Carol LaFayetteArtist, Educator, Cross-Disciplinary Collaboratorat Texas A&M University, Emeritus
Carol LaFayette uses digital technology to investigate flora, fauna, and phenomena in her laboratory/studio, a former ranch in Texas. Her work with leafcutting ants is documented in the PBS series “State of Tomorrow:” the first 3D model of a vast, underground Atta texana colony using Ground Penetrating Radar. LaFayette collaborates with scientists and engineers to invent ways to experience a landscape differently. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Microcinema International. She has exhibited interactive installations and video worldwide, including LAB ’11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Her work has screened on outdoor billboards in L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles, and at Victory Media Arts Plaza, Dallas. Reviews of her artwork have been published in BBC Technology News, Chronicle of Higher Education and Wired. In 2015 she was awarded the first Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, a cross-disciplinary program for art and science. From 2012 to 2021, she served as Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Applied Creativity. She received two Awards for Distinguished Teaching and the Thomas Regan Interdisciplinary Faculty Prize. From 2011 to 2013, she served as PI to form the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD), to support cross disciplinary collaboration, a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 1142510).