ABOUT

LAURA KIMPTION

Laura Kimpton is the conceptual force behind the Monumental Word Series that began back in 2009 at the annual Burning Man art event in Nevada, with her revolutionary large scale conceptual designs. Viewers are encouraged to interact with each word on their own terms. These Monumental Word sculptures often evoke varied emotions and interpretations, and can mean different things to different people. Kimpton’s 12 foot tall # was selected as one of the most influential works of the decade (Artnet News, December 23, 2019).

Laura Kimpton is an accomplished artist who focuses on positivity, personal emancipation, mental health, wellbeing and art as therapy. For her, Monumental words evoked in her creations are a gift to her audience, taking on new meanings in the minds of every person who sees and internalizes them. Kimpton’s work consists of painting, mixed-media installations and sculpture. Her creativity stems from a desire to question traditional views on social interaction, sparking through her art a reaction and discussion from her viewers that ultimately complete her projects. Kimpton is always exploring new mediums in her search for invigorating means of communication.

Articles on and images of the Monumental Word series have been featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The New York Times, Untapped New York, Rolling Stone and Huffington Post, to name a few. This january (2022), her monumental “XO” will be featured at the entrance of the San Jose Silicon Valley airport. Her 12 ft tall “#” and “DREAM (NFT)” were also recently and very notably sold at Sothebys, as part of a prestigious Burning Man Sotheby’s auction.
Kimpton’s Words have been exhibited in New York City, Salt Lake City, Reno, Riverside, and San Francisco, as well as internationally in Puerto Rico and China. Her sculptures have been included in exhibitions at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Junior College Museum, Sonoma Museum of Art and galleries in New York and the Bay area. Her innovative Kimpton Forest, a group of 40 steel trees, was commissioned and featured at Tulum, Mexico’s Art With Me festival.
Kimpton lives in Los Angeles, and Fairfax, California.

Awards, Grants & Civic Art Installations

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Six-time grant recipient for the annual Burning Man event
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Best of Show winner at the Rene DeRosa Preserve
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Best of Show winner at the Luther Burbank Center
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Monumental Word sculptures purchased and installed by the cities of West Palm Beach, Florida, Arlington, Texas and Reno, Nevada, and at the Paradise Winery in Napa, CA
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Second place winner at SFWeekly Photo Contest
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35 Gallery Shows across the United States
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Seven sculptures and over ten two dimensional pieces purchased by the Pritzker Collection

Education

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Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
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Bachelor of Fine Arts focused on Photography Masters of Arts in Psychology

Selected Exhibitions

"LOVE", Commission for BottleRock Music Festival, Napa, CA

"Rainbow LOVE", Commissioned by the Grand Hyatt, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

"Word", Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, Peekskill, NY

"LOVE", Omar's, New York, NY

2022

“Hashtag”, Boundless Space, Sotheby’s

“Dream with me Forest”, Art with Me Miami

“Mosaic MAGIC”, FiLo Festival

“Mosaic MAGIC”, Acrostic Underground

“XOXO”, “HAHA”, Vail. CO

2021

"Kimpton Forest”, Art With Me, Tulum, Mexico

“LOVE”, Renown Hospital, Reno, NV

2020

“LOVE”, Burning Man Installation, Black Rock City, NV

2019

“XO” and “HaHa” Installations, San Jose, CA

“XO”, Burning Man Exhibition at the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC

2018

“XOXO”, Burning Man Installation, Black Rock City, NV

“If WORDS could SPEAK”, Solo show at PHG Contemporary Gallery, New York,
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2017

“BE ART”, Commissioned by the City of West Palm Beach, FL

“MAGIC”, Commissioned for display at Burning Man and permanently installed in Miami,FL “LOVE”, Commissioned by the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

“@EARTH #HOME”, Burning Man Installation, Black Rock City, NV

“LOVE”, Commission for BottleRock Music Festival, Napa, CA

“Rainbow LOVE”, Commissioned by the Grand Hyatt, Union Square, San Francisco, CA “Word”, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, Peekskill, NY

“LOVE”, Omar’s, New York, NY

2016

“Myths Words and Fire”, Art Basel, SLS Hotel Activation, Miami Beach, FL

“Buck $hot to the $oul”, Zener Schon Contemporary Art, Mill Valley, CA

"BELIEVE", Purchased by City of Reno, Permanent Installation, Reno, NV

"DREAM", Commission for “Dream Park”, Permanent Installation, Arlington, TX

"LOVE", BottleRock Music Festival, Site Installation, Napa, CA

2015

"LOVE", Sonoma County Fair, Site Installation, Sonoma, CA

"Pyramid of Flaming LOVE", Burning Man Honorarium, Installation, Black Rock City

2014

"BELIEVE", Burning Man Honorarium, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

2013

ArtPadSF Exhibition, Featured Artist, San Francisco, CA

"EGO", Burning Man Honorarium, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

“Forward”, Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2012

"Flying Solo", McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"LOVE", Burning Man Honorarium, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

2011

"OINK", Burning Man Honorarium, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

"His & Her: Line in the Middle", Project One Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

"Rauschenberg Tribute”, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX

"Bass Camp", Art Auction, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

"Book of the Raven", Public Installation, Reno, NV

"Who Gave Birth", Burning Man, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

2009

"Close to the Flame", Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA

"The Art of the Book", Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA

“SlideSlam”, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA

"Bringing Back the Flame", Santa Rosa College, CA

"Let It Go", Beulah Gallery, Olema, CA

"Book of the Raven", Burning Man Honorarium, Site Installation, Black Rock City, NV

2008

“Burning Words”, NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY

"Flow Miami" Art Fair, Donna Seager Gallery, Miami, FL

“Women’s Work” Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA

“Celtic Forest”, Burning Man Grant, Site Installation, Black Rock, NV Installation (with Jeff Schomberg), Forest Ethics Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2007

“Mynd Too”, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, CA

di Rosa Preserve Gallery, Benefit Art Auction, Napa, CA

“Who’s the Judge”, SupperClub Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz, “Committee of Me”, Site Installation, Pigman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005

Museum of Contemporary Art, Luther Burbank Center, Juried Exhibition, Santa Rosa, CA, Awarded Best of Show: Juror, Rene di Rosa

2004

Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

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