Laurie Simmons is an artist, photographer and filmmaker known for her tableau imagery created with dolls and other props. After growing up in Far Rockaway, Queens, Simmons received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1971. She began taking photographs shortly after moving to New York two years later. In 1984, Simmons received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1997 was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Simmons has had solo exhibitions at P.S.1 in New York (1979), Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (1987), San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California (1990), the Baltimore Museum of Art (1997), and most recently the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth (2018). She has showed at the Whitney Biennial (1985 and 1991) and the Bienal de São Paulo (1985), among others.