a partipatory project artist


fertile creatures (series)
composting diaper
sapphire pacifier
onesie armor
infant vampire formula

belly back
boob shoulder
c-section cut path

preditorXtreme (series)
fox gun
baby quail grenades

coyote sight
fox guns
prairie dog revolver
baby quail grenades

the dead garden (series)
Winter Shack, Brooklyn, NY
High Desert Test Sites, CA

the portable forest (series)
Dumbo Arts Center & Festival, NYC
The Armory Center for the Arts, CA
The San Deigo Museum of Art
Monte Vista Projects, LA
Sunset Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Human Resources, LA
Washington Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions
Sea and Space Explorations, LA

you are the largest thing on Earth
art of exchange
primal scream painting booth

data planter
blue kiss
island of misfit toys

concept paintings
student waste painting
portal paintings
black holes
LED Paintings

Periphery Murder Mystery
Paradigm Shifts Frighten Small...
A Flat Ontology
born free

Digital Improvisational Ensemble

public art places
organizer, curator, director
sea and space explorations, LA
tree and space, LA
sound in space Festival, LA
100 person solo show, LA

Lara Bank

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Lara Bank


born March 6, 1972 in Baltimore, MD
Lives in Los Angeles, CA  


PHD candidate
2004-2005 Communications
: Masters in Fine Art,1998, Studio Art
MFA: Masters in Fine Art, 1996, Painting
: Bachelors of Arts,1994, Studio Art supporting area in art history


2024 Maker's Communion 3
2017 Small Things, Members Show
2015 Mutated Game Form
2015 The Dead Garden at Winter Shack
2014 Art, Education & Justice!
2014 National Pride
2014 Spectacular Subdivision
2014 Copyrights
2014 Project LALO
2012 Water, CA Creative Commons
2012 The Edible Portable Forest Cross Country Voyage
(Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant recipient)
2012 The Holodeck Show
2011 Ever Green
2011 The Portable Forest and Wearable Foliage (for Summer Salon Series)
2011 Raflost
2011 Contemporary Art in Every Home In Highland Park
2011 The Portable Forest Mini Parade Float (for Sunset Blvd Art Concert)
2010 Koh-i-noor at Sea and Space & Sea and space in Koh-i-noor
2010 Sea and Space Three Hour Tour
2010 The Portable Forest with The Faraway Places
2010 Annie Okay by Asher Hartman (small performance part)
2010 (Yoni) Tree and Space (with Anna Mayer)
2009 The Portable Forest Lockdown (for Washington Boulevard Art Concert)
2009 On The Shoulders of Davids
2009 Sustainability
2009 We Share Wish Machine (with Jade Thacker & Miggie Wong)
2008 Spring Rites at Tree and Space, artSpa
2008 The RED and the BLUE, art and politics
2008 ArtistGallerist
2008 Tree and Space Planting (solo show)
2007 artSpa
2007 The Suitcase Meets the Drawing Party
2007 The Pyramid Show
2005 The Universe Wants More
2005 Pinewood Derby
2005 Our Bodies, Ourselves, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
2005 FARfetched 2005
2004 Sound Off
2004 On the Brink of Desire, Girls that Spice it Up
2004 Pleasure Garden
2004 My Secret Valentine
2004 Very Natural

2003 Experimenter/ReMix
2000 New Media Variety Show (with Andrew Bucksbarg)
2000 Experimental Sound Show (with Andrew Bucksbarg)
1998 The Island of Misfit Toys
1998 Home Improvements
1997 Digital Improvisational Ensemble
1996 7th Annual National Competition (Juror: Lisa Phillips, Whitney Museum)
1996 Transforming Traditions

2007 Video Picnic
2006 Second Heeb Film Festival
2006 Overlook Park Shorts
2004 Contraband, Stowaway Lounge...(Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallin)
2004 Overlook Park Shorts
2004 Online Video Show
2002 ‘LA Freewaves’ TV or Not TV Festival...
1998 Squelch and the Super Fly, Super 8 Short Film Festival

2012 Center for Cultural Innovation ARC GRANT recipient
1996-98 Ahmanson Scholarship, CalArts
1996 International Sculpture Center Award with Sculpture Magazine article
1990-96 Maryland State Senatorial Scholar
1994-95 Graduate Fellowship, University of Maryland at College Park


Monte Vista Projects
collectively run art gallery, LA, CA
Co-Director (7 people)
September 2010 - 2013
visit website

Sea and Space Explorations

501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery, LA, CA
Executive Director & Founder
July 2007 - Aug 2010
visit website

Moopark College Art Gallery
Moorpark, CA
Gallery Director/Curator
August 2009-2010

Park Projects
art gallery, LA, CA
Co-Director & Founder
July 2006 - June 2007
visit website

European Graduate School, EGS
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland Institute College of Art

First German United Methodist Church, Glend., CA
Monte Vista Projects, LA, CA
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
Classon Ful-gate Community Garden, Brooklyn
Human Resources, LA
High Desert Test Sites, CA
La Verne Law Art Gallery, CA
Studio 1.1, London, UK
Armory Center for the Art, LA, CA
Dumbo Arts Festival & Dumbo Arts Center,
Post, LA, CA
Monte Vista Projects, LA, CA
San Diego Art Museum, San Diego, CA
Icelandic Festival of Electronic Arts, Iceland
Kristi Engle Gallery, LA, CA
Sunset Blvd, LA
Koh-i-noor, CH, Denmark
Torrance Art Musuem, Torrance, CA
Human Resources, LA
Machine Projects, Hammer Museum, LA
Tree and Space, LA
Washington Blvd, LA
Jaus, Santa Monica, CA
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions, LA, CA
Tree and Space, LA
Tree and Space, LA
Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, LA
Another Year in LA, LA, CA
Sea and Space Explorations, LA, CA
Sea and Space Explorations, LA, CA
Raid Projects, LA, CA
Monte Vista Projects, LA, CA
Crazy Space, Santa Monica, CA
Hangar 1018, LA,CA
Machine Project, LA, CA
Foundation for Art Resources, LA, CA
White Box Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA
Ambivalent Space, LA, CA
Barnsdall Art Park, LA, CA
700 E 1st Gallery, LA, CA
Fancyland, LA, CA
Centro Nacional de Artes, El Salvador
Side Street Projects, LA, CA
Holly Matter Gallery, LA, CA
CalArts, CA
Home, Valencia, CA
Cal Arts Modular Theater, LA, CA
Viridian Artist Inc., NYC, NY
Bromfield Gallery, Boston

Me and You Variety Candy Gallery, LA, CA
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
Annual Independent Film Festival, Cleveland
ISEA2004 Cruises, ISEA2004
Annual Independent Film Festival, Cleveland
Body Builder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago
LA Freewaves, CA
Huntington Beach Art Center, LA, CA




2011 Ever Green
2010 Sea and Space in Koh-i-noor & Koh-noor in Sea in Space
(international non-profit gallery exchange, LA & Cophenhagen)
2010 Sea and Space Three Hour Tour
2009 Let the Trees Decide (Co-Curated w/ Roger Dickes)
2009 Needle in a Haystack (Curated events for Nick Garcia)
2003 & 2005 Mediatopia.net & Mediatopia2.net
(Co-Curated exhibition & symposium w/ Andrew Bucksbarg)
1999 The F Word: Contemporary Feminisms & the Legacy of the LA Feminist Art Movement
(Organizer, Videographer, collabortive art installation)

Monte Vista Projects, LA, CA
Koh-i-noor, Copenhagen, Denmark
Torrance Art Musuem, Torrance, CA
Glendale Gallery, CA
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA
Cal Arts, CA



Annie Buckley, "POSTscript: End of an Era for A Downtown Space," KCET Artbound, July 8, 2015
Gabie Strong, "Earth Art Radio," KCHUNG radio, April 30, 2014 - JPG - HTML
Scarlet Cheng, "Spectacular Subdivision in Wonder Valley," Artillery, Apr. 23, 2014 - HTML - PDF
Kim Stringfellow, “Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of the Home," KCET Artbound, Apr. 8, 2014 - HTML - PDF
Mizota, Sharon, "’Facing the Sublime in Water, CA’ delves deep," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 2012 - HTML - PDF
"Add to Itinerary: The Portable Forest", Dumbo.is, Sept. 2012 - HTML -
"Everything You Need to Know About The Dumbo Arts Festival", Guest of a Guest, Sept. 2012 - HTML - PDF
Sallabedra, Megan, "'Ever Green' at Monte Vista Projects: Free Christmas Trees for Rent! But is it Art?"LA Weekly, Dec. 2011. - PDF
Wagley, Catherine, "Art To See, Five Artsy Things to See This Week...,"
LA Weekly, Nov., 2011. - PDF
Galleos, Emma, "'The Portable Forest Tree Library' Lets You Check Out a (Christmas)Tree From Its Living Library,"
LAist, Nov. 2011. - PDF
Judkis, Maura, "the arm as art gallery,"
The Washington Post, October 2010. - PDF
Herbst, Robby, "Where Possible Possibilities Are Possible: Experiences and Forms of the Possible,"
Proximity, Issue Number 5, Fall 2009, pgs. 38-43. - PDF
Herbst, Robby, “A Map for An Other LA,”
The LLano Del Rio working group, Dec 2009.
Marinez, Lilian, “‘Scratch Visual,”
Planeta Alternativo, 2003. read review
“The A List,”
Sculpture Magazine, Oct. 1996.

Mayer, Anna, “Letter from Los Angeles,”
Proximity, #6, Winter 2009-2010, pp.131-132.
Calvin, "QUEER TERRITORIES at Sea and Space Explorations," The New Gay, April 13, 2010, online publication - PDF
Herbst, Robby, “A Map for An Other LA,”
The LLano Del Rio working group, Dec 2009.
"What to Do This Weekend,"
Daily Candy Los Angeles, Culture section, Aug 2009, online. - HTML
Ward, Alie, “Gallery on a Shoestring,”
Brand X: The LA Times (Vol. 12, No. 21, week of August 26, 2009) Interview. - JPG (327KB)
Ward, Alie, “The Little Gallery Doing Big Weird Things,”
Metromix: The LA Times (Vol. 2, Iss. 6, Feb. 11-17, 2009), cover story & interview - PDF
Denny, Drew, “Sound in Space 2,”
L.A. Record, pg. 15 (Vol. 3, Issue 12, Feb. 2009). - PDF (986KB) (interview)
Szupinska, Joanna, "The Other LA Art Scene: Part I,"
FlashArt Online Issue (March/April 2008). - PDF
Bargar, Lesley, "Buzz - At Your Service: Street Smart,"
LA Magazine, pg. 66 ( March 2008).- JPG (592K)
Villafane, Andie, "artspotting: gallery (p)reviews," Citizen LA, Issue Feb 2008 - JPG (300K).
Zolghadr, Tirdad, "How German is it?"
Frieze Magazine, Issue 111 (Nov-Dec 2007) - PDF
Marcoux, Patrick, "Conspiracy and Economy: Chris Bassett @ Sea and Space Explorations, LA,"
Noah Becker's White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art (October 2007).- PDF
Lillianne Ballesteros, "Experience Art in Highland Park,"
The Occidental Weekly, p. 8 & 9 (10/2007). (cover story & interview)
Arnold, Margaret, "New Art Spaces in N.E. LA,"
The Arroyo Seco Journal, Vol 7, N.10, p.9 (11/2007).(interview)
Wing, Carlin, “Jessica Halonen & Emily Joyce,”
...Might Be Good, issue 84 (Feb. 23, 2007).

“Net Art Exhibitions,”
The Whitney ArtPort (2003 - 2008) Mediatopia linked on site. link to page
“Hacktivism, E-Music, New Media Art,”
neural.it (June 20, 2003) Mediatopia reviewed and on cover. read review
“Intelligent Gathering Maps Lovely Weather,”
www.art-themagazine.com (2003) Mediatopia review. read review


2010 - present Advisory Board, The Llano Del Rio working group. Los Angeles mapping project.
2008 - present President of Board, Sea and Space Explorations


October 2011, Grant Writing Consultant, LACE, LA, CA

2010 Guest Lecture, Cal Arts artist-run space class visits Monte Vista Projects, Monte Vista, LA, CA
2009 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, LA, CA
2008 Guest Lecture, artSpa 01 Panel Discussion: Art of Exchange, Sea and Space Explorations, LA, CA, November 23
2007 Guest Lecture, IPD Department, Otis School of Art, CA. March 28th
2004 Guest Lecture, USC, School of Cinema-Television, CA, October
2003 Visiting Artist Lecture, C-Level, LA, CA, June
2003 Guest Lecture, the Critical Studies Department, CalArts, CA, February
2002 Visiting Artist Lecture, Emerson College, Boston, MA, January
2001 Guest Lecture and workshop, Anima Mundi Film Festival, Rio & Sao Paulo, Brazil, Summer

2001 & 2003 Rhizome.org, http://www.rhizome.org

POCR (Peer Online Course Review) Badge, May 2024
ArtSAFEZONE LGBTQ+ Ally Training Certification, April 2021

DE (Digital Education) Certification
Online Teacher Training Course in Canvas Certification, May 2020


Full Time Positions

Moorpark College, Art Department (Moorpark, CA)
Temporary Full Time Art Instructor
Drawing and Composition I, Three-Dimensional Design
Fall 2021

Part Time Positions

University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
note: these are all graduate level classes
Figure Drawing
Contemporary Topics in Animation (Gallery exhibit class)
Experiments in 2D Animation (Gallery exhibit class)
Interactive Animation (Flash class)
Spring 2011, Spring 2012 - Fall 2016
Spring 2008
Fall 2009
Fall 2005 - Fall 2006

Moorpark College, Art Department (Moorpark, CA)

Drawing I Fall 2007 - Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011 - Fall 2013, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017 - Spring 2024, Summer: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Beginning Two-Dimensional Design Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2014, Fall 2015 - Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019 - Spring 2020, Spring 2022 - Spring 2024
Three Dimensional Design Fall 2017
Art History: Renaissance to Modern Fall 2009
Drawing II Fall 2007 - Spring 2009

Pierce College, Art Department (Woodland Hills, CA)

Beginning Three-Dimensional Design Spring
Drawing I
Intermediate Two-Dimensional Design
Art Appreciation, Substitute teacher
Visual Communications
Web Design
2005 - Spring 2009, Fall 2010 - Spring 2015
Spring 2007, Spring 2009
Fall 2006
May 2005
Spring 2005
Fall 2002 - Fall 2005

OTIS College of Art & Design, IPD Deptartment (Los Angeles, CA)

Portfolio Development/Entrepreneurial Practices
(Portfolio development classes for seniors)
Fall 2007 - Spring 2010

College of the Canyons, Graphics and Media Department (Santa Clarita, CA)

Introduction to Flash
Digital Photography
Introduction to Photoshop
Fall 2004, Fall 2005
Fall 2004
Fall 2004

College of the Canyons, Animation Department (Santa Clarita, CA)

Flash Animation Fall 2003 - Spring 2006
Open Animation Lab (Maya & Flash) Fall 2003 - Spring 2006

California Summer School for the Arts, CalArts (Valencia, CA)

2D Design Summer 2017
Sculpture Summer 2015 - 2016
Digital Media (Video Editing) Summers 2003 - 2014

Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA)

Multicultural Visions Teaching Fellowship Fall 1999

Fall 1997 Art Theory, CalArts, Art Deparment
Spring 1997 Art Theory, Cal Arts, Art Department
Spring 1996 "Introduction to Art Theory", University of Maryland, Art Department
Fall 1995 "Introduction to Painting", University of Maryland, Art Department
Fall 1995 "Two-Dimensional Design", University of Maryland, Art Department


Gallery Assistantships
November 1998-July 1999 Reception, Membership, Submissions, Los Angeles Contemporary
Exhibitions (LACE).
May 1997 Receptionist, Richard Heller Gallery, Bergamont Station.

Flash and Website Development
April 2001-January 2004 Technical Director, N-Tonic.com.
April 2000-April 2001 Technical Director, Metapa.net (previously Syndol, previously DaliMedia).
January-April 2000 Flash Artist and Programmer, Swell Productions.

Digital Imaging
November 1999-April 2000 Imaging Technician, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
September 1998-January 1999 Digital Imaging Technician, Walt Disney Imagineering.

*references available upon request

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