Lanecia A. Rouse is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Houston, TX and the owner of LAR Art Studio. Her portfolio includes a range of abstract painting, photography, teaching, writing, and speaking. Rouse’s work is deeply informed by her studies in sociology, theology, and culture and is the result of contemplative and intuitive abstract mixed-media practices. In her studio practices, Rouse explores the everyday quests humans undergo to make meaningful lives while grappling with fundamental questions about existence. She uses subtle manipulations of color, texture, materials, and form in her work, along with improvisation and play, to mirror the intricate layers and landscapes of both individual and communal memory and history. Rouse is the 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University, works as the Director for Justice and the Arts with projectCURATE, and is the Co-founding and Creative Director of the ImagiNoir Equity Group, an international alliance and equity group of black activists, artists, writers, scholars, philanthropists, and educators.