Artist Statement - 2016

Through my latest multidisciplinary work I explore the ways in which our senses alter our experience and perception of the world. I’m interested in how we use the intersection of our senses to communicate, and I approach this as an individual who is medically, although not culturally, deaf. My long, slow progression into deafness started when I was six years old and culminated in 2003, when I decided to undergo a cochlear implant surgery, which carved away some of my skull bone and muscle and placed a bionic computer-ear into the smallest crevices beyond my eardrum. I find that my definitions of “language” and “communication” are continuously shifting and are directly tied to my own ability to navigate these concepts with my disability. 


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EDUCATION

2019 MFA Canditate - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 

2006 B.A. Fine Art - University of Minnesota 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019     Snow College Art Gallery, Ephraim UT (upcoming) 

The Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND (upcoming) 

2018      Captioned. Granary Arts, Ephraim UT

              Symposium on Sensory Loss and Art. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN

2017      Interference. Soo VAC, Minneapolis MN

2015      Meridians. Public Functionary, Minneapolis MN

2014      Elements Unheard. MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids MN

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS & EVENTS

2019      The Other Four. The Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND (upcoming)

2018     Lease Agreement (screening). Huntsville TX

Symposium on Sensory Loss and Art. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN

  A Place for Us. Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago IL (curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari)

            The Film & Video Poetry Society (screening). Los Angeles CA

              Humanly Possible. Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee WI 

2017     Twentieth International Opening Exhibition. Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL 

             Society for Photographic Education, Northwest Conference (screening). Portland OR

             Between the Sky & the Earth. Roots & Culture, Chicago IL (curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera)

2016     Michael Dandley / Liza Sylvestre. Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH 

             Art(ists) on the Verge 7 Fellowship Exhibition. Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN 

2015     Meridians. Public Functionary, Minneapolis MN

             Enormous Tiny Art Show 18. Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH 

2014     Enormous Tiny Art Show 16. Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH

             Ned Evans / Carly Glovinski / Liza Sylvestre. Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH 

             Get Lucky. Soo VAC, Minneapolis MN

2013     Enormous Tiny Art Show 14. Nahcotta, Portsmouth NH

2012     The Collector, Berkeley CA

             Natural Curiosities. Miami International Airport, Miami FL

             This and That. Art Center of South Florida, Miami FL

2011      Recently Acquired. Audrey Love Gallery, Miami FL

2010     Small Works. The Swenson Gallery, Miami FL

             Lucky You. Audrey Love Gallery, Miami FL

 

COLLECTIONS, COMMISSIONS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2018     Artist in Residence - Center for Applied Translational Sensory Science & Weisman Art Museum

             Graduate Thesis Travel Grant, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

             Mary Jane Neer Scholarship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

2017      Art Works Grant, National Endowment for the Arts (in conjunction with SooVAC)

             Travel Grant, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

             Mary Jane Neer Scholarship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

2016     University Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

             Newtopia Cyder, San Diego CA (Commission)

2015     Art(ists) on the Verge 7 Fellow (Jerome Foundation)

             VSA Jerome Emerging Artist Grantee

             Metropolitan Regional Arts Council - Arts Learning Grantee

2014     MN State Arts Board - Arts Learning Grant Grantee

             MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Grantee

2012     The James Hotel, Miami FL (Commission)

             Rochester Museum of Fine Art. Rochester NH (Permanent Collection)

 

PUBLIC LECTURES & PANELS

2018     Say What Club Convention - Artist Talk/Lecture

2015     MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Panelist

2014     MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Panelist

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Guerber, Megan, "5 Senses, 5 Artists", SciArt Magazine, June 2016. 

Abbe, Mary, "Abstract Tensions", Star Tribune, December 18 2015.

Regan, Shelia, "Liza Sylvestre's Sensual Investigations at Public Functionary", City Pages Art Blog