About Denise Laurin

Artist, Art Educator and Art Historian


Some artists work with traditional media. Some work with digital tools. Some are teachers. Some make the intensive study of art history their life's work. Denise Laurin is an unusual combination of all of these. In her own words, she guides individuals to "see how integral to life art is," and to "rediscover their own magnificence" through art.

Bachelor of Arts, Northern Illinois University in Studio Art and Art History

Masters of Arts, Northern Illinois University in Art History

Continuing Education: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy of Art, Grace Cole Studio, Chicago, The New York Academy of Art, ArtCrit Academy with David Jon Kassan.

Specialization: Academic Realism in Portraiture and Figurative Work

Media: Graphite, Charcoal Pencil; Pastel, Oil Painting, Digital

Teaching Experience: Denise has taught Renaissance Art History, Non-Western Art, Ancient Art History, Introduction to the Visual Arts, Design Fundamentals, Color Theory, Observational Drawing, Portfolio, Illustrator and Photoshop on the college level. She also has taught drawing, painting, digital photography and A.P. Art History at a private high school in Manhattan between 2009-2013. She led workshops at the Museum of Modern Art in traditional Japanese scroll-making during 2013.

Design: For over twenty years, Denise managed a graphic design business serving clients from every sector of business including financial, retail, food, healthcare and more. She won national recognition for her work and was named Woman of the Year from Women in Design/Chicago.

Exhibitions: Her work has been exhibited in many venues in the Chicago area, including the Fine Arts Building Gallery and Triangle Gallery. In New York, she has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, CB 12 Manhattan, and the Gold Wing Gallery.

Affiliations: Denise Laurin is recognized as an Advanced Communicator from Toastmasters International and is a member of The Creativity Coaching Association.

Selected Exhibitions

The Art of Music and Dance. Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA. June 29-August 1, 2021. 

Masters and Muses. Cedarburg Art Museum, WI. September 2020-January 2021.
Figures and Faces. Fusion Art. Online Exhibition. September 2020.

The Second Half Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. September 2020.

"The Students and their Teacher."  Poplar Creek Library, Streamwood, IL. August 2020.
Faculty Exhibition,
Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Elgin Community College, January 2020.
TokoNoMAA: Visions of Home in the Heights.
A MoMA/NoMAA Collaborative Project. Gold Wing Gallery, Manhattan. March-April 2014.

Intoxicating Romance. Corcho Wine Room, Manhattan. December 2013-April 2014.

TokoNoMAA: Visions of Home in the Heights. A MoMA/NoMAA Collaborative Project. 
  Community Board 12, Manhattan. New York. June 2013.
What I Want to Say: Coreforms and Keywords: Vernissage. DOE Projekts. Pop Up Gallery at 23 East Madison, Chicago, IL. April 18, 2013.  
Time, Space Womb Gallery, Long Island City, New York, November 2012.

Just Us At Work, Doe Projekts, Kassel Germany, July 2012.

Blue Hues, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Fort Tilden Park, Brooklyn, NY, March 2012.

Gifted, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Fort Tilden Park, Brooklyn, NY, December 2011.

Tokonoma: Visions of Home, New Work by Denise Laurin, Finestra Art Space,
  The Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL, November 2010.
Artists of the Atelier Alternative, Galerie Maison Rouge, Chicago, IL, July 2009.

Faculty Exhibit Exchange, Art Institute, Cincinnati, OH, April/May 2009.

Featured Artist; October 2006, Ontarioville Art, Hanover Park, IL, October 2006.

Faces and Places; Third Place in Show, The Bloomingdale  Art Museum;
  Bloomingdale, IL, September 2006.
Aphrodisia: The Art of the Female Form; “Loss”, graphite and mixed media work chosen for publication, September 2006.

Leonardo daVinci: A Finite Life...Infinite Possibilities;  Triangle Gallery of Old Town; 
  November 2002.

Prevailing Human Spirit; Society of Illustrators, New York, NY; January/February 2002.

Photo 2002; Bloomingdale Art Museum, Bloomingdale, IL; January/March 2002.

5th Annual Chicago Art Open; Chicago Artists’ Coalition, 3rd floor gallery at 847 West
  Jackson, Chicago, IL; October 2002.

National Small Works Exhibition; Bloomingdale Art Museum; Bloomingdale, IL;
    October/December 2001.

4th Annual Chicago Art Open; 3rd floor gallery at 847 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois;
  October 2001.

3rd Annual Chicago Art Open; Chicago Artists’ Coalition, 3rd floor gallery at 847 West
  Jackson, Chicago, Illinois; November 2000.

Union Images 2000; One of 50 artists chosen for the Chicago Federation of Labor’s
  juried exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center; Chicago, Illinois; September 2000.
En route; juried group show, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; February 2000.