Laurel Pehmoeller

Visiting Assistant Professor

Digital Film/Video Production | Storrs

UConn Affiliations: Affiliated faculty, UConn Human Rights Film & Digital Media Initiative

Education: M.F.A. in Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut, 2020 
B.F.A. in Studio Art – Sculpture, University of Connecticut, 2016

Area of Research / Artistic Focus: Digital Film / Video Production, Filmmaking

Laurel Pehmoeller is a video artist and filmmaker from central Connecticut. Her work explores the varied ways in which the genres of moving image, from documentary to experimental, can overlap and intersect. Themes of feminism, the male gaze, and self-determination are the backbone of her traditional narrative work as well as her video art.

She is the recipient of several competitive awards, including the 2019 Marks Family Endowment Award, which supported the completion of her MFA thesis film, Late Shift. She has exhibited her work at venues and festivals throughout Connecticut, including the CT Nasty Women Exhibition (2017) at The Institute Library in New Haven, and the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival (2021) in Rhode Island.

Laurel earned her BFA in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut, studying sculpture while pursuing studies in video art, and also studied at the Institute of Palazzo Rucellai in Florence Italy. Her undergraduate work culminated in a performative video art series, titled Ladylike, which cemented her love for the art of filmmaking and performative video art. Laurel returned to the University of Connecticut to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Digital Media Design, in order to explore traditional filmmaking and storytelling.

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