Lauren Buchness

Studio Artist, Tucson, AZ

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Lauren Buchness is a contemporary artist & fat activist based in Tucson, Arizona. By combining painting & performance, she aims to question Western standards of beauty and create conversations that alter preconceived notions about the fat body. In 2013, she received her BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University, and in 2018 earned her Master of Fine Art with a focus in painting & video from the University of Arizona. Lauren’s work has been shown in multiple galleries across the country. She has taught figure drawing and watercolor painting classes & workshops at the university, as well as privately at local establishments. Most days, you can find Lauren in the studio, creating works of art that celebrate and explore the fat experience.

Selected Exhibitions:

“Beef Curtains”; Pete’s Candy Store, Gxrl on Grill: Eat Your Heart Out, Course 3
“Soft Magnolias” “Dragonfly Kisses” “Honey Bae”; Sculpture Resource Center, Tucson Erotic Art Show
“What a Gem”; Light Space & Time; 10th Annual “Figurative” Art Exhibition

“Fairy Toast,” “Butter Jacuzzi,” “Dive in!” “Jelly Belly”; 934 Gallery, #FATPROUDWINNING
“Soft Magnolias”; Gardiner Gallery of Art, Cimarron National Works on Paper
“Grapefruit and Blueberries”; Las Laguna Art Gallery, Aqueous 2019
“Dragonfly Kisses”; Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona Aqueous XXXIV
“Carry that Weight,” “Shape up”; 621 Gallery, Fat Film Fest
“Dragonfly Kisses”, “Honey Bae”, “Soft Magnolias”,
“Tidal pool Dreams”; 621 Gallery, >7

“Shape up”, “Carry that Weight”; Hiss Magazine, Film Screening
“Elephant in the Room”, University of Arizona Museum of Art, 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition
“Beef Curtains”; College Art Association Conference 2018, Media Lounge: Radical Identity: The New Citizen

“Just a Pinch”,”Main Squeeze” Exploded View, Fluid Ground
“Beef Curtains”; The Loft Cinema, Blink Twice
“Bodies as Oceans”; University of Arizona, We Want Trouble: Graduate Open Studios

“Sew Sew What, I’m Still a Rock Star”; Exploded View, Where We Met
“Traces”; The Dusty Monk Pub, Infuse
“Band-aids Don’t Fix Shit”; Graduate Visual Resource Lab
“All that Glitters, couldn’t make the cut”; University of Arizona, Graduate Open Studios

“All that Glitters”; Graduate Gallery, Pop-UP show

“Perseverance: St Cecilia & Three of Swords”; Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, BFA Graduating Exhibition
“Lost (Amelia & Peter)”; Florida State University, Collaborative Performance


“Love In the Garden” featured as the cover for Mother Body by Diamond Forde, March 2021

“Featured Artist: Lauren Buchness” Queerly Collective, Dec 2020,

“Lauren Buchness: Naturally Fat Series” Thought Art Magazine: Issue 01, 2020 pages 60-64

Mini Polyseme #4: Lauren Buchness, Polyseme Magazine, 2019

Fat Tuesday Art, Instagram: @fattuesdayart, December 2019

Lauren Buchness, Queer Art Brunch Club, 2019

Hiss Magazine, Issue 3; 2018

"Meet Lauren Buchness", Voyage Phoenix Magazine, 2018


BFA in Studio Art at Florida State University
Aug 2010 – May 2013 Tallahassee, Fl
Masters of Fine Arts at University of Arizona
2015 – 2018 Tucson, AZ