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Straddling drawing and social practice, Laura Tanner's creative works facilitate ongoing research into the correlation between local foodways and issues of social justice. Through collaborations with historical institutions and local communities, Tanner's drawings act as visual archives of the stories and recipes shared during organized community events, in turn highlighting the unique social structures and challenges facing each community. Tanner has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Springfield Art Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Susquehanna Art Museum. Her research has been supported through numerous fellowships and residencies, including A Studio in the Woods at Tulane University, the Ucross Foundation, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. In 2023, select drawings from Tanner's ongoing project, Dish, were selected for publication in the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a two-part congressionally mandated report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program with a mission to assess the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States. Tanner currently lives and works in Boca Raton, FL.