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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where Laura Nyman Montenegro studied from 1972 to 1973.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, United States
The University of New Mexico where Laura Nyman Montenegro received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts.
(Natalie, who likes to write poems but is too shy to recit...)
Natalie, who likes to write poems but is too shy to recite her poetry in front of others, goes to a poetry reading and discovers that a poem needs to be read out loud at just the right time.
Laura Nyman Montenegro attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1972 to 1973. Four years later, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico which was followed by a Master of Arts in 1980.
Laura Nyman Montenegro started her career in the early 1980s. From 1982 to 1985, she served as an artist in residence at the New Mexico Arts Council in Santa Fe. Two years after she left the post, Montenegro found a job at the Evanston campus of the National Louis University serving in the capacity of adjunct professor of poetry, illustration, and bookmaking for one year.
In 1988, the author became a children’s services library assistant at the Evanston Public Library. Trained as an artist, she also fulfilled the duties of graphic artist, storyteller, and muralist during the seven years she worked there.
It was this time when Montenegro tried her hand as a freelance artist, illustrator, and author. Her debut publication, a self-illustrated book for children, ‘One Stuck Drawer’, saw the print in 1991. Since then, Montenegro has written and illustrated three more books for young readers.
Laura Nyman Montenegro once stated that she trusted in “true democratic principles and an individual's responsibility to the community.”
"Picture books are the most extraordinary art form: the interweaving of words in poetic form with visual images. I love the problems involved in the creation of a picture book: the unfolding of a dramatic story through the relationship of words and pictures, the limitations in the form, and the truth that, within these limitations of few pages and very little text, one discovers a universe of variations in structure, timing, mood, and shadings of tone."
"That is what is so wonderful and compelling about this particular art form – picture books. In your life and in the many ordinary things you do each day are the seeds of thousands of stories. It is the transformation of these ordinary events into the extraordinary that is the magic of picture books."
Laura Nyman Montenegro is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Laura Nyman Montenegro married an artist Michael Montenegro on August 14, 1982. The family produced two children named Sonya Elena and Nina Maria.