Laura Mackin was born in Wisconsin and raised in Maryland. Mackin received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Mackin’s curatorial experience includes directing Giftshop Project Space in Chicago, IL, and co-directing the H. Lewis Gallery in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including recent shows at Contemporary Arts Workshop in Chicago, IL; Old Gold Exhibitions and Events in Chicago, IL; Harper College in Palatine, IL; Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.