Lauren A. Toomer is a figurative artist who creates artwork inspired by the human body. Graphite drawing serves as Toomer’s home medium, while she also rigorously explores painting and sculptural projects. Her uninhibited and traditional approach to art-making encouraged Toomer to study art and anatomy while obtaining her MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University. She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, summa cum laude. Toomer was also the recipient of the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Fellowship from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Drawing of Excellence Award.
Presently, Toomer has joint lecturing appointments in the Departments of Art and Art History, Surgery, and Anesthesiology at Stanford. She remains committed to advancing the field of medical humanities and art through building curriculum, courses, and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Toomer also maintains a dedicated studio practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Artworks created by Toomer are on permanent display at Fair Oaks Health Center and the Kaiser Permanente boardroom in California.
Some of her speaking engagements have included the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery. Highlights of Toomer’s exhibition history include the director’s offices at SFMOMA, Art on Paper Miami, San Jose Tech Museum, the Annual Global Fund for Women Benefit, and SCOPE NY. A newly completed sculpture (Renewal, 2020) was commissioned and made using the bricks of Stanford’s original anatomy building. Renewal is installed at Stanford’s Center for Clinical Sciences Research courtyard.
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