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Laura Tanner’s drawings and installations are often discussed as part of the Southern Gothic literary tradition. As a Georgia native, her work seeks to understand the ways in which narrative patterns and printed textiles are informed by social and political movements. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Tanner has exhibited nationally, including exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Art on Paper fair during Armory week in New York City. Her work can be viewed at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans or in the collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. Laura Tanner is the Co-Producer and Co-Host of the podcast The Open Call. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She, her partner, Jim, and their two children split their time between New Orleans, LA and Tucson, AZ.

Laura Tanner


Anne Stagg’s abstract paintings move along the thread of her experience as she explores systems within systems, and in particular, the false promises they offer. She states, “Systems are manifest in every aspect of our lives, but they are never perfect. There is always something a little bit off. They are elaborate constructions that provide comfort but often ultimately fail.” She is interested in the moments that precede failure: when the promise is still present but the veil begins to lift and there is an awareness that something isn’t quite right. Color and pattern are touchstones in her works on canvas and felt. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is the recipient of several grants and fellowships. Anne Stagg is an Assistant Professor at The Florida State University where she currently serves as the Co-Director of the Foundations Program in the Department of Art. She also co-produces and co-hosts a podcast about contemporary art called The Open Call. More information can be found at

Anne Stagg

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