faculty profile

Lynn Hershman Leeson
Visiting Faculty and Department Chair

Lynn Hershman Leeson pioneered site specific, performance and interactive media. Most recently, she was honored by the Digital Art Museum in Berlin with the d.velop digital art award (d.daa), the most distinguished honor for lifetime achievement in the field of new media. Her other honors include the prestigious Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica, the ZKM/Seimens Media Arts Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize for writing and directing Teknolust. In 2009, she became a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Siggraph. Hershman Leeson wrote, directed and produced the feature films Teknolust, Conceiving Ada, Strange Culture and !Women Art Revolution – A Secret History.

Work by Lynn Hershman Leeson is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the William Lehmbruch Museum, the ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center and the University Art Museum, Berkeley, in addition to the celebrated private collections of Donald Hess and Arturo Schwarz, among many others. Commissions include projects for the Tate Modern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Charles Schwab.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, 2008
  • Zero One San Jose, 2008
  • WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada and PS 1, New York, 2008
  • e-art: New Technologies and Contemporary Art - Ten Years of Accomplishments by the Daniel Langlois Foundation, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal, 2007
  • Beauty and the Blonde, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2007
  • Video Positive, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, England, 2007
  • Fast Time Slow Bodies, MoCA Tapei, Taiwan, 2007