Lauren Cardenas is a Texas native and studio artist who focuses on print media. She was the editor and founder of PIECRUST Magazine (2011-2014), which was an art and biannual literary magazine based out of St. Louis. During that period she published seven small press publications, attempting to explore the structure of a bound publication Lauren also was a co-founding member and co-director of Museum Blue (2014-2017), an artist-run project space in St. Louis. She has co-curated many exhibitions that make strides to bridge the gap between art and literature. Along with her curatorial and publishing practice, she was a founding member and an active part of the steering committee of the St. Louis Small Press Expo (2014-2016). She was Gallery Committee member for the Holland Project in Reno, NV( 2017-2018), where she assisted in the curation of zine exhibition, Bound.
Cardenas holds a BFA in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, she is aTamarind Institute Printer Training Program graduate and holds an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Des Lee Gallery, Open House Galleries, Granite City Arts, and Design District in St. Louis, Ralph Arnold Gallery in Chicago, IL, The Luminary in St. Louis, MO, IPCNY New Prints Winter 2017. She was awarded the University of Nevada, Reno Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship (2016-2018) and created limited editioned artist book titled “Things You See in the Dark,” which is a collaboration with poet Daniel Enrique Perez. She recently joined the University of Mississippi art faculty as the Assistant Professor of Printmaking.