Lectures & Teaching

Laura Splan's work interrogates the material manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. Her conceptually based projects employ a range of traditional and digital techniques. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and digital fabrication.

Visiting Artist & Lecturer


  • 2017 Bits & Pieces: Material Epistemologies & Digital Fabrication, Digital Fabrication Symposium
    Presented by the College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas, Denton, TX


  • 2017 LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), Curated by Ellen K. Levy & Patricia Olynyk, New York, NY (Artist Talk)
    Material Turn Symposium, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Artist Talk: Undo/Redo—Material Expressions of Embodied Constructs)
    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, University of New Haven, Old Lyme, CT (Lecture/Undergraduate Studio Critiques)
  • 2016 University of Maine, IMRC/Dept. of New Media, Orono, ME (Lecture: Material Expressions)
    Creative Tech Week, New York, NY (Artist Talk: Fabricated Bodies: Materializing the Biotechnological Imagination)
  • 2015 Illinois State University, Normal, IL (Lecture/Graduate & Undergraduate Studio Critiques) 
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques) 
    Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, Department of Art, (Lecture: (Re)Materializing the Biological Imagination)
  • 2014 Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, Visual Arts Department, Ceramics Studio (Lecture: Distillations)
  • 2013 Science on Tap, Co-Hosted by The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Lecture: Domesticated Viscera)
    SUNY Fredonia, NY (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art)
  • 2012 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (Graduate Studio Critiques/Lecture: Material Thought)
    Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)
  • 2011 San Francisco State University / Co-Presented by KQED, San Francisco, CA (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)
  • 2009 Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Body Politic)
  • 2008 Rhodes College, Memphis, TN (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Reflexive)
  • 2007 California College of Art, Textiles Department, Oakland, CA (Lecture)
  • 2006 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)
  • 2005 CSSSA, Art and Culture Lecture Series, Cal Arts, Valencia, CA (Lecture)
    San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Lecture)
  • 2004 Exploratorium, Brown Bag Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA,  (Lecture)
  • 2003 SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (Artist Talk w/Philip Ross)
  • 2002 California State University, Hayward, CA (Lecture)

  • 2018 Material Turn Symposium, Moderated by Barbara Layne, Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Panelist/Presenter
  • 2017 Entangling Art & Biology: Bioart & Beyond, Roundtable Moderated by Meredith Tromble, College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, Panelist/Presenter
  • 2015 TechNoBody, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY, Moderated by Patricia Miranda, Panelist
  • 2014 Comrade Truebridge, Transdisciplinary workgroup curated by Quintan Ana Wikswo, Sponsored by Creative Capital & New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, Participant
  • 2013 Women Artists and the Body, Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn, NY, Panelist/Presenter
  • 2012 SciFoo: Dancing With DNA, Painting With Blood (w/Scott Snibbe), Googleplex, Mountain View, CA, Organized by Digital Science, O’Reilly Media & Google, Support from Nature, Panelist/Presenter
  • 2011 Biohumanities: BioArt, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Presenter/Discussant
  • 2010 Dead or Alive: Intersections of Art & Science, Museum for Art & Design, New York, NY, Panelist
  • 2009 Re/Formations, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Panelist
  • 2008 Biology as Master Metaphor: Mara Holt Skov’s/Steven Skov Holt’s Seminar, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA , Presenter/Discussant
  • 2007 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum for Art & Design, New York, NY, Panelist
    Rendering the Invisible, Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY, Presenter/Panelist
  • 2005 Carnal Knowledge, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA, Panelist
  • 2002 Feminist Art & Activism, Ladyfest, Spring Tower, Los Angeles, CA, Panelist


  • "#FiftyQuestions with Laura Splan", Interview Questions by Quintan Ana Wikswo, Some Serious Business, August 2017
  • "Laura Splan and Gail Wight: Raw Material: In Conversation with Curator Angela McQuillan", Speak Speak, Sep 2016
  • Laura Splan, “Manifest: The Role of Science in the Studio”, Art Practical: Art, Science, & Wonder, Issue 7.2, Oct 29, 2015
  • "Laura Splan and Liss LaFleur: In Conversation: Digital Fabrication in the Studio", DFR Blog, Jul 2015
  • "Straight Talk: Interview with Laura Splan by Julia Buntaine, SciArt in America, Feb 2014


  • Stanford University, Art & Art History Department, Palo Alto, CA
  • University of Maine, Department of New Media, Orono, ME
  • Illinois State University, College of Fine Arts, Normal, IL
  • Marymount Manhattan College, Department of Art, New York, NY
  • SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design, Purchase, NY
  • Mills College, Intermedia Arts Department, Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco Art Institute, School of Studio Practice, San Francisco, CA
  • California College of Art, Fine Arts Department, San Francisco, CA

  • 2017 Interactive Media Studio, with Professor Barbara Lattanzi, School of Art and Design, Alfred University, NY (in Institute for Electronic Arts studio)
  • 2016 Interim Semester Seminar, with Professor Marni Shindelman, School of Art, University of Georgia
    New Media Art, with Professor Liss LaFleur,  Department of Studio Art, University of North Texas
  • 2010 Graduate Seminar, with Professor Lewis deSoto, Art Department, San Francisco State University

  • Brooklyn Museum Feminist Art Base
  • SciArt Center
  • Creative Tech Week
  • Rhizome
  • Creative Applications Network

 Visiting school in the studio (Brooklyn, NY)  Interim Semester Seminar  w/Prof. Shindelman University of Georgia,  School of Art,  2016

Visiting school in the studio (Brooklyn, NY)
Interim Semester Seminar w/Prof. Shindelman
University of Georgia, School of Art, 2016

 Visiting Artist/Lecturer At Normal Editions Workshop with master printers Veda Rives & Morgan Price Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2015

Visiting Artist/Lecturer
At Normal Editions Workshop
with master printers Veda Rives & Morgan Price
Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2015

  Digital Fabrication Residency   Livestreamed Speaker Series, 2015

Digital Fabrication Residency
Livestreamed Speaker Series, 2015

 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM Visiting Artist Lecture, 2012

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM Visiting Artist Lecture, 2012