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Laura Kent is a mixed media artist currently residing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a visual artist she primarily creates large-scale drawings and sculptures that question “truths” and explore the processing of complex emotions. 

She recently returned to Oklahoma City after completing her Master of Art Therapy degree from Western Sydney University in Australia. While there she completed her clinical training in art therapy and became a registered Art Therapist (AThR) with ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association). Through this experience she gained an interest in exploring art therapy from a postmodern feminist lens that questions “truths” and challenges limiting assumptions.

Prior to studying in Australia she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma where she received two awards of excellence from the College of Fine Arts and Design. She has exhibited her work in local galleries across Oklahoma City, including a two person show with her husband and fellow visual artist, Nathan Kent at [ArtSpace] at Untitled. In 2015 she assisted in proposing a new program to the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. The program became All Access Arts: Creative Aging. Working as a Teaching Artist, she co-taught seventeen classes at twelve different facilities in this program for two years. This experience allowed her to be of witness to the profound connections that can be formed via the artmaking process. The program continues to bring art classes to the residents of local assisted living and memory care facilities.

Education

2019    Master of Art Therapy with Distinction

 Western Sydney University, New South Wales, AU

              

2013   Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing Emphasis)

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions:

2017   Integrating Arts and Therapy Exhibition

Western Sydney University, Parramatta (South) Campus, Rydalmere, NSW, AU

Two-Person Exbition: Ambiguous: Loss and Interference

[Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK

 

2016    Limited Processing

 IAO Gallery, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

 

A Hiding Place

[Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK

 

2015   The Gold Show

 Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, Edmond, OK

 

Where Art Meets the River

Martha Burger Art Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

              

Alchemy

Melton Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

                             

Red Dot

IAO Gallery, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

 

2013   UCO Senior Capstone Exhibition

Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

 

The Fine Art of Video Games

 Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

 

2013 CFAD Awards Gala

Mitchell Hall, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 

2012   My Life in an 8x8

Student Art Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 

RCB Bank Opening Show

RCB Bank Lobby, Edmond, OK

 

2010   The Language of Drawing

Donna Nigh Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 

 

Juried Exhibitions:

2020   Concept Survey 2020

            ahha Tulsa, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Tulsa, OK

            (Curator: Heather Pesanti) (catalogue)

 

2017   National Weather Center’s Biennale

National Weather Center, Norman, OK (Curator: Joe Goode) (catalogue)

 

2016   Momentum OKC 2016

The Plow, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK (Curators: Catherine Shotick and Trent Lawson)

 

2013    Student Art Association Juried Exhibition

 Student Art Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

 

2012   Student Art Association Juried Exhibition

Student Art Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK