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.



  • 2019 Conformations, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (October)

  • 2018 Embodied Objects, Occurrence Gallery, Montréal, QC

  • 2017 Material Expressions, Curated by Sarah Sudhoff, Capsule Gallery, Houston, TX
    Manifest, Curated by Katherine Meehan, NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016 Raw Material (w/Gail Wight), Grizzly Grizzly, Curated by Talia Greene & Amy Hicks, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2015 (Re)Create Residency Award Exhibition (w/Ève K. Tremblay), Whitebox Art Center, New York, NY

  • 2014 Meta Static, Dose Projects Space, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2011 Reformulations, Curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY

  • 2009 Body Politic, West Gallery, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

  • 2008 Negative Space, Medicine Factory, Memphis, TN

  • 2007 Sympathetic Coordination, Curated by Lindsey Thieman, International Museum of Surgical Science Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2006 Delicate Structures, Innate Forces, Curated by Cynthia Pannucci, New York Hall of Science, New York, NY

  • 2005 Domesticated Viscera, Curated by Amy Stimmel, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

  • 2004 Disbursement and Accumulation, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Reflexive, Curated by Elliot Lessing, Build Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2003 Underneath, Curated by Eleanor Harwood, Adobe Bookshop, San Francisco, CA


  • 2019 The World Unseen: Intersections of Art & Science, David J. Sencer CDC Museum in association with The Smithsonian Institution, Atlanta, GA
    Stitching & Weaving in the Digital Age, Curated by Christine Duval, Currents 826, Santa Fe, NM
    Inaugural Exhibition, Curated by Daniela Holban & Kelly Schroer, Artfare, New York, NY
    Synthesis: Art and Nature in the Post-Digital Age, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA (Upcoming)

  • 2018 Material Turn, La Galerie FOFA, Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Mirror, Mirror, Curated by Anonda Bell, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
    Artworks and Experiences, Curated by Carol Parkinson, Harvestworks TEAM Lab, Governors Island, New York, NY

  • 2017 Kubépolis, Curated by Korinna Lindinger/Karla Spiluttini, Mz. Baltazar's Laboratory, Vienna, Austria
    Code as Form, Art House, Thoma Art Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

  • 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, Sweden
    Dissolving Views, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea

  • 2008 Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, Curators: Mara Holt Skov/Steven Skov Holt, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

  • 2007 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Curated by David Revere McFadden, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

  • 2006 Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age, Curated by Carrie McLaren, 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, Juried by Jerry Saltz, Arthouse, Austin, TX

  • 2003 Introductions South, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

  • 2002 Mystery Ball, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

  • 2001 Synesthesia, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA


  • 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


  • 2019 Digital Arts Fellowship, AS220, Providence, RI (Supported by an Art Works Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts)

  • 2018 Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Residency Program, New York, NY
    BioArt Residency, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA (Supported by the Knight Foundation)

  • 2017 Institute for Electronic Arts Residency, Alfred University, NY

  • 2016 subnetAIR at The Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg, Austria
    Researcher in Residence, IMRC/Department of New Media, University of Maine, Orono, ME

  • 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
    Smack Mellon Hot Picks Program

  • 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


  • 2019 Bioart Residency Project, Essay by Cindy Stockton-Moore, University City Science Center (with Integral Molecular & Esther Klein Gallery), Philadelphia, PA

  • 2018 Mirror, Mirror, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
    Material Turn, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, QC

  • 2017 Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes In A Digital Age, By Karen M'Closkey and Keith VanDerSys, Routledge

  • 2016 The Routledge Companion To Biology In Art & Architecture, Eds. Charissa N. Terranova & Meredith Tromble, "From Materiality to Machines" by Dorothy Santos
    Objects Of Wonder, Introductions by David Familian & Madeline Schwartzman, Beall Center for Art+Technology, Irvine, CA

  • 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

  • 2011 Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, Leanne Prain, Arsenal Pulp Press

  • 2010 Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, "Gender & Medical Tourism", University of Chicago Press, Winter 2010-11, Cover
    Specimen: Representing the Natural World, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, Newark, NJ

  • 2009 Handarbeta För En Bättre Värld, Jönköpings County Museum, Jönköping, Swed

  • 2008 Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, By Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt, Chronicle Books

  • 2007 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum for Art and Design, New York, NY
    Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Ed. Sherry Turkle, "Blue Cheer" by Gail Wight, The MIT Press

  • 2004 Public Library of Science Medicine Journal, November, Cover


  • Abatemarco, Michael, "Preserving old new media: Digital art from the Thoma Foundation", Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun 16, 2017

  • Glentzer, Molly, "Sculpture made with the blink of an eye: Laura Splan's "Manifest" pieces at Capsule Gallery are 3D reflections of her muscle movement", The Houston Chronicle, Jan 30, 2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Crutchfield, Whitney, "Laura Splan: Body of Evidence", Fiberarts, Jan 2009, p80

  • 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

  • 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

    NYU Langone Art Collection

  • Institute for Figuring

  • UC San Francisco, Infectious Disease Department

  • New York University Fales Library

  • Science Center

  • Private Collections


  • MFA Sculpture, Mills College, Oakland, CA

  • BA Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, CA