British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award, The British Library - Photography
Laura is a Professor of Art at Anoka-Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis. She has received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and was both the Community College Humanities Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome as well as a 2019 recipient of The James Weldon Johnson Foundation Fellowship. Her work is in numerous collections and her exhibition history is international in scope and spans over 30 years. She has also been featured in DWELL, Artsy, Huffington Post and Midwestern Gothic. Laura is thrilled to be at the Eccles Center for American Studies for six months in 2021. She will be photographing the archives related to Rosamond Johnson and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two musicians of colour whose musical work was influential and powerful in their time. Rosamond Johnson, an African American who collaborated with his famous brother James Weldon broke many racial barriers while living in London. He also formed a rich friendship with musical genius Coleridge-Taylor, a mixed-race Englishman who defied challenges and became an international star. Laura will tell their story through photography.