Laurie Pruitt

Laurie Pruitt

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Laurie Pruitt • Profile

 

Laurie Pruitt

Laurie Pruitt acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Western Michigan University in the early eighties. Her award winning images have earned her publication in the March 1995 and November 1995 issues of Photo Metro Magazine as well as two Photography Magazine summer editions.

Mysterious and atmospheric photographs reveal the transcendental presence of the spiritual through an intimate examination of the physical world. Her artwork invites the viewer into mystical narratives of solitude and stillness, where the found image becomes a dialogue with the sacred.

"As modern people of the 20th century, we are largely separated from a symbolic life. In this era of high-tech communication systems, I have questions about what is lost." - L. Pruitt


Laurie Pruitt • Statement

I have been making photographs for over 20 years. It has always been a process of exploration into the unknown. Through this work, I find an opening into receptivity, which makes possible a response to the dimension of living experience. There is a parallel universe through metaphor, which transcends the literal interpretations of our life situations.

This work has been deeply personal, and yet is not about "me".

Images are reflective; anything can be a mirror.

It is through these mirrors, in the landscape, in every day objects, in the life of small things, through the distillation of memory, that I may enter into presence and quietude, in order to notice what is often overlooked; vibrations of the eternal, in the moment. Paradoxically, my work is about photographing the invisible, through the vessel of the imagination. Small moments, noticed, stir and expand reverie. I am intrigued by what grows out of the ordinary, then transcends it; those moments where the material and spiritual realms overlap, those moments where we accumulate silent things within us.

We respond to beauty with emotion, and it speaks to the mystery of life. "Not knowing" is an important aspect of inspiration, because it frees me of concepts, attitudes, definitions, and points the way to discovery. I always begin "there", in a place of "not knowing", and wait for the image to appear, as resonance, rather than understanding.

As modern people of the 21st century, we are often separated from a symbolic life. In the midst of high tech communication systems, I have questions about what is lost - giving value to simple forms of exchange, through relationship, through finding intimate connections, through free association and subtle observations, through the symbolic language of perception, as it moves with creative impulses, and is brought into form, as expression, as response.


Laurie Pruitt • Biography

EDUCATION

2002
Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York; Coptic Relative Bookbinding and Letterpress

2001
Penland School of Crafts, Spring Concentration: Alternative photo processes, Paper and Bookmaking Studio; Anna Tomczak, Phil Parker

1995 
Lilo Raymond Photography Workshop

1992
Michael Kenna Photography Workshop

1990 
Sarah Moon Photography Workshop

1989
Lucien Clegue Photography Workshop

1983
Bachelor of Arts: Major in Photography, Minor in Dance; Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1999-present  
Professor of Photography at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
LaFontsee Galleries, "Freshly Considered", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2016
LaFontsee Galleries, "sELECTED Works", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Slightly Obsessive", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in the Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Collective Alchemy", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, "Faculty Review" Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Glen Vista Gallery at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, "Habitat", Kalamazoo, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Let's Get Started", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in The Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Lookie Here", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Unusual Suspects”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Go Figure”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Color Context”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Act II”, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Midtown Gallery, Six Photographers Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2008-2011   
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Annual Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2008   
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2007   
Gallery 360, Untitled Solo Exhibition, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, “West Michigan Area Show”, Kalamazoo, Michigan; received Pfizer Purchase Award

2006   
Kalamazoo College, “Women In Town,” Solo Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2003   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Holiday Muse,” Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Southwestern Michigan College, “Out of the Valley,” Ten-Year Retrospective, Dowagiac, Michigan

2002   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Personal Possessions,” Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fifteen Years,” Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Juniata College Museum of Arts, Solo Exhibition, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

LaFontsee Galleries, “Quiet Strength,” Three-Woman Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2001   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Winter Presents,” Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2000  
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Area Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1999    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Object of my Affection,” Grand Rapids, Michigan

1998    
LaFontsee Galleries, "People, Places & Things," Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Metamorphosis," Grand Rapids, Michigan

1997    
LaFontsee Galleries, Ten Year Gala Event, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Area Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1996    
Schaff Gallery, “Eight from Michigan,” Group Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio

Plaza Gallery, Solo Exhibition, The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Print Club, Center for Photography and Prints, "A Silent World," Solo Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York

The Print Club, Center for Photography and Prints, "80th International Competition," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; received Exhibition Award

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, "'96 Area Show," Kalamazoo, Michigan

Ella Sharpe Museum, Michigan Friends of Photography, "Photo National II Competition," Jackson, Michigan

1995    
Photo Metro, Annual Competition, San Francisco, California

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, "'95 Area Show," Kalamazoo, Michigan

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, Birmingham, Michigan

Community Arts Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Traverse City Arts Council, Traverse City, Michigan

Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

Krasl Art Center, "All Media Show," St. Joseph, Michigan

1994   
Shibui Gallery, "Stillness, Walks," Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Arts Council of Kalamazoo, "Poetics of Space," Solo Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Battle Creek Art Center, "Focus '94," Battle Creek, Michigan

1993    
Water Street Gallery, "Second Annual Photography Show," Saugatuck, Michigan

Krasl Art Center, "All Media Show," St. Joseph, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, “’93 Area Show,” Kalamazoo, Michigan; received Fourth Place Award

1992    
Water Street Gallery, "Three Photographers," Group Exhibition, Saugatuck, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, "Kalamazoo Area Show," All Media, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Battle Creek Art Center, "Focus '92," Battle Creek, Michigan

St. Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

Battle Creek Arts Center, "Michigan Competition for the Arts," Battle Creek, Michigan

1991
Battle Creek Art Center, Michigan Competition for the Arts, Battle Creek, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Alternative Processes, Kalamazoo, Michigan

SELECTED HONORS AND PUBLICATIONS

2012   
“25 Year Book”, LaFontsee Galleries

2006   
Recipient, Kalamazoo College, “Women in Town Award”, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1999-present  
Faculty Member, The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2005   
Grant, Kalamazoo College, “Women In Town,” Solo Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1996    
Exhibition Award, The Print Club, Center for Photography and Prints, "80th International Competition," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1995
Photo Metro, Annual Competition, November Issue

Photo Metro, Publication of Photography, March Edition, San Francisco, California

1994
The Photo Review, National Publication of Photography, Summer Edition

1993
The Photo Review, National Publication of Photography, Summer Edition

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Doug and Maria DeVos, Private Collection

Fetzer Foundation, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Nokomis Foundation, Grand Rapids, Michigan