2017 EDGE: Lauren Halsey

In 2016, LA Design Festival created the EDGE award recognizing emerging talent. This year, we are proud to celebrate three new recipients making a significant contribution to LA's design culture.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Halsey

Photo courtesy of Lauren Halsey

Last week, we introduced 2017 EDGE honoree Tuesday Bassen. Today we're inspired by and thrilled to announce fellow Angeleno Lauren Halsey as our second 2017 EDGE recipient. 

Born and raised in LA, Halsey took her first art class in high school and the rest is history. She went on to practice art and architecture at El Camino Community College, CalArts, and Yale University. She also served as the Artist-In-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and in the Session residency program at Recess.

Halsey has made it her life’s work to create the Crenshaw Hieroglyphs, a large scale work of public art for her South LA community. Acting as both archivist and architect, she creates fantasy kingdoms that exist as metaphors for optimism, self-determination, and love. 

See more of her art in the gallery below, and join us on June 8th as we recognize the important work of Lauren Halsey during the LA Design Festival Opening Night Party