WAS-H Art Instructor Spotlight: Laura Spector

November 30, 2022 3:02 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

WAS-H is beginning a new “Instructor Spotlight” series, which will feature a different class teacher in each installment.   In our current issue, we introduce Laura Spector.

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 will exhibit (w)Hole, a collective exhibition based on grief, apology, and healing at The Jung Center in Houston, TX.

Laura began teaching art to adults in her Thailand studio in 2004. She has taught classes at WAS-H since 2018.

Her courses have included:

Introduction to Silverpoint, Introduction to Liquid Charcoal, Liquid Charcoal Silverscreen Stars, The Wet and Dry Charcoal Portrait and The Simplified Floral Still Life.

Upcoming virtual courses include:

An Introduction to Florals in Gouache, A Silver Screen Portrait in Wet & Dry Charcoal, The Simplified Floral Still Life in Gouache

She enjoys teaching silverpoint, graphite, charcoal, acrylic, gouache, oils, and watercolors. When she’s not teaching she is either at her studio painting or at home with her husband and two cats, Ziggy and Shazam.

Current Exhibitions and Lectures


Listen to interviews with Laura Spector on KPFT Radio on Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm, and Houston Matters on NPR on Thursday, December 1st.  You can listen to her interview with Houston Matters, which has fabulous information about the exhibit starting at the 12 minute mark:  Houston Matters with Craig Cohen

Upcoming WAS-H Classes:

Laura has several upcoming classes.  Her class in December is Virtual - An Introduction to Florals in Gouache.  There is an afternoon and an evening offering, December 6th and 13th.

You can find more information about this and her other classes under our education section of our website.

You can find out more about Laura at www.LauraSpector.com
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