Laurie Schmidt - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


I am located in a building that looks like a giant brick box, hence the name BrickBox Studios. Once you have parked through the gate in the back of the building, enter through the back door. You can also park on the street in front of the building and enter through the front door. There will be a volunteer who will direct you to my first floor studio space. I share this building with Heidi HeacockCory MitanMelanie StanleySusie Jordan and Todd Rector, so please also check them out!

Restrooms available
Yes, one on each floor of building

Handicap accessible
Yes, ramp at back door





Laurie Schmidt’s first career as a potter lasted more than 30 years. After studying with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota, she built her first solo studio and high-fire kiln near the University of Maryland. She was a founding member of the Torpedo Factory in 1973, a large cooperative of studios and galleries in Alexandria, VA. Laurie moved to Cincinnati in the mid ‘70s, where she established a cooperative art gallery with ten other artists. In 2003, Laurie attended The Ohio State University to study painting and printmaking. She was a member of Junctionview Studios for ten years and is a founding member of Brickbox Studios.


My paintings are done for purely aesthetic reasons. I have no philosophic, social or political agenda. Every painting is different from the last one. I sit down to paint usually with no idea, intention or plan of what I’m going to do. I start making marks, then scrape and blend until something I like appears.


I frequently encounter people who have many questions about abstract painting—I’ll be working through how I move from point A to B, C, D and so on.

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