Denise Laurin-Donatelle
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-Donatelle 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.

 

Education: She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University in Studio Art and Art History, and a Masters of Art in Art History. Highlights include a teaching assistantship in Art History and study abroad in Japan.

 

Continuing Education: In addition to her academic degrees, Denise has studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy of Art, privately with Grace Cole, Chicago, and at The New York Academy of Art with Peter Cox. Her media include oil painting, graphite, pastels, digital art, paper arts, collage and photography.

 

She has traveled the world to see and be inspired by great works of art in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

 

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-Donatelle is recognized as an Advanced Commmunicator Bronze from Toastmasters International.

 

Selected Exhibitions

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.

Previous Public Lectures

 

Gold Leaf

May 2019Midwest Collage Society

SEA Conference

February 2019

Self Employment in the Arts

Traditional Japanese Scroll-Making Workshop

August 2018

Midwest Collage Society

Traditional Japanese Scroll-Making Workshop

March 17 and April 21, 2013

MoMA Education Center

New York City, NY

 

Best Practices for Cultivating Creativity

October 2011

Creativity Coaching Association Bi-Annual Conference

Lake George, NY

 

Who Does She Think She IS?

September 2010

Panelist on Women and Creativity

Momasphere, Brooklyn, NY

 

Living Creatively

May 8, 2008

Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

Mart Center Plaza, Chicago, IL

 

Infusing Creativity and Passion in Our Business Ventures

April 21, 2008

Women’s Business Network

North Central College, Naperville, IL

 

Make a Great Living Creatively for Designers

February 21, 2008

Self-Employment in the Arts,

8th Annual SEA Conference

Lisle, IL

 

Make a Great Living Creatively for Designers

October 9, 2007

The Chicago Creative Coalition

Chicago, IL

 

Make a Great Living Creatively for Artists

Arts in Bartlett

October 9, 2007

The James “Pate” Philip State Park, Bartlett, IL

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