Professor of Art, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives and works in Chicago and Champaign
Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2008
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Urbana, IL, 2007
Galerie Stella A., Berlin, Germany, 2006
Electron, Breda, The Netherlands, 2006
Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN, 2006
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI 2004
The Sheldon Memorial Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2003
Gallery 1078, Chico, CA, 2003
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 2003
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Univ. of Southern Indiana, 2002
I-Space, Chicago, IL, 2001
Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, 2001
Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2000
Dynamite Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, 1999
Galerie Unwahr im Apparat, Berlin, Germany, 1997
Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1997
Amalgama Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1994
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1993
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1991
Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1988
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, 1987
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, 1986
Anderson University, Anderson, IN, 1985
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, 1984
University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1984
Race Street Gallery, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, 1982
The Governor’s Residence of the State of Michigan, 1981
Cantor/Lemberg Gallery, Detroit, MI, 1981
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 1980
Selected Group Exhibitions
Destilando Territorios Comunes (Revealing Common Territories), Palacio Consistorial, Cartagena, Spain, 2008
All the Things Between, Inter Art Center Gallery, Beijing, China, 2008
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Being Open, Grand Rapids, MI 2007
Mind in Matter: Constructions of the Built Environment, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL, 2005
Lipa Summit, group exhibition, Regional Museum of Ptuj, Castle Galleries, Ptuj, Slovenia, 2004
Surface and Color: Contemporary Abstraction, Columbus State University Art Gallery, Columbus, GA, 2002
Another Place, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England, Three-Person Exhibition, 2000
Synthesis, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 2000
Fassbender Gallery, Gallery Artists, Chicago, IL, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Strands, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton; and Norwich College of Art, Norwich; England, 1999
Abstract Art in Chicago, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1998-99
Flashback - Flashforward, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 1998
Kunstfeest - Diversity, Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1997
Locus Gallery, Gallery Artists, St. Louis, MO, 1995
Natural Abstraction, North Park University, Chicago, IL, 1995
Mindy Oh Gallery, Cultured Pearl, Group Exhibition, Chicago, IL, 1994
Queens College, Cambridge University, England, Searching for the Hidden, 1994
Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, 1993
Valparaiso University Museum of Art, Contemporary Art, Valparaiso, IN, 1993
Illinois State University, The Vernacular Object, Normal, IL, 1992
Works on Paper, Traveling Exhibition, Six American Colleges, 1991
Gwenda Jay Gallery, Gallery Artists, Chicago, IL, 1990
College of DuPage, Three from Champaign, Glen Ellyn, IL, 1989
Illinois Painters, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL,
and West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, West Bend, WI, 1989
Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, 1988
The Ohio State University at Newark, Natural and Unnatural Environmental Visions, Newark, OH, 1988
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1987
Chinese National Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China, 1987
22 Wooster Gallery, New York City, 1986
State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1986
Hyde Park Art Center, Just Four, Chicago, IL, 1986
Illinois State Museum, Recent Acquisitions, Springfield, 1986
Galveston Arts Center, Three-Person Exhibition, Little Dramas, Galveston, TX, 1985
The Illinois State Museum, 37th Illinois Invitational, Springfield, IL, 1985
N.A.M.E. Gallery, The Shadow, Chicago, IL, 1985
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1984
Wright Museum, Beloit College, WI, 1984
Klein Gallery, Habitats, Chicago, IL, 1983
Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, 1983
Drawings by Michigan Artists, Six Michigan Museums, 1981-1982
Contemporary Cliche-Verre Prints, Four Michigan Museums, 1981-1982
Cliche-Verre: Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed, A Survey of the Medium from 1839 to the Present, 1980
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
J.P. Morgan, New York, NY
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Southeast Banking Corporation, Miami, FL
Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Herman Miller, Inc., Zeeland, MI
Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
First Federal Savings and Loan of Detroit
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Selected Grants, Honors and Awards
Ucross Foundation Residency, 2009
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, 2009
Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany, 2002
Henry Luce Foundation, 2001-2003
Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2001-2002
Pew Charitable Trust, 2000, 2002
Arts America Grant, USIA, Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, 1994
Art Village, Artist Residency, Nea Fokea, Greece, 1993
Fulbright, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, 1988-1989
Illinois Arts Council, Artist Fellowship, 1987
Yaddo Fellowship, 1985
Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, 1978
Selected Bibliography
L-aparicio, Isidro. Destilando Terriorios Comunes—Revealing Common Territories, Palacio Consistorial, Ayuntamiento de Cartagena, 2008
Ferris, Malcolm. “All The Things Between,” Art Map Magazine, China, July, 2008
Dalwood, Alison, and Ferris, Malcom. All the Things Between, Exhibition Catalog, Inter Art Center Gallery, Beijing, China, 2008.
Heinrich, Karl. “Galerie Stella A.,” Die Welt, November 24, 2006, p. 34.
Taylor, Larry M. “Flinging the Museum Guide Far Outside the Doctrinal Window,” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Review Essay, Reconstruction 5.1 (Winter 2005),
Holian, Sarah. Timothy Van Laar: Language and Pattern, Exhibition Catalog, The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI 2004.
Philbin, Gail. “Abstraction of the Familiar,” The Grand Rapids Press, June 20, 2004, B4.
Hassebroek, A. “Exhibit Invites View through Artist’s Eye,” Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 8, 2003
L. Kent Wolgamott. “A Radical Look,” Lincoln Journal Star, September 28, 2003
Hertzlieb, Gregg. “Timothy Van Laar: Shadow Pictures,” Valparaiso Poetry Review: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 4 (Fall/Winter 2002-2003). Illustrated
Elkins, James. “The Exact Moment of Relaxation: Paintings by Rosalyn Schwartz and Timothy van Laar." I-Space, Exhibition Catalog, Chicago, 2001
Heiney, Amy Braun. The Grand Rapids Press, November 14, 1999, Sec. F. p. 4
Krantz, Claire Wolf. “All Chicago: An Electronic Exhibit,” U-Turn E-Zine and Monograph Series, 1998
Spector, Buzz. “Natural Color Aerial Views: Timothy Van Laar’s Berlin Postcards,” Timothy Van Laar Post Card Series, exhibition catalog, Galerie Unwahr im Apparat, Berlin, October, 1997
Ticket, Berlin, Germany, November 1997, p. 28.
Hoffberg Judith. “Artist Book Reviews,” Umbrella, Vol. 19, No. 1, May 1996, p. 16
De Boer, Lisa, and Luttikhuizen. Henry. Words and Images, Calvin Collge Center Art Gallery, Exhibition
Catalog, 40 pp, 1995 (Color Illustration)
Macedonia, October, 9, 1994, p.2, Thessaloniki, Greece
Houghton, Jim. South Bend Tribune, April 29, 1993, Section D, p. 3, Illustrated
Richard, Paul. The Washington Post, June 13, 1987
Glatt, Clara. The Hyde Park Herald, February 19, 1986, Illustrated
Prokopoff, Stephen. Just Four, Exhibition Catalog, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago,
22 Wooster Gallery, New York City, 1986
Moehl, Karl. New Art Examiner, September, 1985, Illustrated
Hixson, Kathryn. New Art Examiner, June 1985, p. 50
Drum, Sydney. New Art Examiner, February, 1984
Artner, Alan. Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1983
Slowinski, Dolores. New Art Examiner, January, 1983
Symmes, Marilyn. Contemporary Cliche-Verre Prints, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1981
Colby, Joy Hakanson. The Detroit News, July 26, 1981
Symmes, Marilyn. Art News, March, 1981
Friedman, Penelope. New Art Examiner, December, 1980
Glassman, Elizabeth and Symmes, Marilyn. Cliche-Verre: Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed, A Survey of the Medium from 1839 to the Present, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1980
Who’s Who in American Art
Selected Publications and Conference Presentations
Book Chapter:  “Views of the Ordinary and Other Scenic Disappointments,” Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, ed. Jordana Mendelson and David Prochaska, Penn State University Press, in production
Catalog essay: The Substance of Images: The Paintings of Brigitte Riesebrodt, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2007
Catalog Essay:  The Form You Have That Instant Taken: the Paintings of Dianne Lauble, Galleria L’Isola, Trento, Italy, 2002 (English and Italian translation)
Paper:  “Art and the Ritual of Scandal,” plenary session, The 2001 Image Conference, Disturbing the Peace, University of Chicago, Nov. 10, 2001
Exhibition Review:  “Linda Vredeveld: Figurative Abstraction,” dialogue: voicing the arts, March/April, 2001, pp 45-46
Co-Authored Book:  Art with a Difference: Looking at Difficult and Unfamiliar Art, published in 2001 by Mayfield/McGraw-Hill, New York.  In collaboration with Leonard Diepeveen, Dalhousie University. 132 pp., 52 ill. (16 color)
Catalog Essay:  Macyn Bolt: Recent Work, Kim Foster Gallery, New York City, 2001
Exhibition Review:  “Cornelia Parker,” dialogue: voicing the arts, Sept/October, 2000, pp. 42-43
Exhibition Catalog Essay:  Ben Dallas, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, 2000
Exhibition Review:  “Harold Boyd,” dialogue: voicing the arts, November/December, 1999, p. 14
Exhibition Catalog Essay:  David Klamen, “Index, Icon, Horizon,” Richard Gray Gallery, New York, 1998
Co-Authored Book:  Active Sights: Art as Social Interaction, published in 1998 by Mayfield/McGraw-Hill, New York.  In collaboration with Leonard Diepeveen, Dalhousie University, 126 pp, 31 ill.
Artist Book:  Naming, 32 pp., 10 four-color pp., funded by a grant from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board, 1995.  Selected for distribution by Printed Matter, Inc., NY
Co-Authored Article:  “Getting the Big Picture: The Content of Art and the Education of Artists,” Art & Academe: A Journal for the Humanities and Sciences in the Education of Artists 4, No. 1, Fall 1991, pp. 1-14. Co-authored with Leonard Diepeveen, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Paper:  “Social Actions, Social Roles: A Framework for Discussing the Function of Artists in Society,” School of Visual Arts Fourth Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York City, October 26, 1990.
Article:  “Printmaking: Editions as Artworks,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education 14, no. 4, October 1980, pp. 97-102.
Selected Lectures, Presentations, Visiting Artist/Critic 
Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL 2008
Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2006
Electron, Breda, The Netherlands, 2006
Kunstfabrik Am Flutgraben, Berlin Germany, 2005
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 2003
California State University, Chico, CA 2003
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, 2002
Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, 2001
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 2001
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2001
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998
Athinaikos Kallitechnicosa Technologicos Omilos (AKTO), Athens, Greece, 1994
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 1993
Dundee University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland, 1989
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 1988
Founder’s Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, 1977
M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Professional Positions
Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, University of Illinois, 1981-present
Studio Division Chair, School of Art and Design, 2007-present
Assistant Director, School of Art and Design and Director of Graduate Studies, 2007-2008
Painting Program Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000-02, 2006-07
Coordinator of International Programs, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, 1989-2002
U.S Coordinator, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland, 1994-1999
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 1988-1989