Laurie VanBalen is a visual artist from central Ohio.
Her career in the arts includes commissions, book illustration, design, murals and theatre backdrops.

She is the director of Art Soup Studio, providing 35 years of creative workshops and programs in Central Ohio.

Laurie is also the founder and director of The Columbus Crossing Borders Project --
a traveling art exhibit and documentary film created to inspire understanding and compassion
for the millions of refugees in our world.

For information about The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, click here: