Mia LaBerge

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Artist Mia LaBerge on stage at the Kennedy Center during ceremonial concert unveiling of the Madison Bluestone Steinway Art Case Piano which she painted.
LaBerge with Henry Z. Steinway at Steinway Hall during planning of the Madison Bluestone Steinway Art Case Piano.

Mia LaBerge (born 1967, Minneapolis[citation needed]) is an American artist who painted the first Steinway Art Case Piano created to honor a university.[1]


A distant descendant of the LaBerges after whom Lake Laberge was named, Minneapolis-born Laberge is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University and of James Madison University.[2] In 2006, LaBerge was commissioned to paint the Madison Bluestone Art Case Piano which celebrates the hundredth anniversary of James Madison University [3] and also recognizes its status as Virginia’s first All-Steinway Music School.[4]

The Madison Bluestone was among the last Art Case pianos with which Henry Z. Steinway (1915–2008), the National Medal of Arts winner and last of the long line of Steinway family members to be president of Steinway & Sons, had direct involvement. The piano was exhibited in the rotunda of New York City's Steinway Hall and was ceremonially unveiled on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington,DC.[5] Steinway kept LaBerge unofficially "on call" to paint scenic music stands for the company's Madison Century series of limited-edition pianos.[6]

Circa 1990–2005, LaBerge's oil paintings were primarily realistic or painterly-realistic. Her art work from 2006 and later became ever more abstract—finally moving toward nonobjective subject matter.[7] Her paintings have appeared in the coffee table book Virginia's Cattle Story : The First 400 Years (ISBN 0975274511) and on the cover of youth textbook All About You : A Course in Character for Teens (ISBN 0-9710966-0-0) .[6] At least one LaBerge painting is in the collection of former US President Jimmy Carter.[6][8]


  1. ^ Robinson, Michael A., "James Madison University Gets a Unique Art Case Steinway", Steinway & Sons (Magazine), Summer 2007, pp. 56–57
  2. ^ Mia LaBerge, Artist Harrisonburg Va. Labergeart.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
  3. ^ Madison (magazine), Summer 2007, p. 22
  4. ^ Bowser, Heather, "A Grand Work of Art : One-of-a-Kind Piano Comes to JMU Campus", Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg,VA) Tu 21 Aug 2007
  5. ^ "The Madison Bluestone Steinway", The Kennedy Center Playbill, April 2007
  6. ^ a b c Artist Mia LaBerge. Press Clippings. News Coverage. Artandjunk.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-17. Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Artist Mia LaBerge. Stylistic Range. Artandjunk.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-17. Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Carter, Jimmy, Letter to Artist Mia LaBerge, 14 Feb 2008

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