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.



© 2020 Stephen Lapthisophon


Steam (For Archie Shepp)
Conduit Gallery
On view January 9 - February 20, 2021

Exhibiting a new body of work from 2020.

Opening receptions with the artist by visit appointment:
Friday, January 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dallas Biennial 2020
PRP Dallas
October 24 - November 12, 2020

Curated by Michael Mazurek, Stephen Lapthisophon, and Jesse Morgan Barnett

Featuring works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pope.L, Dorothea Lange, Tala Madani, and Keith Walsh

Press: Dallas Morning News

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 David 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.