photo: Elizabeth Lavin
Stephen Lapthisophon (b. 1956) is an American artist, writer, and educator working in the field of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies. Lapthisophon received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His studies continued at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in the Department of Comparative Literature and Theory from 1986-1989. His early work combined poetry, performance, sound art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. Influences include Arte Povera, Robert Smithson and the legacy of the Situationists, who sought to make everyday life a focus of artistic activity.

In 1994 he suffered a major deterioration of his vision due to an neurological malady, and became legally blind after intensive medical treatment. His subsequent work as an installation artist and art theorist has been marked by this experience.

In his most recent work, Lapthisophon incorporates everyday objects as a means of breaking down the barriers between his art and daily life. His use of found objects such as string, cloth, leaves, or egg shells, as well as food materials including coffee, cinnamon, or saffron, challenges our ideas of permanence and process as they relate to art making. In doing so, he exalts the everyday and attempts to slow time in order to look longer and unpack hard-to-find meanings and forgotten histories.

He has exhibited extensively across the United States as well as internationally in exhibitions in Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Selected museum exhibitions include the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Museo de la Ciudad Queretaro, Mexico.

He lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas.




© 2019 Stephen Lapthisophon


Paintings of Michelle’s Paintings
PRP Dallas - Virtual Exhibition Benefitting Artists + Healthcare Workers
Launches May 15, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Inspired by Michelle Rawlings’ version of Pablo Picasso’s Lying Woman, invited artists were asked to make a copy of a Michelle Rawlings’ painting. Michelle is an admired friend and generously agreed to be the subject of the show. Each painting will be reasonably priced at $250 with proceeds split equally with the artist and, an organization working to build a national, centralized platform to enable communities to get Personal Protective Equipment to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about their mission can be found at:

Paintings of Michelle’s Paintings will be on view at on May 15th.

Featuring: Jesse Morgan Barnett, James Buss, Kerry Butcher, Jake Elliot, Oshay Green, Kevin Ruben Jacobs, Travis Lamothe, Stephen Lapthisophon, Leslie Martinez, Michael Mazurek, Reagan Mazurek, Shelby Meier, Greg Meza, Jessie Alexandra Moncrief, Hector Ramirez, Ryder Richards, Greg Ruppe, Brandon Thompson, Zeke Williams, Paul Winker, and Michael Wynne 

Culture Hole TV - Episode One: HUGS
April 15, 2020

Hosted by a Mop and a Dream Body named Greg (Ruppe) and Jeff (Gibbons), Episode One: HUGS features the works of Abby Bagby (Dallas), Jesse Morgan Barnett (Fort Worth), Nino Baumgartner (Bern, Switzerland), Sally Glass (Los Angeles), Daisuke Kuroda, (Hiroshima, Japan), Stephen Lapthisophon (Dallas), Kris Pierce (Fort Worth), and Lily Rutledge (Plano), as well as contributions from Sofia Bastidas (Dallas), Shelby David Meier (Gibbons’ and Ruppe’s Dallas studio mate); and a special appearance from Culture Hole collaborator Danny Skinner in Oakland, CA.

Seeing with the Brain: Artists and Visual Impairment
Nasher Sculpture Center - Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

This series presents the stories of artists who creatively respond to mental and physical health issues through their artwork. By creating dialogue between experts in the discipline of art and those in the field of medicine and health, these programs offer the opportunity to better understand the mind, the body and the resilience of people facing incredible challenges.

Open to the public. FREE for Nasher Members. FREE for Students with ID. $10 for Non-Members. Click to register.

214 Projects - Dallas, Texas
September 28th – October 5th, 2019
Opening reception: Sept. 28th from 6:00-9:00 PM with remarks at 7:45 PM and performances at 8:00 PM

Join us for the first pop-up exhibition at 214 Projects, FREE DICK HIGGINS, a sideways glance at the polymath artist, writer & publisher as seen through a modest selection of his publications, ephemera and performances.

We will also be celebrating the recent release of Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins published by Siglio Press in 2018. This “survey of Higgin’s theoretical writings throughout his prolific career” also features facsimile editions of texts, ephemera and a Something Else Press publication checklist that he described as “love letters to the future.” This book and a few selected Something Else Press reprints will be for sale during the exhibition.

The opening reception will be interrupted with brief remarks by curator Brandon Kennedy and performances of selections of from Higgin’s acclaimed Danger Music by actors/artists including August Kennedy, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Kevin Rubén Jacobs, Stephen Lapthisophon, Michael Mazurek and others.

May You Survive in Interesting Times
SP/N Gallery, University of Texas at Dallas
September 20 - October 19, 2019

UTD’s SP/N Gallery presents an exhibition of artists’ installations that move beyond the perceived curse of ‘living in these interesting times’ to one of ‘surviving in these interesting times’. Through their creative propositions these artists present an array of alternative perspectives to experiencing ‘these interesting times’, often in exception to the categorical thinking of ’fake news’ rhetoric proliferating the media. Curated by Greg Metz.

This exhibition features the following creatives working in the field of installation based inquiry: