2014 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Laci Coppins. Photo by William Zuback.

Coppins captures narrative images and nontraditional portraiture through her photography. She also creates photographic mixed media and installation pieces using image, text, and recycled/repurposed materials.

She has exhibited her work extensively in Milwaukee, where she resides, and in multiple cities across the United States and Italy. She also gives talks and lectures for schools and at family programs.

We are thrilled that Laci has been named the 2014 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence,” said Taft Director/CEO Deborah Emont Scott. “Her residency coincides perfectly with our special exhibition of Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray.”

According to Coppins, “This is a wonderful opportunity to grow as an artist through community interactions. I look forward to working with a variety of groups in sharing my practice, developing connections, and inspiring others to begin or continue their own journeys.”

“Laci is a dynamic and engaging teacher who inspires students both in her day job at the Milwaukee Art Museum and in the artist’s workshops that she has led as a photographer,” said Taft Chief Curator Lynne Ambrosini. “She is committed to working with young people and helping them discover their own voices through photography.”

Coppins received her bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in English, a postbaccalaureate in fine arts with an emphasis in photography from Studio Art Centers International, and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.