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.



  • Master of Fine Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • Bachelor of Art, University of California, Irvine, CA


  • 2016 Grizzly Grizzly (w/Gail Wight), Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 Dose Projects Space, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011 Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
  • 2009 West Gallery, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
  • 2008 Medicine Factory Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • 2007 International Museum of Surgical Science Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2006 New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
  • 2005 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • 2004 Catharine Clark Gallery, Project Rooms, San Francisco, CA


  • 2016 Material Bodies, Curated by Anastasia Karpova Tinari, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL
    CODE and NOISE, Curated by Christine Duval, CURRENTS New Media Festival, El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe, NM
  • 2015 Objects of Wonder, Curated by Madeline Schwartzman & David Familian, Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA
    • TechNoBody, Curated by Patricia Miranda, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
  • 2014 What Lies Beneath, Curated by Julia Buntaine, SciArt Center, New York, NY
    • Emergence (Collaboration with Ariana Page Russell), Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013 Dear Diary: Update All, Curated by Jacqueline Shilkoff, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
    • Handicraft: Material & Symbolism, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum/Föhr, Germany
  • 2012 Past is Present: Contemporary Approaches to Historical Decorative Arts & Design, Columbus Museum, GA
    • Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit, Curated by Rickie Solinger, Traveled 2008-2012 to twelve museum venues around the U.S.
  • 2011 Extreme Materials 2, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
    • Shadowshop, (Artist Participant in project by Stephanie Syjuco), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
  • 2010 Even Better Than the Real Thing: The Art of the Uncanny, Curated by Jennifer Frias, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    • Beware of Embroidery, PM Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009 Craftwerk 2.0, Jönköpings County Museum, Jönköping, Sweden
    • Dissolving Views, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
  • 2008 Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, Curators: Mara Holt Skov/Steven Skov Holt, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
    • Specimen: Representing the Natural World, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, Newark, NJ
  • 2007 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
  • 2006 Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age, Art & Culture Center Of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
  • 2005 SubAnatomy, Curated by Chandra Cerrito, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA
  • 2004 New American Talent 19, Juror: Jerry Saltz, Arthouse, Austin, TX
  • 2003 Introductions South, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, C A
  • 2002 Mystery Ball, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
  • 2001 Synesthesia, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
  • 2000 Fabric, Objects & Art, Ladyfest, Arrowspace, Olympia, WA


  • 2014 Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • 2011 Watching Hands, David J. Sencer CDC Museum In Association with the Smithsonian Institution, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010 Unravelled, Preston Manor, Brighton & Hove, UK
  • 2009 Re/Formations, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • 2004 New Fangle, Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA


  • 2017 Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred NY (upcoming)
  • 2016 subnetAIR in collaboration with The Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg, Austria
    Researcher in Residence, IMRC/Department of New Media, University of Maine, Orono, ME
    Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, International Digital Art Competition, Juried by Nancy Meyer & Rex Bruce
  • 2015 SÍM Artist Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland
    • ACRE Artist Residency, Audio Visual Technology Lab, Steuben, WI
  • 2014 (Re)Create Artist Residency Award
  • 2012 Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT (Artist’s Grant)
  • 2011 Tofte Lake Center Emerging Artists Program, Ely, MN (Jerome Foundation Fellowship)
  • 2010 Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Woodstock, NY (Pollock–Krasner Fellowship)
  • 2008 Medicine Factory Artist Residency, Memphis, TN
  • 2007 Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant for Visual Arts
  • 2004 Kala Art Institute Artist Residency, Berkeley, CA (Fellowship Award)
  • 2003 Trillium Fund Grant
  • 2002 Herringer Prize for Excellence in Art
  • 2001 Eklind Fellowship Award
    • Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship Award


  • 2015 Splan, Laura, “Manifest: The Role of Science in the Studio”, Art Practical: Art, Science, & Wonder, Issue 7.2, Oct 29, 2015


  • 2016 The Routledge Companion To Biology In Art & Architecture, Edited by Charissa N. Terranova & Meredith Tromble, Featured in Dorothy Santos's essay From Materiality to Machines
  • 2015 Interalia Magazine, The Interalia Centre, UK
  • 2014 The Art of Tinkering, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012 Women's Studies Quarterly, "Viral", Volume 40, Numbers 1&2, Spring/Summer, CUNY Feminist Press
  • 2010 Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, "Gender & Medical Tourism", University of Chicago Press, Winter 2010-11, Cover
  • 2008 Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, By Skov Holt / Holt Skov, Chronicle Books
  • 2007 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum for Art and Design, New York, NY
  • 2004 Public Library of Science Medicine Journal, November, cover


  • Lopeman, Elizabeth, "Laura Splan: Manifest", Surface Design Journal, Summer 2016, pp22-27
  • Weideman, Paul, "All the pretty software: CODE and NOISE", Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun 10, 2016
  • Evans, Emily, “The Growth of Microbial Art”, Street Anatomy, May 16, 2016
  • Alterwitz, Linda, “Art + Science: Laura Splan”, Lenscratch: Fine Art Photography Daily, Feb 8, 2016
  • Guerber, Megan, “The Body Speaks Louder Than Words: Exploring the Impact of Laura Splan’s Host”, Art & Translation, Dec 22, 2015 
  • Lipson, Karin, "Islip Exhibition Explores How Science Influences Art", The New York Times, Oct 22, 2015
  • Quinn, Alana. "Objects of Wonder." Issues in Science and Technology, Vol 32, #1, Fall 2015
  • Bors, Sabin, "Virtually Real. Conversations On TechNoBody - Parts I & II", anti-utopias: Digital Art Series, Mar 5, 2015 / Feb 23, 2015
  • Horne, Rebecca, "Science and Culture: Dangerous doilies", PNAS, Aug 12, 2014, Vol 111, #32
  • Buntaine, Julia, "Straight Talk: Laura Splan", SciArt in America, Feb 2014
  • Schwendener, Martha, “From Private Repository to Public Forum”, The New York Times, Feb 7, 2014
  • Buntaine, Julia & Taylor, Ashley P., "On The Fringe: SciArt In New York", SciArt in America, Dec 2013
  • Miller, Leigh Anne, "Salvaging Digital Art at the New Museum", Art in America, Aug 12, 2013
  • Groeger, Lena, "Blood and lace: Laura Splan's artwork will make you look – twice", Scienceline, Jan 25, 2011
  • Angier, Natalie, "Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art Is Born", The New York Times, May 4, 2010, pD1
  • Lopeman, Elizabeth, "Domestic Subversion", American Craft Magazine, Dec 2009, Vol 69, #6, pp28-29
  • Crutchfield, Whitney, "Laura Splan: Body of Evidence", Fiberarts, Jan 2009, p80
  • McFarland, Paulina, "Interview with Laura Splan", Art XX Magazine, 2009, #2, pp40-45
  • Sood, Sheena, "Extreme Embroidery", Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Feb 2008
  • Coburn, Tyler, "Pretty on the Inside", Rhizome, Apr 30, 2008
  • Mestel, Rosie, "Medical Craft Madness", Los Angeles Times, Apr 2008
  • Camhi, Leslie, "Let's Get Stitched: A radical take on an old art, 'Pricked' needles the traditional craft of embroidery", Village Voice, Nov 20, 2007
  • Jackson, Julie, "From Prozac To Skin Peels", Craft, Vol 5, Nov 2007
  • Ornes, Stephen, "Art: Of Doilies and Disease", Discover Magazine, Feb 2007, pp66-67
  • Goe, Tara, "The Inside-Out Art of Laura Splan", Kitchen Sink, Vol 4, #1, 2006, pp71-75
  • Brownlee, John, "Laura Splan: Neuroanatomy in Blood", Wired, Nov 28, 2006
  • Berry, Colin, "SubAnatomy and Nathan Lynch", Artweek, Jul 2005, pp12-13
  • Buckner, Clark, "Meat Show", The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Dec 22-28, 2004, Vol. 39, #12
  • Cheng, DeWitt, "Introductions South at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art", Artweek, Oct 2003, Vol. 34, #8
  • Helfand, Glen, "Pet And Touch: Two digital artists bring the organic body onto the computer", SF Gate, Jul 2002

  • Thoma Art Foundation
  • Institute for Figuring
  • UC San Francisco, Infectious Disease Department
  • New York University Fales Library
  • Angela Missoni
  • William A. Haseltine
  • Marcia Tanner