This website features a number of projects that I’ve pursued over the last twenty years. Some of these projects were commissioned as artworks, others were collaborations with colleagues working on museum projects or public space installations.

I currently work as the Founding Director of the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces, an initiative dedicated to introducing informal, inquiry-based learning into the public realm.

Working closely with city agencies and community groups, we create public spaces that enable a formative culture, where new ideas, strategies, and visions emerge from the people that flow through them.

My personal works are profoundly influenced by the vast landscapes of Eastern Nevada where I maintain a studio, a 1928 movie theater, and a plot of land fertile with pinion pine and dreams.
— Shawn Lani


Professional Positions

Founding Director, Studio for Public Spaces, The Exploratorium, 2013-Present
Curator of Outdoor Works, Exploratorium 2009-2013
Senior Artist, Exploratorium 2005-2009
Senior Exhibit Developer, Exploratorium 1995-2005

Selected Museum Installations

The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
American Museum of Natural History, NY, USA
Technorama, Winterthur Switzerland
New York Hall of Science, NY, USA
Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw, Poland
London Science Museum, London, England
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA, USA
London Museum of Natural History, London, England
Singapore Science Center
Magna Science Center, Sourth Yorkshire, England
Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History, Ft. Worth, Tx, USA
Sasayama Children's Museum, Sasayama, Japan
Exploradome, Paris, France
Palace of Miracles, Budapest, Hungary 
Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA, USA
El Sol Del Nino, Mexicali, MexiTurbulent Landscapes, ASTC Touring Exhibition
Science Works, Ashland, OR, USA
Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, New York
Experimentarium, Hellerup, Denmark
Phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany
Ciencia Viva, Vila do Conde, Lisboa, Portugal
Sci-Quest, Huntsville, AL, USA
Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, USA
Trompo Magico, Jalisco, Mexico
Planetary Landscapes Touring Exhibition
The Bernard Bloomfield, Science Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Rochester Museum of Science Rochester, NY, USA
Root One, Seoul, Korea
Hauptbahnhof Train Station, Zurich, Switzerland
SOMA Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
University of Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA

Partnerships and Exchanges

2005: University of Chicago Residency with Charles Sowers: Dr. Sidney Nagel and Dr. Heinrich Jaeger: Soft Condensed Matter Material Scientists

2004: University of California at Berkeley: Professor Mark Stacy, Hydrologist

2004: IPAM Exchange. Landesmuseum, St. Polten, Austria

2004: Lead, Exhibit Development Workshop. Exploratorium, San Francisco

2003: Lead, Exhibit Development Workshop. Exploratorium, San Francisco

2004: Development Residency: Rochester Museum of Science, Rochester, NY

2002: Lead, Exhibit Development Workshop. Exploratorium, San Francisco

2001: Artist in Residence, Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland

1999: IPAM Exchange. Palace of Miracles, Budapest, Hungary


January, 2006: Reconsidered Materials, The Exploratorium, San Francisco. Charles Sowers and Mark Fisher collaboratives.

November, 2005: "Icy Bodies" installed: Technorama, Suisse

January, 2004: ExNet Exhibition, American Museum of Natural History, New York

2003-present: Planetary Landscapes: Currently touring internationally

2003: Phreatophyte, "Water in a New Way" exhibition and public forum: SomArts Gallery, San Francisco Sponsored by the L.A. Municipal Water District

2001: Magnetism, Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland
Remo Besio, Director

2000: Water Towers, East and West
Outdoor public art sculpture: Collaboration with Eric Dimond and Gary Strang, Landscape Architect
Project Architect: David Baker and Associates

2000: Planetary Landscapes, Chabot Planetarium, Oakland, Ca
Ned Kahn, Michael Reynolds, curators

1998: Nothing But Time, Southern Exposure juried exhibition, San Francisco
David Ross, Director of SFMOMA, Curator

1998-present: Turbulent Landscapes. Currently touring internationally

1997: Turbulent Landscapes, the Exploratorium, San Francisco
Peter Richards, Curator


BA English, BA Art History, 1991 University of California at Davis
MA, Museum Studies, John F. Kennedy University, 1995