Lori Larusso is an American visual artist working primarily with themes of domesticity and foodways. Her body of work encompasses paintings and installations that explore class, gender and anthropocentrism issues, and how these practices reflect and shape culture. She embraces color as a carrier of spatial properties and image as a conduit for complex narratives. Visually rich elaborations of life-affirming subjects serve as purposeful symbols of specific times and places.
Larusso’s work is exhibited widely in the US and is included in numerous public and private collections. She has been awarded multiple residency fellowships including Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Art + History Museums Maitland and MacDowell where she received a Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Fellowship and multiple grants from the Great Meadows Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Larusso is the 2019 Kentucky South Arts Fellow and recipient of the 2020 Fischer Prize for Visual Art.
Lori 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). She currently lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, and is represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas, TX.