liz_avatar_leftI’m a sculptor and poet whose work gives form and voice to lived experience. Best known for my series of life size sewn fabric “skins” sculptures, for which I received the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Award for Creativity, I am also the author of SKINS, a multimedia theatrical performance which debuted at La MaMa Theatre in New York City.

My current work, Mapping Nebraska, is a stitched, drawn and digitally imaged cartography of the state (physical and psychological) where I live. Portions of this this multi-year project toured Nebraska as part of the Sheldon Statewide series of exhibitions and in 2013 I received the Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award for this body of work.

I received my MFA in Sculpture from the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to my training in sculpture, I was a lawyer for Alaska Native groups in Alaska and worked on the settlement of their aboriginal land claims.

An Associate Professor in UNL’s Department of Art & Art History and a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, I teach creative thinking and studio foundation courses. As part of a team with faculty from Computer Science, Digital Humanities, Educational Psychology and Music, I was awarded a second National Science Foundation grant to integrate creative thinking into beginning computer science and other courses. My research into computational creativity is part of my on-going interest in integrating the digital (pixels and code) with the digital (the work of the hand).

More information about my work is at http://www.mappingnebraska.com.