Lauren Brescia

Visual Merchandiser

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Lauren Brescia is a Chicago-based Mixed Media Artist, Prop/Floral Stylist, and Visual Merchandiser. She has over 10 years of experience in all facets of the creative industry, including art handling, sales, consulting and curation, as well as designing, fabricating, and installing custom work. She possesses a strong sense of the 3D form and a passion for styling and art direction, with color and composition as the driving force. Lauren has a B.F.A. in sculpture, along with a dabbling of industrial design expertise from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Chicago and New York, and her work has been featured on ABC 7 News, Time Out Chicago, The RedEye, The Jealous Curator, HuffPost, New York Magazine, Cool Hunting, Fusion, MTV News, Brit + Co., and Vice. Lauren’s experience creating sculptural art installations and her formative years spent performing in dance, have greatly informed her work as a prop stylist and visual merchandiser, giving her designs a whimsical feel with a twist of theatrical drama.

 

Career Highlights:

  • Visual Merchandiser for Lord & Taylor Storewide Renovation
  • Floral and Prop Stylist for Uncorked, Bottles & Barrels
  • Prop Food Stylist for Havas Worldwide, Bertolli Rustic Cut Shoot
  • Event Producer/ Designer and Floral Stylist for the 2017 Holiday Décor / Staff Holiday Party, Public Hotel
  • Event Producer/ Designer and Floral Stylist, Halloween and Holiday Décor, Cindy’s Rooftop & Chicago Athletic Association
  • Assistant Prop Stylist for Nuveen Investments, Commercial Shoot

Experience:

Visual Merchandiser 

ZenGenius, Inc. 

 

Freelance Prop Stylist 

Self-Employed

  • Create visually interesting displays with props, floral, and food, that are cohesive with the client’s aesthetic and branding for print and digital media
  • Infusing artistic background and sensibility to create custom surfaces or props for shoots 

Sales and Event Producer/ Designer 

Fragrant Design

  • Wedding & Event Stylist 
  • Ashland Addison Floral & Event Décor 
  • Consulted with clients to concept the overall look and theme for their wedding or event
  • Created custom floral arrangements 
  • Sourced and/or designed unique décor 
  • Installed site-specific installations at numerous venues throughout the city and surrounding Chicago area

Independent Artist

Self-Employed 

 

Private Event Manager/ Art Consultant

Jackson Junge Gallery

  • Created original 2D and 3D works, performance pieces, and site-specific installations in various mediums
  • Curated shows, including a three-month long solo pop-up gallery in downtown Chicago 
  • Installed displays and merchandised gallery windows 
  • Organized and hosted public events to help publicize exhibitions in coordination with media outlets
  • Managed gallery spaces, promoted sales, interviewed and hired gallery sitters
  • Packed and shipped art internationally