LeBourgeois, Louise

In this webinar, the Chicago-based painter Louise LeBourgeois shares the details of her rigorous studio practice, and discusses the ways in which narrowing her focus has had a profound impact upon her creative process.

“Right around the time I decided to start painting, I was still casting about for subject matter, and I thought to myself, ‘Well, I see the lake everyday, and water’s got to be one of the hardest things to paint.’ I told myself, ‘If I can paint water then I can paint anything.’”

Louise LeBourgeois is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based artist whose paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Italy. LeBourgeois earned her M.F.A. from Northwestern University in 1994, and has been the recipient of such honors as grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, and inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women. In 2005, LeBourgeois co-founded the ‘NOLA in Chicago Network’, a group advocating for the needs of New Orleans and New Orleanians. She currently teaches in the Art and Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.