Lauren Rader is an artist and art educator whose works range from stark minimalist paintings to vibrant abstract pastels. Her works are in numerous private and corporate collections, have been exhibited at the White House and were selected for the U.S. Embassy in Fiji. She is represented by Sharon Fine Gallery in Bethesda.
Rader's work is at once sparing and evocative. Her canvases work as windows on a hidden space where color and line speak of memory and mood. Some are serene and meditative, conjuring eternal tensions between inner and outer, beauty and pain. Others dance, their colors and forms teasing the eye to a place of airy mystery, full of possibilities yet unknown.
Rader's earlier works include richly colored dream-like pastels, and abstract sculptures in clay and stone. She earned her bachelor of arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studied painting as a Nieman affiliate at Harvard University. Rader taught art for 12 years in private schools in Oakland and Berkeley, California, and has spent the last 10 summers directing the art program at a sleep-away camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
In 2005 Rader opened her studio to the public for the first time, teaching classes to women called Releasing the Creative Powers Within. Rader is currently working on a book about the classes and her philosophy on creativity. She resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, children, and their sweet dog, Wiley.