Chair/Associate Professor of Drawing:
Lauren Lake is Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She taught at Beloit College and the University of Florida before arriving at UAB in July 2013. Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lake teaches courses in Drawing.
Lake was the recipient of the 2007 Southeastern College Art Conference Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 University of Florida College of Fine Arts International Educator Award and the 2009 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award.
Her artwork explores autobiographical themes as they relate to the world in which we live. In a sense her artworks create artifacts that give order and illuminate and memorialize her domestic space and life. In this artwork, clusters of flowers serve as a focus for contemplation of the universal issues of the human condition. The melancholy nature of the work both celebrates and mourns. While autobiographical in origin, her works’ scale, material, and manner of installation establish and maintain an intimacy with the viewer through the communitas of shared experience.