Laura Wheeler Waring (May 16, 1887 – February 3, 1948) was an African American artist and educator, best known for her paintings of prominent African Americans produced during the Harlem Renaissance.
Early years 
Laura Wheeler was born May 16, 1887 in Hartford, Connecticut, the fourth child of six born to Mary and Reverend Robert Foster Wheeler; she graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1906 and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating in 1914.
Waring worked at Cheyney Training School for Teachers in Philadelphia, establishing art and music programs, which she directed for over thirty years.
Her paintings began to draw attention during a 1924 European trip in which she was accompanied by novelist Jessie Redmon Fauset; Back home, Waring was among the artists displayed in the country's first art exhibit dedicated to African American art, held in 1927 by the William E. Harmon Foundation. Her work was soon displayed in American galleries including the Corcoran Gallery and museums such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Personal life 
Laura Wheeler married Walter E. Waring, a Lincoln University professor in 1927.
On February 3, 1948, Waring died in her Philadelphia home after a long illness.
Examples of Waring's portraits