Laurie Beth Clark
Laurie Beth Clark was raised in Brooklyn NY. She earned degrees in Art from Hampshire College (BA 1976), University of New Mexico (MA 1981), and Rutgers University (MFA 1982). She has made large-scale, site-specific installations, solo and collaborative performances, and virtual environments. She has also published essays in print and electronic journals and in anthologies. Her work was early featured in venues including Franklin Furnace and Randolph Street Gallery. She has done more than 150 performances in 35 countries on five continents. Her work has been recognized with funding from the Art Matters, Arts Midwest, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Clark has lectured in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Britain, Indonesia, Korea, Holland, and Portugal. The recurring themes in Clark’s work are gender and ethnicity, justice and memory, the nexus of employment and unemployment, and the persistence of material culture into the electronic era.