About

I am an interdisciplinary artist. In my work I combine the disciplines of drawing, movement and voice to create performance pieces. The performances explore the mantra Life = Movement/Movement = Life. Movement, as the term applies to my work, refers not only to physical movement but includes intellectual movement (the workings of the mind and imagination) and spiritual movement (the stirring of the soul). 

Dance embodies a direct connection to the expression of life; the human body has the ability to communicate immediately what is in the mind and the soul. But dance is an ephemeral art form. You see it, and then it is gone forever. My art practice centers on finding the connection between outer movement (the physical body) and inner movement (the creative and spiritual body). I observe and draw dancers, collaborate with dancers and choreographers, and am continually working to deepen my understanding of how my own body moves. My objective is to discover the place where dance and drawing meet and to create a new discipline that blurs their distinction. Dance is linear and temporal, drawing is fixed in time. Drawing can become time-based when the drawing process, like a dance, is performed for an audience. Dance, not just the physical form of the dancers, but also the emotional, intellectual and spiritual expression of the dance, can break out of the bonds of time when its gestures are recorded as line drawn on a sheet of paper. 

Collaboration is key to my art practice and has helped balance the interdependence of the elements of my work. The collaborative experience affords me a chance to glean the working methods of other disciplines and apply them to my work. One of the goals of my art practice is to give the drawing process an equal footing with the other performing arts. Collaborating provides an opportunity for the drawing process to be seen alongside dance, music, or the spoken word. 

The purpose of my art is to reveal what is beautiful, true and good in this world. We have had enough of fear and violence. I create to defy those who only want to destroy. I am moving toward life. Movement = Life.

 

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EDUCATION 

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Drawing, Dance and Performance, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT 
BFA program, Drawing and Painting, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 
BA Cum Laude, Art Education, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES 

2016

Merge (Movement=Life), solo exhibit, The Benedictine Center, St. Paul, MN

Merge, solo exhibit and stage drawings, The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2015

Artworks by Lara Hanson and Kristi Kuder, duo exhibit, Plymouth Congregational Church Fine Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar 15th Anniversary Art Show, group exhibit, St. Paul, MN

2014

4 x 4 = 100 Choreographers, collaborative performance with Minnesota choreographers, Walker Art Center Open Field, Minneapolis, MN

2011

St. Paul Almanac Reading events, live drawing, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul, MN 


2010 

One, Two, Three Burgundy, drawing performance with cellist Didier Petit, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul, MN 
St. Paul Almanac Reading events, live drawing, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul, MN 
Almanac Artists, group show, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul, MN 

2009 

St. Paul Almanac Reading events, live drawing, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul, MN 
St. Paul Art Crawl performance, collaborative performance with Nathan Hanson, Brian Roessler, Sheila Regan, and Matthew Hodge 
Drawings from Field Songs, solo exhibit, Southern Theater, Mpls, MN 

2008 

Marking Movement, solo exhibit and collaborative performance at the American Dance Festival, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Durham, NC 
Unfamiliar Geometry, collaborative performance with Nathan Hanson and Heather Wells, The Electric Eyes Festival, The Southern Theater, Mpls, MN 
Unbranded, collaborative performance with Michelle Kinney and Gary Waryan, Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, MN 
C.A.R.E. (Local Vietnamese Community Art Re-Encountered), group exhibit, Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery, Hong Kong 
Selected Works, solo exhibit, Capitol Hill gallery, Saint Paul, MN 
Life/Line, solo exhibit of drawings at the Southern Theater, Mpls, MN. 

2007 

Drawing residency, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC 

2006 

Women in Spirituality Conference, with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 
JERWECA Center for the Arts performance, with Claire Barratt, Federico Ughi, Nathan Hanson, Jersey City, NJ 

2005 

JERWECA Center for the Arts performance,with Claire Barratt, Federico Ughi, Jersey City, NJ 
Jersey City Artists Studio Tour performance, with Claire Barratt, Federico Ughi, Jersey City, NJ 
Between Ma and a Soft Space, with Claire Barratt and friends, Chashama, New York, NY 
Cathedral Arts Festival 2005, six hour drawing performance, Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City, NJ 
Between Ma and a Soft Space, with Claire Barratt and David Beardsley, The Construction Company, NYC 

2004 

Antiphony, with Ken Medema and Nathan Hanson, Birmingham, AL 
Motion Sculpture Movement Installation, with Claire Barratt and friends, Chashama, New York, NY 

2003 

Art in Motion, with National Arts Honor Society, Manheim Central High School, Manheim, PA 
Martial Arts, with Tara Rebele and Jathan Gurr, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT 

2002 

Improvisation #2, collaboration with Federico Ughi and Nathan Hanson, Physical Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 
Walk Through, collaboration with Michael Eschenbach, Julie Kavee, and Nathan Hanson, Physical Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 
MFA-IA Student Performance Night, collaboration with Michael Eschenbach, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT 
MFA-IA Student Art Show, group show, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT 

2001 

sPACe Aerial Dance Fest, drawing performance, Physical Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 
PAC Space Open House, group show, Physical Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 

2000 

Employees' Art Show, group show, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 
Drawings from The Bloody Chamber, solo show, St. Marks Theater, New York, NY 

1999 

Life=Movement/Movement=Life, solo show, Big Genius Art Supplies and Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Sidewalk Show, Williamsburg Arts and Culture Festival, Brooklyn, NY 
Judson Gym Open Performance, collaboration with Julie Kavee, Elliot Humberto Kavee, and Nathan Hanson, New York, NY 
Fight Fate with Faith: Fortune Cookies, collaboration with choreographer Eugene Hutchins, Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC 

1998 

Impulse and Sequence Revisited, solo show, Frogtown Gallery, St. Paul, MN 
Women Artists of St. Paul, Kahoots Gallery, St. Paul, MN 
St. Paul Art Crawl, Northern Warehouse, St. Paul, MN 
Impulse and Sequence, Hauss Dance, Redeye Theater, Minneapolis, MN 
The 1998 Annual Juried Student Show, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 
Student Print Show, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 

1997 

Ethiopian Nativity, commission, Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul, MN 
Frogtown Family Lofts Artists' Co-op Open House, St. Paul,MN 
The Denial of St. Lara, solo show, Frogtown Gallery, St. Paul, MN 
2233456, Hauss Dance, Redeye Theater, Minneapolis, MN 
The 1997 Annual Juried Student Show, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 


PUBLICATION 

Movement Research Performance Journal #29, Improvisation is Dead/Long Live Improvisation, pp 10-11, Spring 2005 (NY, NY) 


SELECTED AWARDS 

1997-98 Virginia Rahja Scholarship, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2015-present
Owner of and instructor at Moving Line Studio, art education for children and adults, St. Paul, MN

2007-2014
Art instructor/art program coordinator, Partnership Resources, Inc., St. Louis Park, MN, Multimedia 

2006-2007
Art instructor, St. Paul Public Schools Community Education, St. Paul, MN, Multimedia 

2004 
Lecturer, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY 

2003 
Artist-in-Residence, Manheim Central High School, Manheim, PA 

2000-2006 
Art instructor, The Churchill School, New York, NY, Multimedia 

1999 
Museum Education Intern, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, Drawing and Gallery Operations 

1997-1998 
Instructor, Minnesota Arts in Education Program, St. Paul, MN, Painting and Drawing 

1997 
Instructor, Frogtown Arts Outreach Program, St. Paul, MN, Drawing, Painting, Illustration 

1994-1995 
Art Therapist, Options for Individuals, Louisville, KY, Drawing, Painting 

1990-1992 
Instructor, Garden Streams, Hong Kong, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture 


RELATED EXPERIENCE 

2006 
Autism and the Arts Teaching Artist Workshop, VSA Arts of Minnesota, Autism Society of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 
Statewide Artists in Education Conference (AIE), Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN 
A Minnesota Retreat for the Arts, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, MN 

2005-2006 
Brain -Based Teaching, monthly workshops conducted by Dr. Robert Greenleaf, The Churchill School, New York, NY 

2000-2006 
The Joyce Theater Professional Development Workshops for Teachers, The Joyce Theater, New York, NY