Tom Lauerman (born Chicago, IL) works within the overlap of sculpture, craft, and design. His objects, drawings, and installations explore the emotional capacities of constructed spaces as a visual, tactile, and visceral experience. In the studio, Tom seeks to synthesize digital fabrication strategies and traditional craft techniques.
Tom resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Shannon Goff, and their daughter. Tom and Shannon both teach at Penn Sate University School of Visual Arts, where Tom is an Assistant Professor and current Area Head - Sculpture Studio.
Tom received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from SMU Meadows School of Art. His work has been exhibited widely including recent exhibitions in Berlin, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He has taken part in a number of Artist Residencies including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum in South Korea, the Kohler Arts/Industry residency, and Pilchuck Glass School. He is a recipient of the Horizon Award from the American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) in New York, and an Individual Artist Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Prior to his arrival at Penn State University in 2011, Tom taught at a number of institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and SMU Meadows School of Art.