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 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 teaches in the Departments of Art and Art History, Surgery, and Anesthesia at Stanford. She remains active in blending art, education, and medicine while maintaining 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. Additionally, she has been a guest speaker at places like the Anderson Collection museum and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. 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.
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