Lori has exhibited with many respected organizations including but not limited to the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, and the American Impressionists Society. Additionally, both Lori’s plein air and studio paintings have received awards too numerous to count. Some of her more recent accolades have come from the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, The American Impressionist’s Society, the Oil Painters of America, All Along the Sierra Exhibition, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and the Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational. In 2021 she took home the $15,000 Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards from Plein air Salon.
Museums have also honored and acknowledged Putnam’s work through awards, exhibitions, or invitations to lecture. The Tucson Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Irvine Museum in California, The Hockaday Museum in Montana, The Custom’s House Museum in Tennessee, The Brinton Museum in Wyoming, The Academy Art Museum in Maryland, and the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia are just a few in a continually growing list.
When not traveling to paint, teach, or lecture, Putnam works in her studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.