Lauri Stallings

Founding Artist

Lauri Stallings is an artist who makes body-based work. A Rome Prize nominee and the recipient of an Artadia Award, MOCA GA Fellow and Hudgens Prize, 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 serves 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 untitled, 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).

Stallings has been making 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 meditation. Stallings graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance from Point Park University, and completed her performance career 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 119-year old working farm for culture hybrids in Atlanta.