Laura Simone                                     



2001 - Rachael Renee Chan Memorial Scholarship recipient, Freshman year, Memorial scholarship for art Students from Topeka West High School, in memory of Rachael Chan

2001 - Topeka Art Guild Scholarship

2001 - Visual Artist of the Year, Topeka Performing Art Center

2001-06 - Mulvane Women’s Board Scholarship

2001-06 - Art Department Scholarships

2002-06 - Academic Scholarship (multiple)

2007 - Charles and Margaret Pollack Award: The Mulvane Art Museum honors one to two students each year by presenting the Pollack award and purchasing a piece of the student work for the Mulvane’s Permanent collection.

2010-14 - Awarded Best In Show, Professional 3D Category (Fused Glass Jewelry) at Aaron Douglas Art Fair

Commissioned Work:

2004         “Frank Lloyd Wright Inspirations” 6 windows, (4 transom - 2x4’, 2 sidelights - 1x4’) Custom designed and built and installed in the home of Michelle & Rick Higgs, Topeka KS

2006-07    “Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home: Angel Window” Assisted in Restoration and Repair of 12 x 5’ multi-panel 200 year old Stained glass window (a two year project, restored all hand painted segments.) Installed in Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker, Topeka KS

2007        “Lilies” 4’x6’ custom designed leaded glass, commissioned by Nancy Tate, Topeka KS

2007        “Washburn Sunflowers” 2’x2’ leaded glass, commissioned by Nancy Tate, Topeka KS

2007        “Geometric Spiral” Matching Pair of custom designed leaded glass windows (4 x 5’ and 2 x 4’) Built and installed in the home of Carol Hillie, Topeka KS

2013        “Flat Tire 5” poster design, for the Topeka Bike recycler Annual fundraiser, August

2013        “The Learning Tree” 10’x14’ mural in Acrylic, Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, KS

2013        “Technically Kansas” 100’x13’ mural in Acrylic, Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, KS

2013        Campus Map, Hand drawn and colored campus map for Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka KS

2014        “John ‘Barista’ Brown” 20’x24’ (98 square feet) Acrylic mural, PT’s Coffee shop,Topeka,KS

2015        “Creative Flow”, Six 40”x36” stained and leaded glass panels (totaling 60 square feet of stained glass) with hand painted sections, Yeldarb Gallery, Topeka, KS - Project completed & Installed April 29th, 2015

2015        "Blue 150" One Hundred and Fifty custom designed and built stained and fused glass ornaments for the Washburn University Foundation 150th aniversery.


Shows Organized/Curated:

2013 - First Friday Art Walk at College Hill, October

  • Transformed unused (and junk-filled), half-finished commercial spaces into gallery spaces.

  • Rigged full gallery lighting in spaces that had no electricity or outlets (fun times with extension cords…)

  • Contacted 50+ artists and coordinated art drop off times.

  • Placed and hung art.

  • Promoted show and coordinated breakdown at end.

2013 - First Friday Art Walk at College Hill, November

  • Coordinated 45+ new artists and drop off times for art.

  • Placed and hung art

  • Promoted show and coordinated breakdown at end.

  • Removed all lights and removed gallery set up. (the space sold, had to clear it out.)

2013 - Gallery showing and Benefit Auction at the Yeldarb Gallery, March

  • Contacted and gathered art from 100+ artists

  • Created system for silent auction (numbering each piece, setting up online bidding, made printed forms for each work at auction.

  • Hung show

  • Promoted show via social media, made special buttons to hand out, designed and printed posters and flyers.

  • After auction, contacted all bid winners, mailed art that needed to travel, monitored all incoming payments. (we raised $7000!)

Group and Solo Exhibitions (Paintings/2D art)

2002, 2007    Washburn Student Show, Mulvane Art Museum, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka KS
2008        Senior Exhibition, (Solo) Washburn Art Building, 1700 SW College Ave,Topeka, KS
2009        Exhibition A Few of Our Favorite Things, Washburn Permanent Collection, Mulvane ArtMuseum, Topeka KS 66621
2009        Holton First Friday Art Walk, Lee’s Flower & Gift Shop, 106 W 5th St., Holton, KS
2010        Solo Retrospective show, Blackbird Bistro & Bar, 4025 SW 10th Ave, Topeka KS
2013        Solo Retrospective show, PT’s at College Hill, 1625 SW Washburn Ave, Topeka, KS
2013        First Friday Art Walk at College Hill, August and September
2013        Solo Retrospective Show, Yeldarb Gallery, 909 North Kansas Ave, Topeka KS 66608
2014        Washburn Alumni Exhibition, Mulvane Art Museum, 1700 SW Jewel, Topeka KS 66621

2015 Engelhardt Art Emporium, Solo retrospective show and art sale, Yeldarb Gallery, 909 N. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608

2016 Pigmented Personality, Solo show of painted works at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd, STL, MO. (Oct)

Art/Craft Shows (Fused & Lampworked Glass Jewelry)

Mulvane Art Fair, Topeka, KS, Jewelry Category, 2014, 2012, 2011
Aaron Douglas Art Fair, Topeka KS, Jewelry Category: 2014, 2012-2007
Arts Festival Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, Jewelry Category, 2014
Maple Leaf Festival, Baldwin City, KS, Jewelry Category, 2014-2009
Fall Arts Festival, Lawrence KS, Jewelry Category, 2013-2009
Makers Faire, Kansas City, MO, Jewelry Category, 2014-2011
Farmers Market (saturdays between April and October), Topeka, KS, Jewelry, 2014-2007
Book, Art & Craft Fair, Wichita, KS, May 2014-2010
Zona Rosa Art Show, Zona Rosa shopping area, Kansas City, MO, Sep 2014                                                                                     Strange Folk Festival, Union Station, St. Louis, MO, Sep 2015                                                                                                          Art At The Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Louis, MO, Nov 2015

Mulvane Art Fair, Topeka, KS, Glass Category, 2017, 2018, 2019

Glass and Bead Bazaar, ISGB Gatheringin Las Vegas, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Art Classes Instructed:

2014 - Deconstruction/Reconstruction: Upcycling your old Jewelry into New, NOTO Arts District, Community Arts Center, 935 N Kansas Ave, Topeka KS

2014 - Cutting Edge: Fused Glass (Two Classes, Three sessions each, basic fused glass class, ages 15 & up, provided original manual), Mulvane Art Museum, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka KS

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - 5 Week Glass Sampler classes for Washington University through Third Degree Glass Factory.

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - Sixteen Week Flame intensive class for Washington Uinverstiy through Third Degree Glass Factory.

2019 - TA to Joy Munshower at her “Surf & Turf” week long class at Corning Glassworks in Corning NY


Classes Completed for further education:

Joy Munshower: Horses & Critters - Flamework class at Third Degree- November 7th & 8th, 2015

Amy Waldman: Raking & Masking Techniques - Flamework class at Third Degree - March 19th & 20th, 2016

Libby Leuchtman: Discovering the Wonders of Glass - Flamework/Coldwork class at Third Degree - June 11th & 12th, 2016

Holly Cooper: Powder Play - Flamework class at Third Degree - (coming up!) September 24th & 25th, 2016

Heather Trimlett: Cane course - Flameworking class at Third Degree Glass Factory, March 10-11th, 2018

Joy MunShower: Surf & Turf - Flamework class on Fur and feathers at Public City Glass Works in Lenexa KS, November 9-12, 2018