Rejecting the notion that humanity is the opponent of nature, Jami Porter Lara is a conceptual artist whose approach to making remains deeply tied to her concern with cultural inheritances and with becoming an ethical member of the the natural world. Named by Artsy one of 20 artists shaping the future of ceramics, Jami has been featured in Art 21 Magazine, CFile, American Art Collector, and on PBS. In 2018 she was a fellow at Yaddo and at the Tamarind Institute. Recent exhibitions include the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM, the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. While at MacDowell Jami performed research for a new body of work that interrogates the roles of mothering and the domestic sphere in the reproduction of white dominance. She also completed the design for a series of sculptures that will be permanently installed in 2019 at the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico. Early works from the series, which contemplates the porous nature of borders as well as the nature of art and garbage, were featured in her 2017 solo exhibition, “Border Crossing,” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.