Elizabeth Leister engages a practice that includes video, performance, drawing and virtual reality. Time and memory are key themes that are woven together often through drawing as a performative act.  Temporality and connection to place are at the core of her work where travel, loss and memory 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, and the Delaware Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, Art in General, Apex Art and P.S. 122 in New York, Counterpath in Denver and Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica in addition to various artist run spaces.


Leister has performed at homeLA, LACE, and Highways Performance Space, Perform Chinatown, Beyond Baroque and Electric Lodge 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 University of Reno, Outpost Artists Resources in New York and in Low Lives, among other venues.  Her VR work has been presented at REFEST by Culturehub LA, FEMMEBIT and Mana Body + Camera Festival among others.


She has received an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, and grants through The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Leeway Foundation of Philadelphia.  Leister was awarded a 2014-15 COLA Fellowship grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles.


She earned an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College and a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  Leister is Assistant Professor in the Multimedia Option in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at CSUN.





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1999 Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale, NY

1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Magna Cum Laude, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

1985 Yale Summer School of Art & Music, Fellowship, Norfolk, CT





2016 "A Secondary Swirl on your Hardware", New Shoes 10, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA

2015 "the invisible lake called telepathy", COLA Exhibition, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014 "Strange Loop", Counterpath, Denver, CO

         Squaring the Circle: Llano del Rio Centennial, Llano, CA

         "Sky", Yoko Ono Fan Club, Visual Studies Gallery, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

2013 "I Can See You. You’re Not Here”,

         Remote Encounters: Connecting bodies, collapsing spaces and temporal ubiquity in networked performance,

         Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, Cardiff, Wales

2012 "Demolition”, Dystorpia, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY

         "Disappeared”, Perform Chinatown, POVevolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

         "Demolition”, performance, Low Lives 4: Networked Performance Festival, multiple international venues

         "Here's The Moves", live-transmission performance, Spirit Resurrection, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2011 "Duet #1”, Max 10 Performance Laboratory, Electric Lodge, Venice, CA

         "An Artist’s Life Manifesto” directed by Marina Abramovic, performer, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

         "Mirror/Mirror”, live transmission performance, “Myself” exhibition,

         Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV

2010 "Hand Drawn", 6x6 #5: Mystery, live transmission performance, Cine Lab, Athens, Georgia

         "I Can See You. You’re Not Here", live transmission performance, Low Lives 2, multiple US locations

2008 "Allan Kaprow, 18 Happenings in 6 Parts", by Steve Roden, “guest painter”, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2007 "Without Risk of Excessive Loss", multimedia performance, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

         "Anatomy Riot #18", “Capture”, with Rae-Shaolan Blum, Silver Lake Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA





2018 “Under the Wallpaper”, VR installation, Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery, San Jacinto, CA
          “Three Walks: St Thomas / Folsom Lake / Salton Sea”, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA

2014 "Strange Loop", Counterpath, Denver, CO

2011 "Marking, Very, Nearly, Away”, Interactive video installation, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006 “Every Body is Everywhere and Nowhere”, The Morris Gallery,

         The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2002 “Time/Travel”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA





2019 RadianceVR, International Research Platform for VR Experiences in Visual Art, online/Berlin-based – inclusion in database.

         FEMMEBIT Biennial Festival, Civic Center Studios. Los Angeles, CA

         REFEST, Culturehub LA at Navel, VR installation, Los Angeles, CA

         MANA Contemporary Body + Camera Festival, VR screening, Chicago, IL

2018 “Soft Bytes; A Feminist Animation Festival, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Home/LA, “Larchmont: The Way Light Moves Through”, LA, CA, Monster Drawing Rally, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

         One Woman Shows, performance, project by Cindy Rehm for Animating the Archive, Pieter Space, Los Angeles, CA
         COLA 20, Anniversary exhibition of the COLA fellowships, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016 En)Gendered (In)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, Organized by Micol Hebron, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

         Traces with Sandy Mathern Smith, Kip Jones and John Osburn, Tiny Tutti Festival, Denison Museum, Denison Univ, Granville, OH
         Adaptations at The Transversal Project, O Cinema/Wynwood, Miami, FL
         Kinitiras-Artistic Network, video screening, Athens, Greece
         Festival Miden, International Video Festival, Kalamata, Greece
         New Media New Mexico 2016, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
         Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
         On Our Radar, Creative Capital online database of artists from 2016, New York, NY

2015 COLA Exhibition, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

         9th Annual Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong, Meghalaya, India

         LA Woman: On Her Own Terms & Haunted, Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA

         Open Sessions 4, (with Maurice Carlin), The Drawing Center, New York, NY

         Name It by Trying to Name It, (with Maurice Carlin), The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2014 MTV: Momentum Technology Video Film Festival, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

         Apollonian/Dionysian: The Constraints of Freedom, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

         CologneOFF X, International Video Festival, multiple venues

         Momentum: Women/Art/Technology Directory, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

         Haunted, video screening, Marrickville Garage, Sydney, Australia

         Haunted, video screening, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA

         Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video, Broome Gallery, CSUCI, Camarillo, CA

2013 Margin Release Right, West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA

         Haunted, The Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

         "Fits and Starts" video screening, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

         Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Pasadena, CA

         "Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections", Accademia di Belle Arte di Firenze, Florence, Italy

2012 “Fits and Starts”, Agency, West Hollywood, CA

         Low Lives, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Machine Wilderness, Albuquerque, NM

         Fonlad, Digital Arts Festival, Coimbra, Portugal

         On Our Radar, Creative Capital online database of artists, New York, NY

         Déjà Vu, Aspect EZ: The Chronicle of New Media Art, screening and limited edition DVD, Boston, MA

         White Hot Gold, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY

2011 “Eclectic Visions”, CSUCI, Broome Library Art Gallery, Camarillo, CA

         “Pop-Up Films”, presented by Newtown Arts & Projections on Lake, Pasadena, CA

         “Mediated Motion”, La Mama Galleria, New York, NY

         “Vox” an evening of video and performance, Craftswoman House, Pasadena, CA

         “Video: Recycled”, D-Block, Long Beach, CA

         "TRAMPOLIM", Galeria Homero Massena, Vitória, Brasil

2009 Malibu Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Circus Gallery, Malibu Country Mart, Malibu, CA

         CSUCI Annual Faculty Exhibition, Broome Library Art Gallery, Camarillo, CA

2008 "Come Out & Play, Is Pain Your Pleasure?" Organized by Sheree Rose, Apexart, New York, NY

2007 Media Project, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2006 "FO A RM video festival", Portland Art Center, Portland, Oregon

2005 "FARfetched", Foundation for Art Resources auction and video projections, The Gilmore Building, Los Angeles, CA





2019 RGS Summer Grant, CSUN, Northridge, CA

2018 Faculty Success Grant, Faculty Development, CSUN, Northridge, CA

2016 CCF Quick Grant, Creative Capacity Fund, Los Angeles, CA

         Research, Scholarly & Creative Activities Grant, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2014 COLA Fellowship Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Visual Communication, American InterContinental Univ., LA, CA

2008 Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Visual Communication, American InterContinental Univ., LA, CA

2007 “ARC,” grant, Durfee Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

2004 Faculty Development Grant, California State University, Channel Islands

2003 William Penn Foundation grant in conjunction with Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

2002 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship, Other Genres





2018 Artists Talk in conjunction with Mount San Jacinto College Art Gallery, LA, CA

         Lecture, Arts Alliance, Northridge, CA

         Lecture, Women of CTVA, She Makes Media, CSUN, Northridge, CA

2017 COLA 20, Salon Conversation #8, panelist, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA

2015 “Enhanced Vision: Digital Video” panel, ACM, SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, CA

2014 “Video /New Media: Art, Education, Entertainment and Business”, CSUCI, Camarillo, CA

2008 “The Creative Community” Channel 21 TV with David Starkey, guest artist, Santa Barbara, CA

2006 Art Talk, Art at Lunch program, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005 “Freedom, Risk and Discipline”, Art Department, California State Univ. Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

         “Artists Talk”, Art History Department, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA

2002 “Artists Talk”, The Community Gallery at Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA





2019 Published in Full Blede Issue Eight: The Interpenetrate, LA, CA


2018 Published in Full Blede Issue Six: The Parapraxis, LA, CA

         “Three Walks: St Thomas / Folsom Lake / Salton Sea” artist’s book, self-published


2017 Emergency Index 2016, The Bros. Lumiere for Ugly Duckling Presse

         Contemporary Almanac 2017, Contemporary Performance Network

         COLA 20, Anniversary exhibition catalog, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA


2016 Darrian O’Reilly on New Shoes #10, Riting, http://riting.la/post/155081659344/new-shoes-10

         Landon Slangerup, Come Closer, The Den, March 7, 2016, https://news.denison.edu/2016/03/come-closer

         Kaitlyn Specht, Visiting artist explores the body through abstract art, The Denisonian, March 1, 2016,


2015 alphasixty, preview by April Wolfe, http://blog.sixtyhotels.com/c-o-l-fellowship-exhibition-barnsdall-art-park/

         COLA Exhibition Catalog, essay by Susan Rosenberg, http://cola2015.lamag.org/

         VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project, ArtvideoKOELN International, http://vip.newmediafest.org/


2014 Avishay Artsy, KCRW, Which Way LA?, A Socialist colony in Southern California, founded 100 years ago, May 21, 2014,


         Counterpath Interview, May, 2014 http://counterpathpress.blogspot.com/2014/05/elizabeth-leister-on-her-upcoming.html

         STIGMART10/VideoFocus 14, online magazine, interview,



2013 Emergency Index 2012, The Bros. Lumiere for Ugly Duckling Presse.

2012 Michele Jaquis, Rise Industries, “Highlights from Perform Chinatown” http://riseindustries.org/arkv/3400/disapearing, July 26, 2012

         Roberta Fallon, “New Media Art – White Hot Gold at Murray State”, theartblog.org, February 2, 2012

2011 Jeremy Stern, Joy Garnett & Mira Schor, “Myself, A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraiture”, exhibition catalog,

         Sheppard Fine Arts gallery, University of Nevada, Reno

2010 Jorge Rojas and various presenters, Low Lives 2, event catalog and DVD

2006 Edith Newhall, “Of-the-moment ‘Body’ Work”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2006

         Roberta Fallon, “If a “Body” Catch a Body”, Philadelphia Weekly, June 14, 2006