American artist Laurel Gibson is based in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Art, emphasis in ceramics in 2000. Gibson later went on to study in Paris and Avignon, France, then received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas-San Antonio in ceramics in 2005. She attended residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and in Oysterville Washington. Laurel has taught classes and workshops at local universities, art galleries, museums and through community outreach organizations. She states, “I believe art is a vehicle of expression when words and actions are no longer possible.” She is passionate about supporting disadvantaged communities and the empowerment of women and children. In 2017, Laurel Gibson was awarded the Arts & Letters Award from the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library for outstanding contributions to the artistic and literary community of San Antonio. Laurel received a grant from The National Endowment of the Arts for her embroidered artworks for the Old Spanish Trail Highway in which she was also named the official artist.