Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Contact Information

Phone: 732-859-4919

Studio & Gallery

Philly girl living in Boston

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.


Archived Works


Artist's Biography

Laura Petrovich-Cheney is a contemporary artist working with salvaged wood collected after living through an environmental disaster. A former fashion designer and art educator, she is directly inspired by quilts and weavings. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist and teacher. Her residencies and fellowships have included The Arctic Circle, the Vermont Studio Center, A.I.R. Gallery, Center for Emerging Visual Artists and Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. She has been awarded with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant with the National Park Service, Barbara Deming Grant, and Geraldine Dodge Grant. In 2017, she was awarded a New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellow in Sculpture and was awarded a 2021 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Craft.

Artist's Statement

Concerns for our environmental lead to me collect salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy. These storms are growing larger and stronger each year. Inspired by patchwork scrap quilts and weavings, my sculptural wall works are constructed using traditional carpentry tools – bandsaw, table saw, sanders. I lived through Hurricane Sandy and my repetitive process of cutting and organizing the wood into mathematical grid patterns helped me restore some order in my mind after losing my childhood home. I never paint or repair what I find – the faded colors, scratches, nail holes mark the passage of time and are vital reminders of a once lived life. Working with discarded materials invites exploration of ideas universal to the human experience: nostalgia, second chances, renewal, memory, and the beauty of imperfection. My goal is to create object of beauty and comfort that began as discarded scraps made meaningful by piecing scraps together.

Selected Exhibitions

Title TBD, Burger Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ

Against the Grain, Berea College, Berea, KY

Memory and Material, International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE

Life in Patterns, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Stitched in Wood, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE

Left Behind: Sandy Quilts, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council Gallery, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

2016 - 2017
What Remains: Wooden Quilt Sculptures, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

On Track, Broadway Gallery, South Amboy, NJ

Piece by Piece, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Around the Block, John Sloan Art Center Gallery, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

By the Block, James Howe Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ

Block Party, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibit, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

The Art of Refuse, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
Curator: Anne Trauben

2015 - 2016
Pattern Pieces: Can You Make a Quilt Out of Wood?, James Michener Museum. Doylestown, PA

Equilibrium, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

ECO-Art, JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA

Fountain Fair, Sculptors Guild, New York, NY

Governors Island Exhibit, Nolan Park, Sculptors Guild, New York, NY

Open Orange, Vallery Arts Firehouse Gallery, Orange, NJ

Signature Artist Series, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Sculpture Show, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA

Recent Graduates, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Preemptive Strike, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

Works In Wood, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA

Works on Paper, Perkins Art Center, Moorestown, NJ

TechKnowledge, Holy Family University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Signature Artist Exhibit, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Garbage Barge Revisited, Islip Museum, Islip, NY

Centennial Juried Show, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Sculptoure: An urban sculpture park, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Asbury Park, NJ

Reusing our Resources, Sandy Springs Museum, Sandy Springs, MD

Arts Pride NJ: Inspiring Women, A Celebration of the Visual & Culinary Arts, Hospitality House, Trenton, NJ

Works on Paper, Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring: The Global Water Crisis, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR

MFA Thesis Exhibit, Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Arts Connection 7, George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Annual Juried Show, Monmouth Museum Lincroft, NJ

Juried Show, Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ

Sneak Peak: MFA Exhibit, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

UPPERCASE magazine, 30th Issue, July 2016

Creative Quaterly, The Journal of Art & Design, Issue 33, Spring 2014

Shrift, Gwen, “Infinite Variety,” The Intelligencer, November 1, 2013, page 1.

Stein, Don, “Asbury Park Resident Prepares to Travel to the Arctic Circle,” The Coaster, July
25, 2013, page. 1

Bellantoni, Ralph J., “Swimming Upstream,” Asbury Park Press, May 10, 2013, p. 16

Shrift, Gwen, “Sculpture 2013,” Philly, April 19, 2013

Manufactured Dissent, February 5, 2013

"Week #8 Summer Friday Selected Artist," Blouin, August 10, 2012

Shields, Nancy, “Public Art Graces Asbury Park and Long Branch,” Asbury Park Press, June 29, 2012

Shrift, Gwen, “Where twisted metal artfully entwines works of whimsy,” Philly

Mici, Bora, "Female Artists Take Up Environmental Message," Gaithersburg’s Patch, June 27, 2012

Young, Adele, “Local Artists in 33rd Annual Juried Show,” The Hub, January 19, 2012

Alaks, K., “Wiseman Gallery’s Water Themed Show Makes Big Splash,” Grants Pass Daily Courier, Nov. 14, 2011: p. 6a

Moore College of Art & Design, 2011-12 Graduate Studies Admission Catalog, page 16.

Professional Experience

2014 - present
Adjunct Art Professor, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

2001 - 2014
Art Teacher, Lakewood Board of Education, Lakewood, NJ

2010 - 2012
Education Director, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art

1999 - 2001
Second Grade Teacher, Franklin Charter School, Somerset, NJ

1996 - 1998
Fashion Designer, Dawn Joy Fashions, New York, NY

1993 - 1996
Associate Designer, Mothers Work Maternity, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations

New York Sculptors Guild, Brooklyn
Philadelphia Sculptors
Women Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter
Secretary, 2012-2013
College Art Association
Monmouth County Arts Council
New Jersey Education Association
National Art Education Association
Art Educators of New Jersey
Vice President and Conference Chair, 2009
Adcovacy Chair and Youth Art Month Chair, 2007-08
Secretary, 2006

Awards and Honors

Juried Member, Sculptors Guild of New York

Signature Artist Member, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Focus New Jersey Exhibit, Second Place, New Jersey Art Center, New Milford, NJ

Eastern Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year, National Art Education Association

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education

National Youth Art Month Award of Excellence, National Art Education Association

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education

Honorable Mention, Birds, Monmouth Museum Juried Show, Lincroft, NJ


2013 - 2014
Fellowship, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA


Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Jersey City, NJ
Sculpture Park, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
MD Anderson Cooper Hospital Cancer Center, Camden, NJ
Salvage Sale Corporation, Houston, TX
Monmouth County Arts Council, Red Bank, NJ


Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Studio Art, Summa Cum Laude

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
MS, Fashion Design, Magna Cum Laude

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
BA, Fine Arts, English Literature

Continuing Education
2005 - 2006
Studio Art-Venice, Steinhardt School, New York University, New York, NY