Liz Phillips

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BIOGRAPHY- Liz Phillips

New York-based artist Liz Phillips has been making interactive multi-media installations for the past 40 years. She creates responsive environments sensing wind, plants, fish, audience, dance, water, and food. Audio and visual art forms combine with new technologies to create elastic time-space constructs. Sound is often the primary descriptive material.

Phillips received a B.A from Bennington College in 1973. In 1981 she co-founded Parabola Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created by five media artists from varied disciplines (music, sculpture, film, video) which provides funding for art-related projects. Phillips received a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous individual and collaborative commissions from New York State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches workshops and lectures on Sound and Interactive Media at Purchase College. In the last ten years she has curated several exhibitions of emerging artists and women making installations with sound.

Phillips' installations have been seen in art museums, alternative spaces, festivals, and public spaces that include; the Albright-Knox gallery, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Queens Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Walker Art Museum, Ars Electronica, Jacob's Pillow, The Kitchen, Rene Block gallery and Frederieke Taylor gallery. Phillips has also collaborated with other artist's including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Nam June Paik, Earl Howard, Alison Knowles, Simone Forti and Robert Kovich. Her work was presented by Creative Time, the Cleveland Orchestra, IBM Japan and the World Financial Center. Public spaces as diverse as an alternative energy site in a wind turbine (1981) in the South Bronx , the anchorage under the Brooklyn Bridge (2001), Peavy Plaza in Minneapolis and Art Park in Lewiston NY have been the locations of site specific installations.

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