CV 2018 5th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Prague, Czech Republic. September - October, 2018. 2017 Wishes Riverside Arts Center and Freeark Gallery, Riverside, Illinois. Solo exhibition. Curated by Kim Piotrowski. May, 2017. Staged Artificial Turf Collective, Evanston, IL. Curated by Justine Bianco of Platform Gallery. June, 2017. What Is Nature? Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, with Shootapalooza. Curated by Melanie Walker and Ellee Bokharachi. Shootazona Public wheat-pasting with Shootalapalooza Group Exhibition. Gilbert, AZ, Heritage District. 2016 The Instagram Project Photo Independent, f8 Collective, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Susan Aurinko. One Another Rangefinder Gallery, Chicago, Il. Curated by Dan Tamarkin. A Hope, Prayer and a Dream Public wheat-pasting exhibition with Shootapalooza, in conjunction with Houston’s 2016 Biennial Fotofest. Houston, TX. Curated by Laura Corley- Burlton and Marti Corn. Artificial Turf Co-Star Studios, Evanston, IL. Curated by Maggie Meiners. Cadillac Ranch Caper With Shootapalooza Collective. Public wheat-pasting at Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas. 2015 HOLIDAY SHOW Fabrik Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Sarah Hadley. f8 Collective and Fabrik Projects Fotofever, Paris, FRANCE. Curated by Sarah Hadley. 2015 Plastic Fantastic Show VI LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oregon. Juried by Susan Burnstine. Artists Riverside Art Center and Freeark Gallery, Riverside, IL. f8 Collective Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA. F8 Collective. Curated by Sarah Hadley. Mobile Magic LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oregon. Juried by Lori Vrba. Lines The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct. Vermont. Curated by Rebecca Senf. 2014 Favorite Photographs Lenscratch. Curated by Aline Smithson. 2003 Chicago Art District Pilsen East Artist Exhibit Chicago Art District Pilsen East Artist Holiday Exhibit. 2002 Beyond the Veil Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL. Curated by Bogdan Perzynski. Chicago Art District Pilsen East Artist Exhibit Chicago Art District Pilsen East Artist Holiday Exhibit 1999 Secrets Lincoln Highway Headquarters, Franklin Grove, IL. La Camera Plastique Galeria El Zocalo, Santa Fe, NM. Curated by Robert Brady. 1998 Escenas Ecuatorianas La Casa de Cultura, Quito, Ecuador. 1997 Asocine Quito, Ecuador. Curated by Alejandra Guzman. 1995 Unedited Aztec Cafe, Santa Fe, NM. Curated by Lisabette Brinkman. 1995 Shrine Show Eidelon Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Curated by Nancy Sutor. Collections Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL, commissioned 15 prints. Numerous private collections Editorial The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, National Geographic Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Agence France- Presse, Harper's Magazine, The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Albuquerque Journal and more. Commercial Laura is Creative Director and Co- Founder of Three Story Media (www.threestorymedia), a media production business based in Chicago using authentic storytelling. Clients include Target, Canon, Saab, West Monroe Partners, Abbot, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Northwestern Medicine, University of Chicago, RE/MAX. Books 2008 “America at Home: A Close-Up Look at How We Live” (Against All Odds Productions), Created by Rick Smolan. Sausalito, CA. Photographer. 2008 “My Hero” (Boston, M.A.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Author and Photographer. 2007 “Life in the City” (Orlando, Florida: Rigby). Author. 2006 "Santa Fe Bohemia: The Art Colony 1964-1980" (Santa Fe, NM., Sunstone Press). Photographer. 2006 “The Train Ride” (Austin, Texas: Harcourt Achieve Inc.) Author. 2006 “A Better Idea” (Austin, Texas: Harcourt Achieve Inc.) Author. 2004 "A Voice in Our Wilderness: John Husar's Timeless Writings on the Outdoors, Strange Meals, and Life's Simple Moments: (Triumph Books, Chicago, IL). Photographer and Photo Editor. 2003 “Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago”, Assistant Photo Editor for book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Blair Kamin (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press). 2000 "Pueblo Ruins" (Melbourne, Australia: Rigby, 2000). Author and Photographer Awards, Honors and Recognitions 2017 10th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for Women, 2017 Gala Awards - Winner in the Landscapes and Seascapes category. 10th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Award for Women, 2017 Gala Awards - Runner Up in the People & Daily Life category. 2016 Every Day Climate Change - winner for the #WATERCHICAGO competition on Instagram in partnership with Art Works Projects. Juried by James Whitlow Delano. 2015 Winner of “Snow” contest, web-based. Juried by Angela Bacon Kidwell. 2002 Co-recipient of a 1st place Community Grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, which funded "Beyond the Veil" exhibit at The Polish Museum of America, Chicago. 1990-1995 Laura has received awards from The National Press Photographer's Association and The Associated Press for both photography and photo editing. Photo editing, writing and teaching 2002 - Present Freelance Photo Editor Anything that requires a keen visual eye to refine and direct. As a freelance photo editor, Garcia helps photographers build and update their portfolios. She also edits long-term visual projects from sometimes thousands of images down to a cohesive body of a few dozen. She clarifies creative vision, image selection, storytelling and audience. Garcia meets with visual storytellers at all levels, from working professionals to college level. Her background in journalism brings an understanding of strong, clear storytelling, and her active involvement with the arts brings a defined eye. 2016 Writer “South x Southeast Photomagazine”. Interview with artist Ann George. March 7th, 2016. 2015 Photo Editor “Picture Chicago Women” street photography workshop by Susan Aurinko. Chicago Photography Center with Women In Focus Chicago. 2015 Teacher’s Assistant “Defining Narratives” workshop by Susan Burnstine. Palmer House, Chicago, IL. 2013 Teacher “The Art of Seeing” workshop. Oak Park, IL. Hill Community House, Oak Park, IL. 2011 Photo Editor “Keeping Faith” series by photographer Dorie Hagler, on Hispanic traditions along the Upper Rio Grande Valley of NM. Several images were purchased for permanent museum collections. 2010 Portfolio Reviewer Columbia College Chicago's 'PJ Love' photography student seminar. 2002 Photo Editor For photojournalist Erik Unger's series on The Gaza Strip. 1999-2002 Picture Editor The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL. Full time position for morning daily newspaper. 1999 Archival Photography Research Specialist National Geographic Magazine, in Santa Fe, NM's Palace of the Governor's Museum for an in-depth story about Pueblo Indians. 1999 Photo Editor For Dorie Hagler's “Behind Every Cup” series about Guatemalan coffee farmers for Coffee Kids, an international non-profit organization. 1999 Regional Contest Judge National Press Photographers Association, Santa Fe, NM 1990-1995 Photo Editor and Senior Photographer The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM. Morning daily newspaper. Education The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. B.S. Journalism and B.A. in Latin American Studies, 1990. Workshops Eugene Richards, Susan Burnstine, Michael Nichols, J. Sybylla Smith, David La Belle, Women in Photojournalism, National Press Photographers Flying Short Course and Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshop.