Graduate Teaching Assistant
Education: M.F.A. in Digital Media & Design, 2020
B.F.A. in Studio Art – Sculpture, University of Connecticut, 2016
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Work: https://benton.uconn.edu/mfa-2020/mfa-2020-dmd/laurel-pehmoeller/
Area of Research / Artistic Focus: Digital Film / Video Production, Filmmaking
Laurel Pehmoeller is a video artist and filmmaker from central Connecticut, and her MFA Thesis film, Late Shift, was her directorial debut in traditional narrative filmmaking. Laurel is the recipient of several competitive awards, including the 2019 Marks Family Endowment Award, which supported the completion of her MFA thesis film. She has exhibited her work in venues throughout Connecticut, including the Studio116: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists, at MAC650 Gallery in Middletown and the CT Nasty Women Exhibition at The Institute Library in New Haven, both in 2017. She earned her BFA in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut, studying sculpture while simultaneously 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. Laurel returned to the University of Connecticut to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree, this time in the Department of Digital Media Design, in order to hone her technical skills as both a filmmaker and storyteller. She chose to use her time at UConn to explore traditional filmmaking techniques with a strong belief in the phrase; “In order to break the rules you must first master them.” Laurel intends to continue exploring the art of filmmaking in its many applications and genres throughout her career.