Laura Purdy

Laura Purdy is the Senior Media Producer of Exhibitions at The Autry Museum. She has created multi-media for more than 13 exhibitions and was part of the in-house team that designed the groundbreaking California Continued exhibition that marks the most significant renovation to the museum since the organization’s founding in 1988. Through immersive storytelling and nearly 20,000 square feet of gallery and garden spaces, this exhibition shares how traditional ecological knowledge gained through centuries of experience can help present-day residents understand and care for the California environment.rnrnTo extend California Continued’s digital content beyond the gallery walls, in 2016 Purdy initiated the multi-media collaboration with Southern California’s local public broadcasting station, KCETLink. This unprecedented partnership for the museum resulted in: gallery media; an online series, which consists of short docs, articles, a discussion module, 1-minute social media videos; and a television broadcast of a one-hour long documentary. The reach has far exceeded expectations to include, just since its October 2016 opening, over 1.2 million national viewers and over 500,000 social media impressions. rnrnIn 2015 her interactive media applications for Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork garnered The Autry the 2014 Silver Medal MUSE award for Video, Film and Computer Animation, one of the highest recognitions, internationally, for outstanding achievement in digital media in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums.rnrnMs. Purdy's background stems from experimental film and video. Her personal films have screened in the U.S. and internationally at festivals and museums such as the Getty, MOCA, and Otis Gallery, Peru, Mexico, Spain, and Austria. Her film Pi was nominated for a Student Academy Award and received a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Film Festival.rnrnWhile producing her own films, Ms. Purdy was the Post-Production Supervisor and Assistant Avid Editor at Moriah Films, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Academy Award-winning documentary film division. rnrnFollowing her time at Moriah Films, Ms. Purdy was the Executive Producer of interactive design, videos and applications for the museum The Cell -- The Center for Empowered Living and Learning - which opened its doors in 2009 at the downtown Denver Arts Complex. rnrnMs. Purdy received her B.A. in English with a minor in Sociology from Indiana University and M.F.A. in Cinema Production at San Francisco State University.rn