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. 

Some of the things that are important to me : challenging normative design that excludes individuals with non normative make up; observing and learning from participants about communication; blurring the lines between public and private, intimate and non intimate; challenging normative social hierarchies within institutional spaces.


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EDUCATION

2019 MFA - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 

2006 B.A. Fine Art - University of Minnesota 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019     Third Space, New Genres Art Space, Rockford IL

Third Space, The Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND

2018      Captioned. Granary Arts, Ephraim UT

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

2020 Flashlight Project for Heavy Breathing. Land & Sea Gallery, Oakland CA (upcoming)

Voices in the Gallery. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton England (upcoming)

2019      The Film and Video Poetry Symposium at Cinema Kosmos, (screening) Moscow Russia

The Other Four. The Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND

MFA Thesis Show. Krannert Art Museum, Champaign IL

2018     Captioned. 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

The Feminist Film Festival (screening). Champaign IL

              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

2019 Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Mary Jane Near Scholarship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Citizen Advocate Award, the Minnesota Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH)

New Genres Art Space Digital Media Lab Contribution

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

Best Experimental Film, Feminist Film Festival, Champaign IL

Best Documentary Film, Feminist Film Festival, Champaign IL

Audience Impact Award, Feminist Film Festival, Champaign IL

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

             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

2019 Artist Talk and Museum Tour, Plains Art Museum

Disability in Art and Culture Workshop, DRES (Disability Resources & Educational Services, UIUC)

Keynote speaker - DRES - Employer Networking Dinner

Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts, Empathy Lab - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2018     Say What Club Convention - Artist Talk/Lecture

2018 Women’s Cross Disability Panel, UIUC - Panelist

2015     MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Panelist

2014     MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Panelist

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019/20 AY - Adjunct Professor - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Spring 2019 - Instructor of Record - UIUC - Art as Communication

Fall 2018 - Instructor of Record - UIUC - Time Arts I

Spring 2018 - UIUC - Arts 451/351 - Advanced/Intermediate Studio

Spring 2018 - Instructor of Record - UIUC - Drawing for Non-Majors

Fall 2017 - Instructor of Record - UIUC - Drawing for Non-Majors

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Watlington, Emily. “Critical Creative Cacophonous Comical: Closed Captions”, mousse magazine, issue #68, Summer 2019

Zilis, Anthony. “Going deaf has influenced her Art”, News-Gazette, May 11, 2019.

Anderson, Stephen. “Liza Sylvestre: Captioned - Twentieth Century”. The Rib.

Bracha, Diane M. “‘Empathy’ artists offer chance to consider reality of other people”, Milwaukee Journal, February 1 2018.

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