Lauri Stallings is an artist who makes body-based work. A Rome Prize nominee and the recipient of an Artadia Award(2014), MOCA GA Fellow(2017) and Hudgens Prize (2018), Stallings has been making rigorously crafted group experience in museums, theatres and public spaces since 2009. She gives equal weight to listening and seeing, movement and stillness, and the strange and the stranger, while exploring choreography as a tool box devised to bring together things that normally would never meet in compact social contexts. In 2009, Stallings created glo, a nonprofit platform aimed at building relationships across issues, identities and creative possibilities. Many of the platform's initiatives have focussed on the revitalization of the Deep South, creating temporary hubs and migrations for racial minorities and the poor in remote areas, which serve as catalysts for discussions on equity, race, history, and who gets to dance. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University's Creative Arts Award. Public works include and all directions I come to you, Creative Time (2015); Land, Trees and Women, Flux Projects (2018); Livers, Art Basel Miami (2013). Solo exhibitions include we’re not in the shadows now, High Museum (July 2019), the room for tender choreographies, MOCA GA (2017), rather than some things appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta' mercy, Hudgens Center (2018). Along with her peers, Stallings is always trying to carve out a space somewhere between performance and social activism.
Stallings work has been funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, MailChimp, Possible Futures, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts-NEA, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, Lubo Fund, Cheney Foundation, Richard Driehaus Foundation, South Arts, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at such venues as Central Park,Center for Civil and Human Rights, High Museum of Art, Art Basel:Miami, City Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Chattahoochee River National Park, Harris Theatre, DMAC, Atlanta Contemporary, Zuckerman Museum,Swan Coach House Gallery, and internationally in England, Germany, Canada, and Netherlands. She is a Bogliasco Fellow, and Flux Projects debut artist. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University’s Community Artist Impact Award.
Lauri has been experimenting with site-specific music and movement installations with Maestro Robert Spano since 2011. She considers these deep collaborations as internal maps to orient people and artists towards various states of reawaken. The body of her collaborative work in the South began alongside hip hop artist Big Boi of Outkast, first generation Dungeon Family artists Big Rube and Sleepy Brown, and Janelle Monae' and Wondaland Arts Society. Stallings graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance from Point Park University, and completed a long performance career as a dancer with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago.
Stallings was born and raised on the Eastside of Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Stallings older brother died of complications to HIV/AIDS, and to date the artist considers his life as her most important education. Stallings makes all of her work at The Goat Farm Arts Center, a 120-year old hybrid art farm in Atlanta.