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Meet the 2023 Judge


Laura Gleissner

Laura Gleissner is the new Gallery Director in the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Gallery of Art. She is a native of Waverly, Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNI and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from 

Northern Illinois University (NIU). She is an abstract painter with a concentration in oil and mixed media and was the Gallery Director of the Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery on the Upper Iowa University (UIU) campus and Associate Professor of Art at UIU in Fayette, Iowa for the past 8 years.

Gleissner has lived and worked in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Japan, and Italy and enjoys leading art-intensive national and international programing for students, faculty, staff, and community members. She has a 22-month old girl, Maelyn, and Husband, Jim. In her free time, Gleissner travels, spends time with family and

friends, enjoys cooking, and making and seeing art. Learn more about Laura Gleissner at


Laura Gleissner awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, honorable mentions, and a special award in honor of Jean Semelhack to participating artists during the event.

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