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.


PROFILE

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


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

2018
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2017
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

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, MI
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