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Laura Scholl

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Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Art
Division of Arts and Letters
316-942-4291 ext. 2338
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Office: DM175


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Miscellaneous Information:

creative practitioner • designer • technologist • educator • mentor • maker

Laura combines interdisciplinary art and engineering practice as a lens to examine the personal, cultural and spiritual. She asks questions…is curious…tests hunches…translates ideas into reality…applies these ideas and knowledge from one situation too another…researches and practices alone…recognizes the value of a team…listens, supports…attempts something outside of her comfort zone…sets herself challenges which stretch her abilities…

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MSVS, Master of Science Visual Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture (Cambridge, MA)

MSVS: Visual Studies, Media Lab, 1991 | Thesis: The Transitional Image Research: Visual perception, data visualization and user experience design


University of Massachusetts at Amherst, College of Fine Arts (Amherst, MA)

BFA: Fine Arts, cum laude, 1980 | Interdisciplinary Studio Art: 3D Design and Computer Graphics

Areas of Expertise:
  • Art and Technology
Research Interest:
  • Art
  • Design
  • Technology
Publications & Presentations:



Resonate with stillness, experience light, Steckline Gallery, Wichita, KS, March 31–April 25 2017 Flickering light, unto sleep I concede, performed live with the Impulse Percussion Group, WSU Miller Concert Hall, Wichita, KS, November 13 2016 Home to the immortals, fragments of paradise, performed live with the Impulse Percussion Group, WSU Miller Concert Hall, Wichita, KS, November 13 2016




CADRE ’84, computers in art and design, research and education, San Jose State University San Jose, CA, USA 1984 Homage to Mondrian, Film Short, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA 1983 Computer Culture ‘81, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1981 High Technology Art: A Congressional Exhibit, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA 1981 SIGGRAPH ’81 Art Show, Inaugural SIGGRAPH Art Show, Dallas, TX, USA 1981 Group Show, Student Union Gallery UMass, Amherst, MA, USA 1980




Charlotte’s Web, compositing/lighting artist 2006 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Oscar® nominated), lighting/compositing artist 2005 Garfield, lighting artist 2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, lighting artist 2004 Stuart Little 2, composting artist 2002 The Chubbchubbs! (Oscar winning animated film short), lighting artist 2002 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, look development and lighting lead 2001 Hollow Man (Oscar nominated), look development and lighting lead 2000 Dinosaur, lighting artist and digital effects technical director 2000 The Fifth Element, digital effects technical director 1997 Dante’s Peak, digital effects technical director 1997 CBS Election Graphics–Primary Elections, digital effects technical director 1988




“Cultivating mind•less•ness with real-time data,” Eyeo Festival 2018 Ignite Talk––Speaker, Minneapolis, MN, USA 2018 “Creative Design of the Wizarding Wrold: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Keynote––Literary Festival, Newman University, Wichita, KS, USA 2018 “Is technology for all? Addressing #MeToo and #TimesUp,” Featured Panelist, Information and Technology Summit 2018, UMass at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA 2018 “Resonate with stillness, experience light,” Art for Lunch Lecture Series, 2016–2017, Newman University, Wichita, KS, USA 2017 “Building Photorealistic Materials with Mental Mill and Iray,” Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, CA, USA 2011 “Platform-independent Shader Development with Mental Mill: The making of Dead Rising 2,” Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, CA, USA 2009 “Mental Mill & MetaSL: Advances in Cross-Platform Shader Authoring,” GTC (nVision 08), The World of Visual Computing, San Jose, CA, USA 2008 “Bringing Your CAD Models to Life: An Overview of Rendering Technologies,” COE 2008 Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair, Orlando, Florida, USA 2008 “Shader Development with Mental Mill and MetaSL,” FMX/08, Stuttgart, Germany 2008 “Visual Effects for Feature Film,” Fine Art Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA 2001 “Transparency and Blur as Selective Cues for Complex Visual Information,” SPIE, Society for Optical Engineering ’91, San Jose, CA, USA 1991 “Artificial Intelligence, Art and Design,” Conference Session Co-chair, NCGA Arts Conference ‘89/CADRE Institute, San Jose, CA, USA 1989 “Artificial Intelligence in the Arts,” Panelist, First International Symposium on Electronic Art (FISEA) ‘88, Utrecht, Netherlands 1988 “Design and Computer Graphics,” College of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA 1986 “Design Principles in Graphical User Interface Design,” IntelliCorp, Mountain View, CA, USA 1986 “Concepts of Graphical User Interface Design,” Art History Information Project, Getty Center, Santa Monica, CA, USA 1986 “Heuristic Rules for Visualization, ” IEEE Graphics Interface ‘85, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1985




“Interface Design Methods for Image Search,” Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs white paper 1996 “Transparency and Blur as Selective Cues for Complex Visual Information,” (with Colby, G.) Proceedings of the SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, Vol. 1460:114-125, August 1991 “Heuristic Rules for Visualization,” Computer-Generated Images: The State of the Art, Spring 1985 “Heuristic Rules for Visualization,” Proceedings of IEEE Graphics Interface ‘85, Montreal, Que 1985 “The MindSet Computer, ” Whole Earth Software Review, Issue #3, Fall 1984

Affiliations / Community Leadership:
  • Board of Directors, AIGA Wichita 2016
  • 18 Board of Directors, Wichita State University Art and Design Advocates 2014
  • 18 Director, Women Who Code, Wichita Network 2014
  • 18 DevICT, Level Up Mentor 2015
  • 18 Member, Wichita Professional Communicators 2013
  • 18 Past Program Director Maker Academy, MakeICT – Maker Space
  • STEAM activities 2016 - 17
Recognition & Awards:
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Award 1980

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