SACI Alumni Success Story: Laci Coppins (Post-Bac in Photography, 2008-2009)

Laci Coppins, "Rocky Failed," 2015

Laci Coppins, “Rocky Failed,” 2015

SACI Alumna Laci Coppins concentrated in photography during the 1-year Post-Baccalaureate program at SACI in the Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 academic year. She describes her creative success as “an amazing journey since leaving SACI and Italy a few years ago.” In fact, Laci keeps a busy and active research and exhibition schedule, coupled with public art projects that contribute to her local community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Laci Coppins, "Quinceanera I & II," 2014

Laci Coppins, “Quinceanera I & II,” 2014

Laci’s current work is a “mix of photography” that was featured at the Taft Museum of Art (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the exhibition, Laci Coppins: Home is What You Carry. Images related to this series will be exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) later this summer.

Laci curated and presented her mixed media images in a show that opened earlier this month, WOMAN: (distinguished from man) at the Riverwest Artists Association in Milwaukee. Featuring four local female artists: Kari Couture, Madeline Martin, Sara Risley, Symphony Swan, and Laci Coppins, this collaborative exhibition focuses on the struggles of gender issues and bias. On view through June 28th, 2015.

Laci Coppins speaking at the National Art Education Association 2015 Convention on "Clarity of Purpose: Sharing and Adapting Exhibition Based Strategies Across Institutions"

Laci Coppins speaking at the National Art Education Association 2015 Convention on “Clarity of Purpose: Sharing and Adapting Exhibition Based Strategies Across Institutions”

Her presentation last March at the National Art Education Association 2015 Convention on “Clarity of Purpose: Sharing and Adapting Exhibition Based Strategies Across Institutions” was a huge hit. At left, Laci is pictured with her fellow Museum educators, Lindsey from San Antonio and Sean from Nashville as they shared their research, results, and activities. “It felt great to offer all we have learned through our work in the field!”

Finally, her third iteration of the Voices from the Community: Visions for Milwaukee temporary public art project includes one commissioned by the Mayor’s office and was completed in May. This iteration featured contemporary muses and a reminder of what you can become as a visitor or resident in the neighborhood of Bronzeville. The series will also be featured in conjunction with Peace Week Milwaukee, set for August 16-23, 2015. Take a look at this video on the project as a whole. It was created in conjunction with her partnership at St. Marcus Lutheran School and Our Story Arts — highlighting the first two editions of temporary public art.

Voice from the Community, Visions for Milwaukee, ed. 3_ 2015

Voice from the Community, Visions for Milwaukee, ed. 3_ 2015

What’s ahead for Laci?

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS 
Guest Curator & Artist
WOMAN: (distinguished from man)
June 6 – June 28, 2015
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts 926 E Center Street | Milwaukee, WI

Redline 
August 22- November 8, 2015
Museum of Wisconsin Art | 205 Veterans Ave | West Bend, WI

Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty
September 6 – December 13, 2015
Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S. Cornell Ave | Chicago, IL 60615

PUBLIC ART
Voices from the Community: Visions for Milwaukee
June 2014 – 2016 2243 N. MLKing Dr & 540 W. North Ave | Milwaukee, WI

Voices from the Community: Visions for Milwaukee
May 2015 -2016 | 628 W North Ave | Milwaukee, WI

Laci Coppins is a photographic, mixed media, and installation artist working primarily with themes related to faith, family, and inter-generational connections. Born in Tucson, Arizona she received her BA from Fisk University in English, a Post Baccalaureate in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and both a Masters and Doctorate in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. In conjunction with special programs, Coppins has participated as a guest artist and lecturer with Alverno College, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Marquette University and Northwestern University. She was an artist in residence with REDLine, Milwaukee and most recently was named the 2014 Robert S Duncanson Artist in Residence at the Taft Museum of Art. Coppins has exhibited in multiple cities across the United States and Italy. Coppins’ work is in several public collections including Fisk University, REDLine, Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and numerous private collections.

www.lacicoppins.net

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

One comment

  1. Mary

    Great story

    Sent from my iPad

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