Laurel Farrin is working on abstract paintings, drawings and videos that use visual structures of comedy-incongruity, awkwardness and disruption- to elicit empathy for human predicaments.

Farrin received an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland in 1993. She was an Artist-in-Residence in the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM and received an individual artist grant from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Other residency fellowships include, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Dora Maar Fellowship in France, The Millay Center for the Arts, VCCA, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Select exhibitions include Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Bronx River Art Center, NY, NY; the Des Moines Art Center, The Figge Museum; Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC; Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY; Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA, the Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa FL; Spaces, Cleveland, OH; Anton Gallery, Washington DC; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC. and New American Painting, Mid Atlantic Edition. Farrin is an Associate Professor in the painting and drawing program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.