Laura Scholl is an educator, technologist, artist, designer and DIYer. 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 pivoted from industry to tenure track faculty in graphic design and digital art. This combination makes her an atypical faculty member who offers a unique blend of creative, technological, and global business savvy.
As Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Art at Newman University, she teaches courses in "classical" design and computational design. In her first year she redesigned the curricula to create synergy between existing courses and the influence of computation. She is currently integrating Design Thinking into her curricula to empower students to take responsibility for their educational experience, learn how to set priorities, and make decisions.
Her professional experience is in digital media including interactive art, Design Thinking, writing, and visual effects for feature film. 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 negative feedback, and maintains a positive, “can-do” attitude.
Scholl's evolving art works incorporate code, interactive light, fiber optics, programmable LEDs, paint, gesso, and precious metals; 2D surfaces are transformed into interactive works that seamlessly integrate design, light, and technology. She exhibited her early computer graphics work at the inaugural SIGGRAPH '81 art show in Dallas, Texas, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and numerous university galleries. In 2016 her interactive drawings were performed with WSU's Impulse Percussion Group and in 2017 her one-person show was at the Steckline Gallery in Wichita, KS.
Scholl believes in giving back. A leader by nature, she serves on the board of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Wichita Chapter and on the board of directors of Art and Design Advocates at Wichita State University. Additional volunteer work includes Program Director of MakeICT Maker Academy, a STEAM initiative at Wichita’s makerspace, and Director of Women Who Code Wichita Network, where she leads study groups on Python, Git Hub and Processing to empower women.