About the Artist

Portrait by  Nathan Rocky

Portrait by Nathan Rocky

Mia Kaplan is a painter and sculptor from Southeast Louisiana. She earned a degree in Drawing and Printmaking from the Memphis College of Art, and has had her work included in many publications: Artforum, Food & Wine, Fitness Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Country Roads Magazine, Modern Farmer, The Louisiana Review, and more. She exhibits nationally in galleries, museums, and public places. Her work is driven by an interest in transformational qualities and patterns found in nature as told through her personal process of documenting life in the marshes and swamps of her hometown, and through sculptural abstraction of natural borders, landscapes, wildflowers, and refuges. 

In 2014, Kaplan created "Life on Paper", a workshop series for ages 9 - 15, to accomplish the goal of making mentorship-based learning free to young artists in her hometown. By partnering with Northlake Nature Center, a 400-acre natural reserve, students and Kaplan discuss what it means to create a drawing, where to begin, and learn a variety of techniques in observational drawing, paper making, and collage. The program is still in operation as the "Open Air Studio" which focuses solely on drawing from observation, and now allows adults to participate for a small fee (young artists are still free). To register a student (class size is limited), please contact rue@northlakenature.org.

Kaplan continues to draw, paint, sculpt, and work in textiles from her studios in Lacombe and Slidell, LA. She is expanding her creative practice even further to include the creation of architecture, as she is currently persuing a dual Masters degree in Architecture and Preservation Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans.  

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"LA landscapes come to life with Lacombe artist's latest exhibition" by Sarah Bonnette, Times Picayune, August 2016 http://www.nola.com/community/st-tammany/index.ssf/2016/08/latest_exhibition_by_lacombe_a.html

"Artist mixing colors of Tennessee River with sites and scents of New Orleans in latest River Gallery exhibit" by Susan Pierce, Times Free Press, June 2016 http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2016/jun/05/insideout-river-gallery-features-works-mikapl/369008/

"Summer Brunch" written and styled by Valorie Hart, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. Summer 2016 http://www.myneworleans.com/New-Orleans-Homes-Lifestyles/Summer-2016/Summer-Brunch/

"Painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan Wants You To Watch Her Work In The Bluff View Sculpture Garden" by Richard Winham, WUTC. June 2016 http://wutc.org/post/painter-and-sculptor-mia-kaplan-wants-you-watch-her-work-bluff-view-sculpture-garden#stream/0

"Artist Mia Kaplan Sculpture Painting Time-Lapse" by Ole Miss News. April 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEmfHoXE8Ns&feature=youtu.be

"Mia Kaplan’s Swamp Flower re-blooms at UM Museum" by Austin Hille, The DM Online. April 2016 https://thedmonline.com/publish-immediatley-mia-kaplans-swamp-flower-re-blooms-um-museum-ag/

"Artist to Paint Outdoor Sculpture at UM Museum" by Kirsten McGill, Ole Miss News. April 2016 http://news.olemiss.edu/artist-paint-outdoor-sculpture-um-museum/

"Artist Mia Kaplan creates art from nature's inspirations" by Sarah Bonnette, Times Picayune. July 2015 http://www.nola.com/community/st-tammany/index.ssf/2015/07/artist_mia_kaplan_creates_art.html

"Park(ing) Day miniature public parks on Julia Street during Art for Art's Sake" by Doug MacCash, for Nola.com http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2014/10/parking_day_miniature_public_p.html

"Poydras Street Sculptures on Parade" by Deepak Saini, for WGNO's "News With a Twist". http://wgno.com/2014/10/02/poydras-street-sculptures-on-parade/

"Gjurasic Factor: Find Your Pen Pal" by Alexandra Gjurasic, for PYRAGRAPH, September 2013 http://www.pyragraph.com/2013/09/gjurasic-factor-find-your-pen-pal/

"Making Her Garden Grow" by Fred Cohn, for NOLAwoman. March 21, 2012 http://nolawoman.com/articles/spotlight/arts/187/

"Sculpture For New Orleans is a plus for Poydras Street" by Doug MacCash, for the Times Picayune http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2013/03/sculpture_for_new_orleans_is_a.html

"There's Something About Mia" by Julia Reed, for Fetch Magazine. http://www.fetchmagbytaigan.com/art/theres-something-about-mia/



"The Myth and the Mentor", for PYRAGRAPH, April 2015 http://www.pyragraph.com/2015/04/the-myth-and-the-mentor/

"How to Inventory Artwork", for PYRAGRAPH, April 2014 http://www.pyragraph.com/2014/04/how-to-inventory-artwork/

"Gallerist vs. Artist: What I learned about the art world by pretending to be a gallery director" for PYRAGRAPH, January 2014 http://www.pyragraph.com/2014/01/what-i-learned-pretending-gallery-director/

"Beyond the Canvas: How my issues turned into a dress" for PYRAGRAPH, March 2014 http://www.pyragraph.com/2014/03/making-your-work-accessible/

"Why I Teach Young People to Draw" for PYRAGRAPH, December 2013 http://www.pyragraph.com/2013/12/why-i-teach-young-people-to-draw/