Lauren Odell Usher

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • The Wiseman Gallery.  Did you Wake Up This Morning?  Grants Pass, OR. July-August 2009.
  • JFKU Gallery. I am a Terrible Morning Person. Berkeley, CA.  June 2007.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • AY Gallery. Woven. Juried Group Exhibition. Malibu, CA. June 2012.
  • Gallery Route One.  25th Annual Juried Show. Juror, Kenneth Baker.  Point Reyes, CA. January 2010.

  • The Red Door Gallery. Art and The Body Politick. Oakland, CA January 2009.
  • The Red Door Gallery. Look at me looking at you. Oakland, CA (Paired Show). October 2008.
  • RFD Gallery. Unfamiliar Ground. Swainsboro, GA. Curator, Paula Katz, Columbus Museum. 2008.
  • Olive Hyde Art Gallery. Waste Not, Want Not. Fremont, CA. Curator, Sandra Hemsworth.  February 2008.
  • Boward College Gallery. Face Value. Davies, FL. Juror, Brian Bishop. November 2007.
  • Sanchez Art Center. Bay Area Annual 2007. Pacifica, CA. Juror, Rene de Guzman.  October 2007.
  • San Luis Obispo Art Center. Funky Junk, The Art of Recycling. San Luis Obispo, CA. August 2007.

Community Art Projects

  • ARTbreak Day ( 2011-Present
  • ARTcart! ( 2009-Present
  • The Red Door Gallery and Collective. Oakland, CA September 2008-September 2009.
  • Lincoln Child Center. Visiting Artist. August 2006- August 2010.
  • The Art is Free and Priceless Project. Berkeley, CA. 2005.   
Publications and  Reviews

  • Article - “Take an Art Break Today in Old Town,” The Times Standard, September 7, 2012.
  • Article - “Americus Center for the Arts hosts Free Community Event,”  Keven Gilber, Americus Times Recorder, September 1, 2012.
  • Article - “Diverse group embraces open offer to create art,” Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2011.
  • Article - “Forget your coffee break! Take an art break instead,” Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times, September 2, 2011.
  • Article - “Art Break Day: A chance to take a moment and create,” Mary Ellen Hunt, The San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2011.
  • Article - “Take 5 and make some art,” Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times, August 30, 2011.
  • Article - “Summer Learning Day gives kids lessons in fun,” Jill Tucker, The San Francisco Chronicle, June 22, 2011.
  • Article-"Arkansas Artists in Spotlight," Leslie Newell Peacook, The Arkansas Times, July 13, 2010.
  • Article- “ARTcart puts focus on Diversity,” Kristin Bender, The Oakland Tribune, September 18, 2009.
  • Article- “Berserkers,” Dewitt Cheng, East Bay Express, August 19, 2009.
  • Article- “RCC Shows Berkeley Artist,” Timothy Bullard, The Daily Courier, July 17, 2009.
  • Article- “On the Threshold,” Dewitt Cheng, East Bay Express, April 15, 2009.
  • Article-“Rear View Mirror,” Dewitt Cheng, East Bay Express, January 14, 2009.
  • Radio Interview-“Against the Grain with C.S. Soong”, KPFA Berkeley, January 20, 2009
  • Article-“Waste Not, Want Not,” Anuja Smith, Tri-City Voice Vol. 7 No. 3, February 13-19, 2008.
  • 2008 Book-“Art Buzz: The 2008 Collection,” Alan Rowe, MidAmerica Publishing Company.
  • Article-“BCC juried show explores artists' idea of 'Face Value'” Candice Russell, Miami Herald, November 17, 2007.
  • 2009 Book- ARTcart!  A Community Art Project by Art is Moving, Project Documentation Book.  Self-Published.
  • 2007 Book-I am a Terrible Morning Person, Artist’s Book. Self-Published.

Grants and Awards

  • Nominee, AHN Award Honoring the Next Generation, October 2012.
  • Featured Artist, Mark Lindsay Art, May-August 2010.
  • Newbie Award Nominee, Community Art Project, Oakland Indie Awards, 2010.
  • Newbie Award Nominee, Individual Artist, Oakland Indie Awards, 2009.
  • Featured Artist, ARTDOXA,  April 2009.
  • Gallery Selected Artist, Alpan Gallery, Long Island, NY, 2008.
  • Featured Artist, ARTDOXA, April 2008.
  • Susan Seddon Boulet Award Recipient, John F. Kennedy University, 2007.
  • Art Athlete of the Year, Oregon State University, 2003.


  • Masters of Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Oregon State University, 2003.

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