Laura Spinner A’89
Running for: Nominating Committee
Where do we go from here? Great strides have been made to begin to correct the problems that plagued the school and brought it to the situation where Peter Cooper’s ideals have been severely compromised. Our community of students and graduates have been taught to accomplish great things through planning and critical thinking. As a group we can come together and continue to correct this situation. Open communication, working in unison instead of in opposition, are the tools needed to bridge the gap. Every step counts both large and small to achieve this goal. We owe it to today’s students and future generations students to build a way to ‘free’.
After graduating from the school of art, I started a decorative painting company that specializes in murals and faux finishes. In my experience, establishing a career in traditional fine arts comes with its challenges for all who choose this path. However, for more than 16 years I have been painting on walls, floors, ceilings and furniture. Most clients approach me unable to express what they envision most often saying, “I’ll know it when I see it”. I help them “see it”. A few of the clients and projects I have worked on include the Princeton Theological Seminary, The Marshall Field Estate at Caumsett for the Designer Showcase House, BHDM Design, Molyneux, and the UJA.
A major commission of mine in Orient, NY was featured in Architectural Digest. I worked with students from the International High School near Union Square on a volunteer basis to give them the experience of creating a mural by brainstorming and collaborating on an idea and working with them to bring it to fruition. It has helped teach them that they have the power and ability to bring a concept to life. Drawing on walls has always been a fascination of mine, and to those of you with young children who have this desire; get a magic eraser at your local supermarket and quietly encourage them.
I have been a Council member and Chair of the CUAA Awards Committee for three years.