Lori Larusso

Assistant Professor of Studio Art


Lori Larusso

Assistant Professor of Studio Art


Lori Larusso is an artist who explores issues of class and gender and how both reflect and shape culture. Her work includes paintings and installations that focus on the domestic sphere, especially as it relates to food and caregiving and the labor involved in both areas. This labor is often undervalued and, consequently, underpaid, as well as taken for granted and, therefore, relatively invisible, even though it’s labor-intensive, necessarily deliberate, often difficult and tedious and always crucial. Through her work, Larusso bolsters the detritus of daily existence, paying homage to the physical evidence of having given or received care.

Larusso earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) along with a Certificate in Women’s Studies. Larusso’s work has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad and is included in numerous public and private collections. She has been awarded numerous residency fellowships including Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, The Studios of Key West, Art + History Museums Maitland, chaNorth, and MacDowell where she received a Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Fellowship, multiple grants from the Great Meadows Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Lori is the 2019 Kentucky South Arts Fellow and is the recipient of the 2020 Fischer Prize for Visual Art. Her work is represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas, TX.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Kentucky College of Art + Design
505 West Ormsby Avenue
Louisville, KY 40203

tel:502.430.6191

Apply