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Short Biography

Laura Noel's work often explores American cultural issues, as well as aspects of her personal history. Her most body of work, Crawling Backwards, is a visualization of time travel back to a pivotal moment in late childhood when the world seemed to be filled with unlimited possibilities. The realities of the adult world had not yet solidified into consciousness. Most recently Noel was a finalist for the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia's Working Artist Project grant. She was a 2015-2016 Walthall Fellow and a recipient of a 2016 Idea Capital Grant to create The Lookout, a book of found poetry and street photography. Her work is in the collection of The High Museum of Art, The Eastman Museum, The Ogden Museum in New Orleans, North Carolina State University's Gregg Museum of Art and Design, MOCA GA and a number of private and public collections. She received a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MFA in Photography with Distinction from the University of Georgia in 2009.

Her prints been featured in exhibitions at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, the Contemporary American Photography exhibition at the Internationale Fototage Festival in Mannheim, Germany, Gallery 24 in Berlin, United Photo Industries in New York City, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Jackson Fine Art, Lumiere, Davis Orton Gallery in upstate New York, Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia.

Her photographs have appeared on-line and in print in Photography Now, Hot Shoe (United Kingdom), Photography Quarterly, PHOTONEWS (Germany), Slate Magazine’s Behold Photo Blog, CNN Photo Blog, Lens Culture, Planet, Art News Daily, The Humble Arts Foundation, F-Stop Magazine, One One Thousand, SouthXSoutheast, La Lettre de la Photographie, Conscientious, aCurator, Fraction Magazine and many others. In 2012, Noel's work inaugurated Fall Line Press’ Free Fall series of quarterly magazines featuring the work of one photographer. Scotland’s Aglu Books published Withdrawn, a study of discarded library books. Her artist books are in the collections of the International Center of Photography library in New York, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Cleveland Art Institute, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and many private collections.

Recent installations include a 2016 video installation called 12 Summers at MOCA GA, 2015 commission from Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority called KaleidoscopeTo Do at the Spruill Gallery, The Enchanted Forest of Books on the Atlanta Beltline, and Give/Swap/Receive at Emory University.