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Highlights:

-- One of 12 artists from the U.S. and invited to participate in the Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair, the first US style outdoor art festival in the history of Japan

-- Served on the Board of Trustees, the Exhibition Committee, and as President of the Friends of Art of the Milwaukee Art Museum

-- Served as co-chair of the Lakefront Festival of Arts, one of the country's most highly regarded art festivals that is held on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum

-- One of the founders of the National Association of Independent Artists and served as board member and President of the organization

-- Served as both juror and judge of museum exhibitions and art festivals

-- Heavily involved in the development of Zapplication, the on line digital application process that is rapidly being adopted by art festivals all over the country

-- By invitation, he has traveled to Cuba three times to work with the Cuban photographic community

Lawrence W. Oliverson was originally educated as an environmental engineer. While doing graduate work in a specialized field known as Remote Sensing of the Environment, he utilized satellite imagery and aerial photography for pollution detection and monitoring. This work gave him a technical background in photography. After a three-month trip to Europe during which his primary focus consisted of visits to major art museums, galleries, and exhibitions, he merged his technical knowledge of photography with his newfound interest in art. In 1979, he abandoned his engineering career and became a full time artist. His photographs are in numerous public, private, and corporate collections throughout the country.

The Hispanic culture and the work of contemporary architects are strong influences in some of Oliverson's photographs. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and South America in search of rich colors. Once he finds color, the quest continues for such compositional elements as shape, line, form, and texture with the final component being a heightened awareness of light. Oliverson uses these elements to create photographs that often transcend the original subject to stimulate an emotional and intellectual response in the viewer.

Oliverson works in both the analog and digital worlds of photography. In his anolog work, he mostly uses a large format camera to expose 4'' X 5'' color negatives and then prints all his own work using traditional darkroom techniques. When working digitally, he does all post processing and prints all his own work.


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