Laurie Halsey Brown is a interdisciplinary artist that connects people to places, and the Director/Founder of senseofplace LAB. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. After which, she lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Rotterdam, the Netherlands for five years. She has been living in San Francisco since 2007.
A large scale interdisciplinary piece based on her residency in the World Trade Center was shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC in 2001, and her work afterwards has been shown nationally in places such as Exit Art, White Columns and internationally, including creating several large interdisciplinary art projects funded by the Dutch and British government. She has also had video work shown internationally in such venues as the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
In 2015, she received a Caltrans Environmental Justice: Context Sensitive Design Program grant, for a large-scale public art project at 16th/Mission BART Plaza; created a solo project in Portland; showed work at Focal Point Gallery in London, and as part of the Parking Lot Art Fair and stART-up fair in San Francisco. In 2014, she was in two exhibitions as SOMArts. She was nominated for the 2013 The Present Prize for research-based work. She was one of ten finalists for a 2012 Masterminds Grant from SF Weekly: Honoring the Bay Area’s Most Inventive Artists. Her photographs were in an 2011-2012 exhibition in the Bay Area juried by Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography at the Oakland Museum of California – and won a Jurors Choice Award. She is also included in the 2011-2012 exhibition Before the Fall at the New York State Museum.
Brown’s work has been written about in Art in America, and several times in The New York Times, and most recently in SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, The Bold Italic and KPIX. Her works are part of the permanent collection in the Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and in many private collections. She has been actively involved in guest residencies nationally and internationally including Belfast, N. Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in the UK.