Lauren Frances Adams attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She completed her MFA in 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh), the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC), the Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), an ex-Turkish bathhouse in Belgrade, Serbia, Nymans House National Trust (Sussex, England) Royal NoneSuch Gallery (Oakland, CA), The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA), Conner Contemporary (Washington, DC), and CUE Art Foundation (New York). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and recently completed a residency at the Cite in Paris, France. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, a prestigious award given every year to 10 graduating MFA students in the United States. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo project at the EXPO Chicago Art Fair, September, 2012, and a solo project at Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Before joining MICA, Lauren was an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.