Lana Z Caplan

Lana Z Caplan works across various media, including single-channel films or videos in essay form, interactive installations, video art, and photography. Her works are inspired by particular locations and sub-cultural notions of utopia – where one person’s utopia is often another’s undoing.

Her work has an international exhibition record and has been recognized by grants and awards at various exhibitions and festivals. Her work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as ARTnews, Los Angeles Times,, and The Boston Globe. She published a monograph of her photographic series Postcards from the HangingSites of Public Executions in conjunction with two solo exhibitions titled Watch This at Gallery NAGA (Boston) and the Danforth Museum (MA) in 2007. Caplan is also the recipient of several grants including from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Film/Video Studio Program Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. 

Caplan earned her BA and BS from Boston University, her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is currently the Area Head of the Photography/Video concentration at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Caplan’s work is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston. 

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Lana Z Caplan

Professor Photography and Video
Phone: 805.756.1562
Office: 34 - 142


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