision (Portland), and large scale group exhibitions including Core Sample, she was awarded one the New American Art Union's innovative Couture stipend awards. Her last solo exhibition in Portland (Entorus, 2012) was noted by critic Peter Plagens in the Wall Street Journal. She has just been awarded a 2014 Oregon Arts Commission fellowship in the visual arts.