Laura Spector

Houston, Texas

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Laura Spector

Spector has medium length wavy dark hair and light skin, and sits in front of a figurative painting on a wooden easel, holding several paintbrushes.

Laura Spector is a Houston-based artist and art instructor. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is best known for her acclaimed Museum Anatomy project which began in 1996, where she collaborated with museum curators in 16 countries searching for hidden, stolen, lost, and destroyed paintings to be recontextualized in paint onto the human body. Among Spector’s honors are a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, an Individual Grant from Houston Art Alliance, the Sovereign Asian Art Finalist Award, Hong Kong; and an Artist-in-residence at AtelierHaus Hilmsen, Hilmsen, Germany. Spector is currently an Artist-in-Residence recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In November 2022, she curated and exhibited “(w)Hole”, a collective exhibition based on grief, apology, and healing at The Jung Center in Houston, TX.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2023

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I am fascinated with paintings that depict moments of our shared history that are unseen. The paintings I choose to work with often align with what I am personally going through—something affecting those I love or society as a whole.”