Ian Torres McLaughlin grew up in Chicago Illinois. He holds an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, 2002.  He’s participated in number a of unique projects with remarkable organizations including, Marc Chagall’s “Four Seasons” restoration project, The Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany stained glass dome restoration project, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art.  He’s taught mural painting at a Colorado charter high school and worked in the nonprofit sector serving on executive management teams and spent time as a ranger-logistics officer, firefighter/EMT, coordinating routine support systems, and emergency services for small and large events in the rural Rockies of Northern Colorado. 

His art has shown in Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and Kansas City. 


  • 2021  MFA, (expected) Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  •  2002 BFA, Painting,  The Kansas City Art Institute

Professional Experience

  • 2015-17 Guest Teacher, Boulder Prep Highschool & Picture Woods Ltd Mural Painting project, Boulder CO
  • 2011-12 Northwestern University Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Preparator team
  • 2009 The Chicago Cultural Centers Tiffany stained glass dome restoration project
  • 2002-06 Ranger, Colorado
  • 2002-06 Wild land Fire Fighter, Colorado
  • 2001 Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Preparator, Kansas City MO
  • 2000-02 & ’08 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Prep Department subcontractor, KCMO

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021    House-Trained, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2020    Google, Boulder CO, (canceled covid-19)
  • 2018    Messinger Gallery JCC, Boulder CO
  • 2017    Alternative Facts, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2016    Colorado Ballet, Denver CO
  • 2016    Love Bombs, 530 Sante Fe Dr, Denver CO
  • 2015    Nature’s Line, Space Gallery,Denver CO
  • 2013    Mind over Matter , Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2010    Synesthesia for the Times, Living Room Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group shows & Projects

  • 2020    Second Year MFA show, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • 2019    Pearl  Street Project, Boulder Creative Collective, Boulder CO
  • 2019    Grand Open Space Gallery Annex, Denver CO
  • 2017    Best of, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2016    Winter Show, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2016    Longmont Front Range Film Festival
  • 2014    End of Year Best of, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2014   Space Gallery New Building Grand Opening, Denver CO
  • 2013    Total Abstraction, Republic Plaza, Denver CO
  • 2013    Summer Show, Space Gallery, Denver CO
  • 2012    Winter Invitational, Buena Suerte a los Compañeros,   Telephonebooth Gallery, KCMO
  • 2010    Sonar Donkey-Deer Days music, Rogers Park Peoples Radio, Chicago IL
  • 2010    Sonar Donkey-Deer Days, shown at US Social Forum, Detroit, MI
  • 2010    Dharma Art show, Chicago, IL
  • 2008    Around The Coyote Spring Show, Chicago, IL
  • 2008    Bubble Burst Time, d/vision gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2002    Kansas City Art Institute BFA Show, H & R Block Art Space, Kansas City, MO
  • 2002    Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Kansas City, MO
  • 2002    Treehouse Meeting, Kelvin Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 1998    The Opie Gallery, Kansas City MO