Laura Scholl is a creative practitioner, technologist, educator, and maker. She was awarded a BFA in sculpture and computer graphics from UMass Amherst and an MSVS in Interactive Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.
She recently entered academia from industry as faculty in design and digital art. Her past experience makes her an atypical faculty member, who offers a unique blend of creative, technological, and global business savvy to her academic position.
She teaches courses in visual design and computational literacy. In her first year she extended the curricula to include open-source software libraries for creating graphic and interactive experiences. Currently she is integrating design thinking to empower students to take responsibility for their educational experience and make decisions about their budding individual practices.
Her industry experience includes media and entertainment, user experience, design thinking, writing, and product management. She is highly motivated with a reputation for grit, enthusiasm, and excellence. She is a quick study with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, knows how to make the most out of positive/negative feedback, and maintains a “can-do” attitude.
Laura’s evolving artworks are visual analogues to music that comprise sensed data, fiber optics, programmable LEDs, gesso, and precious metals; this work seamlessly integrates design, light, and code to evoke transcendent experiences. Her early artwork was exhibited at the Student Union Gallery, UMass Amherst ’80; inaugural SIGGRAPH ’81 art show, Dallas, Texas; the Library of Congress, Washington DC; and numerous university galleries. In 2016 her real-time, performative drawings accompanied Wichita State University’s Impulse Percussion Group. In 2017 her one-person show, ‘Resonate with stillness, experience light’ opened at the Steckline Gallery,Wichita, KS.
Laura believes in giving back. A leader by nature, she serves on the board of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Wichita Chapter as treasurer and on the board of directors of Art and Design Advocates at Wichita State University. Additional volunteer work includes Director of Women Who Code Wichita Network, where she leads study groups to empower women with skills in Python and R, Git Hub, Processing (Java and JavaSript), and machine learning. She was past Program Director of MakeICT Maker Academy, a STEAM initiative at Wichita’s makerspace.