BIO / CV

BIO / CV

Named a “sculptor to watch” by Aspen Sojourner magazine, Lara Whitley is known for installation-based works that explore the relationship between the human and natural worlds. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Aspen Community School and recently won the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Art of the State, Colorado’s triennial juried show. She is founder/curator of Imagine Climate: creative perspectives on climate change, held annually by CORE, where she works as Creative Strategy Director. Lara lives with her family in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley.

PC: Anderson Ranch Arts Center

LARA WHITLEY

Born in San Pedro CA

Lives and works in Aspen CO

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley CA [1989]

Studies in 2D and 3D processes: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Colorado Mountain College


SOLO + TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

Ghost House | The Catto Center at Toklat | Ashcroft CO [2019]

Still The Art Base Basalt CO [2018]

Homecoming The Launchpad Carbondale CO [2017]

Wonderland Mai Wyn Fine Art Denver CO [2013- 2014]

Taking Flight, pop up art installation with artist Deborah Jones, Basalt CO [2012]


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Colorado Juried, juried by Skye Weinglass and Sam Harvey Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2020]

Art of the State, juried by Collin Parsons Arvada Center for the Arts + Humanities Arvada CO [2019]

Imagine Climate | Anderson Ranch Arts Center | Snowmass Village CO [2019]

Single Hue Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2014]

Story Swap, a collaboration with Aspen Words Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2013]

Art of the State, juried by Dean Sobel + Collin Parsons Arvada Center for the Arts + Humanities Arvada CO [2013]

Encaustic Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2012]

Biennial Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2012]


RESIDENCIES + AWARDS

"People's Choice Award" | Art of the State | Arvada Center for the Arts + Humanities | Arvada CO [2019]

Artist in Residence Aspen Community School Woody Creek CO [present]

Artist Residency Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Saratoga WY [2014]

Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gatlinburg TN [2014]

Studio Residency Red Brick Center for the Arts Aspen CO [2012-2014]

Presidential Scholarships Anderson Ranch Arts Center Snowmass Village CO [four-time recipient, 2011-2013, 2019]

January Studio Immersive Anderson Ranch Arts Center Snowmass Village CO [Jan 2011]


PRESS + PUBLICATIONS

"Scavenger of Beauty" Aspen Times [Feb 8, 2018]

"Reusable Art" Aspen Daily News [Feb 7, 2018]

“Objects + History = Homecoming" Aspen Times and Glenwood Post Independent [Sep 9, 2017]

“Coming Home One Piece at a Time" Aspen Daily News [Sep 9, 2017]

“Found Objects Celebrate Local History, Get ‘Homecoming'" Aspen Public Radio [Sep 6, 2017]

“Lara Whitley”, Art of the State [Jan 2013] profile by Collin Parson and Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

“Late Bloomer”, Aspen Sojourner [Holiday 2012] profile by Lissa Ballinger

“Popping Up and Taking Flight”, Aspen Daily News [May 3, 2012] feature by Christine Benedetti

“Taking Flight”, Aspen Times, [Apr 2, 2012] feature by Stewart Oksenhorn


CLASSES + EVENTS

Featured artist at Press Play | Aspen Art Museum [Feb 2020]

"PR 101 for Artists" Carbondale Arts [Apr 2018]

"PR 101 for Artists" Red Brick Center for the Arts [Feb 2014]