Laura Berman (artist)

Laura Crehuet Berman (Born 1973, Barcelona, Spain) is an American and Spanish[1] artist and printmaker based in Kansas City.[2] Much of her work consists of abstract multicolored monoprints that show recurrent forms overlapping to produce fields of shapes and hues.[3][4] Her works are in the permanent collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City in 2001,[5] the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 2012,[6] and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in 2016.[7]

Laura Crehuet Berman
NationalityAmerican, Spanish
EducationNew York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Tulane University
Notable workHistory of Communication, Part Three; Field; Longevity
MovementPrintmaking, Monoprinting

She is a professor of printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI).[8][9]

Early life and educationEdit

Berman was born in Barcelona, Spain.[1] She graduated from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, and from Tulane University with a masters degree in fine arts.[9][10]


In 2002, Berman began teaching courses in printmaking, papermaking, and screen printing at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI).[9] She became a professor of printmaking at KCAI.[11][9]

Artistic works and exhibitionsEdit

The History of Communication, Part Three is soft-ground etching and silkscreen print. Berman completed it in 2001 and it is in the permanent collection of The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City.[12]

All she ever wanted was everything: Laura Berman's rock collection, exhibited in 2009, consists of hand-cut intaglio prints. Each of the prints reproduces a small rock that came from Berman's rock collection.[13] The work as a whole appears as an oval-shape multicolor collage on a white background.[14]

Field is a multicolor monoprint on paper in the collection of the museum of the Rhode Island College of Design.[15] It was subsequently acquired for the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in 2015. The piece consists of multiple oval figures of varying colors, with some of the figures overlapping.[7]

Longevity is a multicolor monoprint that the Spencer Museum acquired in 2019.[7] The piece consists of over 100 parallel lines of various colors.[9]

In May 2014, an exhibit titled Pulsar included multicolor prints of abstract shapes resembling rocks; prints of abstract trapezoidal and triangular shapes; and prints of configurations of rectangles resembling stellar coronae.[16]

In July 2014, the Washington Post said that while monoprints inspired by Kansas landscapes might sound gray, her works "actually are colorful and sometimes airy."[4] Of her 2016 print series Ebb and Flow, the Washington Post said "spiraling compositions simulate motion, providing the lively illusion that the melding colors will continue to slide in and out of alignment as the shapes spin."[2]

In 2022, a 3-fold print by Berman was selected by the Kansas City International Airport to be permanently displayed near the airport's international gates.[17]

Additional worksEdit

Berman's prints also appear in several books,[18] including Printmaking at the Edge,[19] A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking,[20] and Marshall McLuhan's Book of Probes.[21]


  1. ^ a b LaMartina, Jerry (February 1, 2018). "Surrounded by inspiration: relationships, environment inspire Berman's art" (PDF). Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on February 1, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (August 4, 2016). "In the galleries: This quilter doesn't use fabric or thread for his patchwork: Eric Celarier recycles computer circuit boards to create his Internet-age landscapes". Washington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Mark (November 11, 2012). "'Signals' shows there's plenty going on in Washington's art scene (Posted 2012-11-11 03:52:53): More than 40 artists overflow the exhibit. It might be fruitful to treat the show ]as an overview of Washington art today". Washington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (August 2, 2014). "In the galleries: In 'Everyware,' new-technology photo pieces exhibit nostalgia". Washington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "The History of Communication, Part Three". Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  6. ^ "Collection list: Field, 2012". RISD Museum. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "Collections: Laura Berman". University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  8. ^ "Printmaking: full-time faculty". Kansas City Art Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e Russ, Anne Potter (October 20, 2021). "Art Scene – Laura Crehuet Berman". The Independent (KC). Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  10. ^ "Class Notes: 1995" (PDF). Alfred Magazine. No. Spring 2018. Alfred University. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  11. ^ "Printmaking: full-time faculty". Kansas City Art Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  12. ^ "The History of Communication, Part Three". Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  13. ^ "Rock Collection Inspires New Series of Prints". National Public Radio. February 14, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  14. ^ Hutson, Laura (February 21, 2013). "The Nashville Print Revival will make you a believer Poster Children". Nashville Scene. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  15. ^ "Field, 2012". Rhode Island School of Design. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  16. ^ Cateforis, David (May 7, 2014). "Laura Berman and James Brinsfield have impressive exhibitions at Haw Contemporary" (PDF). Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  17. ^ Weiss, Jamie (November 23, 2022). "Prairie Village Artist prints art for new KCI terminal". KMBC News (abc). Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  18. ^ "Laura Berman: Juegos Audaces con Formas y Colores" (PDF). Círculo Del Arte. No. 70, Inviernes. 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  19. ^ Noyce, Richard (2006). Printmaking at the Edge. London: A & C Black. ISBN 9780713667844.
  20. ^ Egan, Matthew J.; Ehlbeck, Michael; Muise, Heather; Hershey, Nona (2010). A survey of contemporary printmaking. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University, Wellington B. Gray Gallery. ISBN 9780985241407.
  21. ^ McLuhan, Marshall; Carson, David (2003). The Book of Probes edited by Eric McLuhan and William Kuhns, commentary by W. Terrence Gordon and Eric McLuhan. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press. p. 573. ISBN 9781584232520. Retrieved November 10, 2022.