BIO

Lauren Balderama is a ceramic artist and writer, Born in Memphis Tennessee. The themes of their work centre around making monuments and mementos to memories and love through text and symbolism. Balderama completed their BFA in ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in December 2016. Since graduating they have begun to explore other sculptural mediums, continuing to expand on these themes, develop forms, and accumulate new symbols.


CV

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics - 2012-2016
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD. December, 2016

Residencies:
Long-term resident artist at Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta, CA. 2017-2018

Professional Experience:
Collections Assistant - June 2018 to July 2018
Medalta at the Historic Clay District - Medicine Hat, AB
Assisted in the conservation of industrial historical artifacts on site, and cataloging items into databases.

Instructor - 2018
Medalta, Medicine Hat AB, Canada
Teaching adult sampler classes for wheel throwing, and teaching children’s ceramic art classes

Curatorial Assistant - January 2018 to May 2018
Medalta at the Historic Clay District - Medicine Hat, AB
Gallery preparation: Deinstalling, packing, and shipping artworks from previous shows, patching and painting walls, moving and installing furniture, shelving units, and various other display items, installing work for upcoming shows, preparing the gallery space and refreshments for receptions

Teaching assistant in community education, summer sessions - Summer 2012-2015, 2017
Memphis College of Art (MCA), Memphis, TN
Teaching assistant for digital photography, darkroom photography and alternative processes classes

Undergraduate Course Assistant (UCA) - January 2016 to May 2016
Maryland Institute College of Art - Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate course assistant for Intro to Wheel throwing: Prepping classroom and materials for demonstrations, assisted with teaching ceramic techniques and critiquing student work, cleaning classroom space after each class

Artist Volunteer - September 15, 2015
Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
Assisted Walter McConnell with parts making for an installation in raw clay for his show Itinerant Edens: Of Fable and Facsimile             

Exhibitions/Performances
Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Felt The Same (MAIR Exhibition), 2018, Solo Exhibition
Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta, Medicine Hat AB, Canada

I Will Hold You Dear, 2016, Solo Exhibition
Leidy Atrium, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

Love Me Tender, 2016, Featured artist and Co-curator
Main O Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

9 to 5, 2015, Performer
Main O Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

Figuring Bodies, 2015, Featured artist
Middendorf Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

Crooks & Grannies, 2014, Featured artist
Main O Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD