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, Yaddo, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The New York Foundation on the Arts and the Vassar College Committee on Research.

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.  Other exhibitions include Jen Bekman Gallery, 1 GAP Gallery, NSCAD University, Lesley Heller Workspace, Bellwether Gallery and Victoria Munroe Gallery and group shows at 72 Front Street, The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Arena, Brian Morris Gallery, Fordham University, The National Academy of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art and The New Museum, among others.

Publications include The Drawer, Revue 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


2017   Laura Newman: Structures, University of Connecticut, Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, Connecticut20122012 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


Machines of Paint and Other Materials, curated by Jennifer Riley, 72 Front Street, Brooklyn
Conference of the Birds, curated by Brenda Zlamany, Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC, New York City
Surface Two, curated by Renée Riccardo with Kira Nam Greene, Ketta Ioannidou, Laura Newman, Rhonda Wall and Mie Yim, Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Inside Out, curated by Susan Hambleton, Ellen Driscoll, Laura Newman, Esther Pdemski, and Scott Williams, Art 101, Brooklyn, New York

Paperazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Working in NYC, Central Connecticut University, New Britain, Connecticut

My Big Fat Painting, Brian Morris Gallery, New York
Clouds, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

Rockslide Sky, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York

What’s the Point, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York
Charles Hagen: Photographs, Laura Newman: Paintings, Carol Shen Gallery, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, New York

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

Rhyme not Reason: Marilyn Lerner, Laura Newman, David Rhodes, Sherman Sam, Karla Wozniak, curated by John Yau, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery 

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

The 183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Design, New York
Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York

Air, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York

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

Current Undercurrent, The Brooklyn Museum, New York

Dreams and Dislocations, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York 

Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection, The New Museum, New York 

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, Award Winners and Invitational

New Work, The New Museum, New York 



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,  


“Machines of Paint”


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

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

Art Critical, “My Big Fat Painting” link

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

Laura Newman interviewed by Emily Auchincloss, NYArts Magazine, October 

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

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

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

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

Martha Schwendener, Artforum Magazine, Summer

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

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

Roberta Smith, The New York Times, June 21

Chase Manhattan Bank
IBM Corporation
Neuberger and Berman
The New Museum Impermanent Collection
Prudential Insurance Company
The University of Arizona 

2017          American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Residency

2015           Yaddo, Residency
2014          American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Residency
2002-2017  Vassar College, Faculty Research Grants
2010           Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University Residency, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1996           New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Painting
1992           American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award
1985           Yaddo, Residency
1985           Macdowell Colony, Residency
1981           John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
1980           The Rome Prize Fellowship in Painting, The American Academy in Rome

1998-present  Associate Professor, Art Department , 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

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