Lauren is an artist, educator, and community organizer living and working in Oakland, California. She received an MFA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and a BFA in Printmaking from Columbus College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is held in several private collections. One of her most recent projects, the Society of Submerged Culture, was in residence at StoreFrontLab in San Francisco.

Lauren Hartman's art practice looks at human interactions with the sea. Oceans have become a platform to discuss global issues, physically linking us all through international waters. She seeks to create an open dialogue about cultural issues and current events though her artworks. The ocean is a passageway for commerce, culture, and corruption. Hartman works primarily in embroidery and sculptural installations. Photo documentation of our encounters with the natural world serve as a departure point in her work. Whether revealing grandiose oil-rig explosions at sea through detailed hand- stitching or otherwise re-examining our humble relationship to nature, Lauren produces images, objects and social projects.