Aside from being thrilled to be doing this project for the Randall's Island Sports Foundation, here is my official bio: Laura Kaufman has exhibited in New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, and was a 2011 participant in the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program. She also exhibited in the first AIM Biennial in 2011. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston. After earning her BA from Vassar College, she received the Weitzel-Barber Art Travel Prize, which afforded her the opportunity to photograph the temples and gardens of Kyoto. After then going on to live and teach in northern Japan, Kaufman retuned to the US to pursue her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was awarded the Sitings Installation at RISD Museum. After RISD, she served as the Head of School and Teacher Programs at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, where the Connecticut Art Education Association named her Museum Educator of the Year in 2008. She currently works from her studio in Beacon, New York.