Laura Newman is an abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn.

She has received fellowships and awards from The American Academy in Rome, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The New York Foundation on the Arts and Vassar College. 

In 2018 she had a solo exhibition at Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, reviewed by Jennifer Riley at, and a two-person exhibition along with Marcy Rosenblat at 490 Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn.

In 2017 her paintings were the subject of a  solo exhibition at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, curated by Barry Rosenberg, Director of Contemporary Galleries. Her work was included in 2019 group exhibiitons at Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, The Abrazo Gallery at the Clemente, New York. Other exhibitions include, 1 GAP Gallery, NSCAD University, Lesley Heller Gallery,  Bellwether Gallery, Victoria Munroe Gallery,  72 Front Street, The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Arena, Art 101, Brian Morris Gallery, Fordham University, The National Academy of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art and The New Museum.

Publications include The DrawerRevue de DessinUntitled, Spring, 2017, selected by Barbara Soyer; a catalog from NSCAD University with essays by John Yau and Amy Sillman, and reviews in The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum Magazine, The New York Times, and Bomb Magazine.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at Cooper Union, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Vassar College.




Born Cleveland, Ohio                                                                                 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York                             website:



2018   Laura Newman: New Paintings, Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York

2017   Laura Newman: Structures, Contemporary Art Galleries,

            University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

 2012   Laura Newman, Recent Paintings, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York

2011   Air, 1 GAP Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2010   Glass Walls and Billboards, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

2007   Lesley Heller Gallery, New York

2004   Skies and Highways, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia 

2002   Bellwether Gallery, New York

1996   Tenri Gallery, New York

1987-9 Victoria Munroe Gallery, New York



2018   Laura Newman and Marcy Rosenblat, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn

2016   Machines of Paint and Other Materials, 72 Front Street, Brooklyn

          Conference of the Birds, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York

          Surface Two, curated by Renee Ricardo, Arena, Brooklyn

          Inside Out, Art 101, Brooklyn, New York

2015   Working in NYC, Central Connecticut University, New Britain, Connecticut

          Paperazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

 2014  My Big Fat Painting, Brian Morris Gallery, New York

          Clouds, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

 2013   Rockslide Sky, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York

 2012   What’s the Point, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York

           Charles Hagen, Laura Newman, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn

 2011   Little Languages/Coded Pictures, Lesley Heller Fine Art, New York

 2010   Rhyme not Reason, curated by John Yau, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery 

 2009   Mary Carlson and Laura Newman, Big,Small/Casual Gallery, Long Island City

 2008   The 183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,

            The National Academy of Design, New York

2006   Air, Monya Rowe Gallery, curated by Amy Sillman, New York

2002   Art on Paper, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

1998   Current Undercurrent, The Brooklyn Museum, New York

1997   Dreams and Dislocations, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York 

1992   American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards Winners, New York

1984   New Work, The New Museum, New York 



2018   “Being in the World: Laura Newman at Victoria Munroe” Jennifer Riley

2017  The Drawer, Revue de Dessin, Volume 12, Untitiled, March, selected by Barbara Soyer

         “Laura Newman on a Diagonal Line in Matisse’s View of Notre Dame”, Painters on Painting,          

2016  “Machines of Paint”

2015  "Art Talks, Stars and Personage, Juan Miro”, Francis Lehman Loeb Center,

          No Shape Bends The River So Long, Monica Berlin, Beth Marzoni, book cover

2014   Art Critical, “My Big Fat Painting” link

2012   Rockslide Sky, an exhibition inspired by Roberto Bolano’s story Gomez Palacio, Fordham University at Lincoln                Center, curated by Carleen Sheehan, catalog

          Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint, October 2 link

2011   Laura Newman interviewed by Emily Auchincloss, NYArts Magazine, October 

2010   Amy Sillman,  “Never trust a Laura Newman Vertical”,, September 9, 2010  (Revised essay) link

          “Laura Newman, Glass Walls and Billboards”, catalog
          Essays by Amy Sillman and John Yau, NSCAD University, Halifax

2008   The National Academy Museum, The 183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art (catalog)

2007   Stephanie Buhmnan, exhibition review, page 35, The Brooklyn Rail, October

2004   “Laura Newman, Skies and Highways”(catalog) Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia

2002    Martha Schwendener, Artforum Magazine, Summer, Exhibition Review

           Judith Linhares, "Laura Newman," Bomb Magazine, Spring

1997    Mary Murphy, “Subversive Pleasures: Painting’s New Feminine Narrative,” The New Art Examiner, March

1996    Roberta Smith, The New York Times, June 21



2017, 2015    The American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Residency

2015, 1985    Yaddo, Residency

2002-2016    Vassar College, Faculty Research Committee Awards

2010             Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University Residency, Halifax,

1996             New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Painting

1992             American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rosenthal Award

1985             Macdowell Colony, Residency

1981             John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting

1980             Rome Prize Fellowship in Painting, The American Academy in Rome


Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Chase Manhattan Bank
IBM Corporation
Neuberger and Berman
The New Museum Impermanent Collection
Prudential Insurance Company 
The University of Arizona 


1998-present   Associate Professor, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

1998-1999      Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

1993-1997      Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1990-1993      The Cooper Union School of Art, New York

1989-1990      Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia


2017              University of Connecticut, public lecture

                       University of Florida, Gainesville

                       California State University, Long Beach

2016               University of Connecticut, MFA program

                       School of Visual Arts, MFA program

2015               “Gallery Conversation: Scale from the Artist's and Curator's Viewpoint”,

                      Public conversation with curator Mary-Kay Lombino, The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

                       "Art Talks, Stars and Personage, Juan Miro

2014               Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, Baltimore,

2013               Knox University, Gaylesburg, Visiting Artist and Juror, Al Young Contest

2010               Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax,

2012               The Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA

                      Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


1981   The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Graduate Program

1978   The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, BFA 

1977   The California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California