Edward Laning was a draftsman and mural artist. His series The History of the Printed Word is installed at the New York Public Library at 42nd Street, New York City, and Building of the Transcontinental Railroad Mural, is in the Railroad Museum, Ogden, Utah. Laning was briefly a student of Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League, New York. They were lifelong colleagues and had studios on Union Square near friends Isabel Bishop, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Reginald Marsh, and Raphael Soyer. As a group they were the Fourteenth Street School.