Artist Statement

I create non-representational, painterly works featuring imperfect pattern and fresh color relationships. 

My surfaces are constructed out of the history I have collected in my studio: wood or canvas covered with older abandoned works on paper and a plaster-like medium.  I sand and scrape with different tools to create a new texture.  I paint with many layers of acrylic and finish with a matte or gloss varnish.  Upon close inspection you will see my wobbly, hand-painted lines and the drips of paint allowed to remain where they fell.

As I work over several months on each painting, my mind starts to assign the meaning of pattern and color to more narrative elements. They become aerial-view landscapes, tapestries, tributes to ordinary objects. My goal as a painter is to take small moments and make them spectacular.

Painting is my lifelong pursuit.  I began my formal training as a teen, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in painting and have lived and worked as an artist all over the United States.  I make my home and studio now near 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


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

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


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