About the :
Elizabeth Sher is Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Her prints and paintings have been shown at many university art museums and the San Francisco and San Jose Museums of Art, with solo shows in San Francisco, and across the country. Sher's films have been honored with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the Western Regional Media Arts Fellowship Fund, The Zellerbach Family Fund, The Anheuser-Busch Foundation, The Pacific Pioneer Fund, and the Union of Independent Colleges of Art.
For more than 2 decades Sher has made more than two dozen films and videos, from 4 minutes long to feature length. Her films have been broadcast on PBS and cable channels and honored at more than 50 film festivals from Hong Kong to Edinburgh to New York.
Recent Selected Exhibitions
2010 Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Show and Bestow – the Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists’ Books, The Free Library of Philadelphia, PA and Oberlin College, OH Cat.
2010 Process & Place, Berkeley Art Center Co-Curator, Cat.
2010-9-8-7-6 The Art of the Book, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2009 City of Berkeley Public Art Program Civic Center Exhibition
2009 Printing on the Cutting Edge, Alameda Museum, Jury Selection
2009 International Codex Book Fair, University of California, Berkeley
2008 Tarrant County College, Arlington, TX (Ft. Worth) Solo Exhibition, Artist in Residence 2008
2008 Banned & Recovered – Artists Respond to Censorship, African American Museum & Library of Oakland & San Francisco Center for Book Arts
2008 Digital Visions, Artlink, Ft. Wayne, IN Jury Prize 2008
2008 Secrets & Lies, Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR Jury Prize, Cat.
2008 Toomey-Tourell Fine Arts 10th Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2007 Lightboxes & Artist Books, Haggerty Gallery, U. of Dallas, TX Solo Exhibition, lecture
2007 Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University Cat.
2007 Cutting Edge Books, University Art Gallery, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA
2007 Art Without Walls, New York, NY 2007 Artist Books
2007, Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA Juried Selection
2006 A Different Side of Travel, Hunt + Gather, Santa Fe, NM
2005 New Editions Books: Old>New>Digital, O’Hanlon Center for Art, Mill Valley, CA Co-Curator, Cat.
Recent Selected Screenings, Film Festivals & Broadcasts
2010 Symposium on Aging, San Francisco Public Library, CA
2009 International Film Festival on Aging, Castro Theater, San Francisco, CA Filmmaker in
2008 Official Selection, Independents Film Festival , Tampa, FL
2008 Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, MD
2008 Cal State University Monterey Bay, CA Filmmaker in person
2008 Aratoi Museum, New Zealand, Filmmaker in Person
2008 KCSM-TV Broadcast
2007 World Premier Berkeley Art Center, CA Filmmaker and Bella Feldman in conversation with Richard Whittaker
2007 Visual Lives, Berkeley Small Film Festival Timkin Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA Arts Benicia, CA
Alma’s Jazzy Marriage (produced with Mal and Sandra Sharpe)
2009 Riverwalk, National Public Radio, San Antonio, TX Alma’s Jazzy Marriage
2007 American Public Television National Broadcast
2007 Screening Cal State Univ, Monterey Bay, CA Filmmaker in Person
2006 10th Annual Black Film Festival, Dallas, TX
2006 Reel Black Film Festival, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
2005 Cinema of Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada
2004 World Premier 12th Pan African Film Festival, Magic Johnson Theater, LA, CA
Filmmakers in person
2004 African Diaspora Film Festival, Chicago, IL
2004 Pan African Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
2004 Roxbury Film Festival, Boston, MA Cat
2004 Motor City International Film Festival, Detroit, MI
2004 Independent’s Film Festival, Tampa, FL
2004 St. Louis International Film Festival, MO Cat.
Stalls (produced with Maggie Simpson)
2008 Faux Film Festival, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR
2004 The How To Intensive, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, Filmmakers in person
2004 International Premier G-niale Festival of Film, Stralsund, Germany, Filmmakers in person, Cat.
2004 Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, CA Filmmakers in person, Cat.
2004 Raindance Festival of Independent Film, London, England, Cat.
2004 Interfilm, 20th International Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, Cat.
2004 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, FL
2004 Coney Island Film Festival, NY
2004 Zeitgeist International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA Filmmakers in person
2004 BIG, presented by Toomey-Tourell and Terra Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2004 Ten-T Video Festival, 21 Grand Gallery, Oakland, CA Featured Artist
The Rejuvenation of Big Daddy’s
2004 Short Attention Span Environmental Film Festival, Oakland Museum, CA Filmmaker in
Homenaje a Tenochtitlan
2006 5th Annual Ozark Foothills Film Festival, AK
Selected Honors & Awards
2010 Artist Stipend Winner Residency, Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Travel Grant, California College of the Arts
2009 Berkeley City Public Art Honoree
2008 Jury Prize Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Digital Visions, Ft. Wayne, IN Jury Prize
2008 Residency New Pacific Studio, New Zealand
2008 Faculty Development Grant, California College of the Arts
2007 Faculty Development Grant, California College of the Arts
2002 CCA Development Grant - Kala - Trillium Summer Institute on innovative printmaking
2001 Grand Jury Award Bare Bones Internal Film Fest, Oklahoma
1998 Trophy Award Movies on a Shoestring
1997 Documentary Award Windy City Documentary Festival