Lauren Alyssa Howard was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Alabama. After moving to the Metro-Atlanta area in 1996, she attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Drawing. Drawing from her rural upbringing, Howard uses references from a particular lower-middle working class history to address identity, gender, and place. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has most recently been shown in the Tampa Museum of Art, Aljira Fine Art Center, and The Contemporary Art Museum of Tampa. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY after having received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida.