Artist Statement

When asked to characterize my paintings, I describe the non-representational works as colliding blocks of color made orderly over time. 

Untethered to images in the natural world, they are strongly autobiographical. Embedded in each painting is what I observe around me during their making. My hand is evident in repeated attempts at both line control and hue perfection. Color is my hero protagonist, more pure these days and covering larger areas. My paintings are open, direct and proudly optimistic. Urgent “first drafts” are tempered by the reality that they always take their own time. Every part of the surface has been reconsidered.

Painting is my vocation and lifelong pursuit. I began my formal training as a teen, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (now MICA) with a BFA in painting and have lived and worked as an artist all over the United States. I make my studio these days in Kansas City and travel widely to exhibit my work.

Gallery Representation

Costello Childs Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

The Arts Company, Nashville, TN

Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

JRB Art at The Elms, Oklahoma City, OK

Recent Reviews

Nashville Arts Magazine


Arts Upload

Color and Balance at The Arts Company

The Arts Company Present Laura Nugent

Conversation with Artists: Marilyn Artus & Laura Nugent

Selected Corporate Collections

Hallmark Inc., Kansas City, MO

Pinnacle Bank, Nashville, TN

Robertson Law Group, Kansas City, MO

Black and Veatch, Overland Park, KS

Coldwell-Banker,  Corporate Woods, Overland Park, KS

St. Lukes Hospital, Overland Park, KS

St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO

Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, TX

Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions


“Not Everything Will Be Replaced”
Bunker Center for the Arts
Kansas City, MO


“Building Blocks”
Weinberger Fine Art
Kansas City, MO

“Color and Form”
The Arts Company
Nashville, TN

“Undiscovered Countries”
City Arts
Wichita, KS


"On The Surface"
JRB Art at The Elms
Oklahoma City, OK

"The Boundaries of Color"
The Arts Company                                                                Nashville, TN

"Where From Here"
The Late Show
Kansas City, MO

"Art and Artful Food featuring works by Laura Nugent"        Michael Smith                                                                            Kansas City, MO

"Now Showing: Laura Nugent"
Centric Projects
Kansas City, MO

“Paintings: Laura Nugent”
The Late Show
Kansas City, MO

“New and Recent Paintings”
Campanella Gallery - Park University
Parkville, MO

“Every Day is Not the Same”
Kansas City Artists Coalition Mallin Gallery
Kansas City, MO

“Recent Paintings”
Shirley Stiles Gallery
Westwood, Kansas

“Laura Nugent/NEW WORKS”
Dundee Gallery
Omaha, Nebraska

“Patchwork Girl: New Paintings by Laura Nugent”
Kansas City Artists Coalition Underground Gallery
Kansas City, MO

“Recent Works”
The Central Exchange
Kansas City, MO

“Now Showing: Laura Nugent”
Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, KS Public Library

“Laura Nugent: New Work on Canvas”
Irene B. French Art Gallery
Merriam, Kansas 

“Laura Nugent: New Works"
The Villager Fine Arts
Auburn, AL

“Laura Nugent: Distinguished Artist of ULCC”
Union League Club
Chicago, IL

“Laura Nugent: Works on Canvas and Paper”
Ronald L. Barr Gallery
New Albany, IN

“Laura Nugent: Small Paintings”
North Idaho College
Coeur D'Alene, ID

“New Works in Oil”
Blue Mountain Community College
Pendleton, OR     

Selected Juried & Invitational Group Shows


”Run Riot”
Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

"KC Collaborates"
Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

”Urban Joy”
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO


"Cultural Legacy"
Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

"Flat Files"
H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

”Past Present Future”
JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, OK


National Arts Program Exhibition                                            Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, Honolulu, HI

"Graphic : Lines : Color"
Roan and Black Contemporary, Saugatuck, MI

"Truth Trust Transcend: River Market Regional Exhibition"     Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City MO

"Beyond Bounds: Dazzling”
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

"Of Things to Come"
The Arts Company, Nashville, TN

"Gallery All Stars"
The Late Show, Kansas City, MO


Roan and Black Contemporary, Saugatuck, MI

“River Market Regional Exhibition”                                           Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO                   

"Flat Files"
H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

"Patchwork and Thread"
Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO


“Tangent”                                                                                 Fraction Studio, Kansas City, MO

 "Beyond Bounds: Electric"                                                      Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS


“Urban-Suburban”                                                                     Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS


“Beyond Bounds: Brilliant”                                                      Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS 


"Beyond Bounds: Glow"                                                          Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS


“Dimensions in Folk Art”  Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

“River Market Regional Exhibition”  Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

“Art at the Center”  Overland Park, KS 

“Cultures Without Borders”  Kansas City, MO,


“Prairie Village State of the Arts”                                              Endres Gallery, Prairie Village, KS


“Eighteen”  12x16 Gallery, Portland, OR

“Johnson County Arts Fest”  Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe, KS  


“MOAK Four State Regional Exhibition”  Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO  


“Small Works”   Nuartz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  


“Twelve Squared”  Prairie State College, Chicago, IL  

“Midwest Winter Exhibition”  Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

“Around the Coyote Curator’s Choice”  Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL  


“Art4Sale”  Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

“56th Annual Juried Exhibition”  Sioux City Art Center Sioux City, IA


“Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition” Swopes Museum of Art, Terre Haute, IN  

“Six Northwest Painters”  Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

“Eye Candy”  Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR  


“Juried Biennial”  A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY  

 “28th Willamette Valley Juried Exhibition”  Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR  


1992    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art

1990    Independent Painting Program, SACI Florence, Italy

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