Denison’s Studio Art program welcomes Elizabeth Leister presenting an artist talk.
Leister is a fine artist who works with digital media. Engaging a practice that includes video, performance and drawing, her work underscores our relationship to technology. Time and memory are key themes that are woven together often through the physical gesture of drawing as a performative act. How we individually and collectively experience the passing of time and connect to place are at the core of her recent work where travel, loss and absence are illuminated.
Her work has been presented at the Torrance Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, the Delaware Museum of Art, and the North Dakota Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, Art in General, Apex Art and P.S. 122 in New York; Portland Art Center in Oregon, Counterpath in Denver and Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica in addition to various artist run spaces.
Leister has performed at Beyond Baroque, Perform Chinatown, and LACE in Los Angeles. Her networked performances have been presented at the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries in Wales, the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Reno, Outpost Artists Resources in New York and in Low Lives 2 & 4 among other venues.
Leister has received awards from The Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Leeway Foundation of Philadelphia. She was awarded a 2014-2015 COLA Fellowship grant for from the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles.
Leister earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Tyler School of Art. She lives in Los Angeles, California.