liz steketee fine art

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CV liz steketee fine art


san rafael, ca 94901




Through the use of photographic montage, mixed media, textiles, and sculptural treatment of photographs, my work examines memory, family, and mending of the past. My work is a chaotic stew of elements sewn back together and made whole. I employ a breaking and mending process in all my work, and certainly in the represented. Deconstruction of imagery forces contemplation. Reconstruction acts as a mending of that which feels broken or disparate. Together these processes result in my constructed memory of my life experiences. At the heart of my work is the notion that it is the ordinary in life that is truly extraordinary, that memories are fluid and ever-changing. My work is an investigation of memory, family, and the role art plays in these ideas.


Liz was born in Michigan and lives in Marin County California with her family. She has both a BFA and MFA in photography and mixed media. For 11 years, after completing her master's degree, Liz stayed on at the San Francisco Art Institute to teach on the photo faculty. She specialized in digital imaging, mixed media, and bookmaking. In 2017, Liz moved into a full time studio practice. Her work focuses the notions of photography and its role in family, memory, and history. In her practice, Liz utilizes her photography in combination with textiles, sewing, sculpture, and installation.

Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries including shows at Center For Photographic Art, PRC Boston, Fuller Crat Museum, Griffin Museum, SeagerGray Gallery, Faulconer Gallery,Grinnell University, University Gallery Cal Poly, Rayko Gallery SF, San Jose ICA, and Los Angeles Center for Photography.


Jen Tough Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA


2005 MFA San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA

Recipient of the John Collier Award, Photography

1992 BFA University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Photography and Art History

1988 Phillips Academy Andover

awards publications books

Klompching Gallery, Fresh 2021, Top 20 Finalist

Lenscratch Featured Artist 2021, 2014, 2016, 2018 2020

Surface Design Exhibition In Print(SDA EIP) 2019

Review Santa Fe 2018

Diffusion Magazine 2014, 2020

Huffington Post Featured Artist 2014

Rayko Artist in Residence 2011

Nazreali Press, DYSTOPIA, One Picture Book, 2011

Willow Creek Press, CASTWORK, 2002

solo exhibitions

2022 Sonoma Academy, Entangled , Sonoma, CA

2022 CPA, Wrapped, Artist Grant Exhibition , Carmel CA

2011 Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell University, Grinnell Iowa

2010 Rayko Gallery, Artist In Residence Exhibition

juried and invitational exhibitions

2022 Entangled, Sonoma Academy, Solo Show, Sonoma CA

2022 Wrapped, Center For Photographic Art, Artist Grant Exhibit, Carmel, CA

2022 Mummies, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2021 Wrapped, Analog SF, Alt Photo, San Francisco, CA

2021 Wrapped Book, Form and Concept, Unseen, Santa Fe, NM

2020, Wrapped, Bay Area Currently, Photo Alliance, San Francisco, CA

2020 Wrapped, Center For Photographic Art, Members Show, Carmel, CA

2020 Wrapped, Seagergray Gallery, Material Matters, Mill Valley, CA

2020 Sewn, Filter Photo, Interior Life, Chicago, Ill.

2020 Sewn, PRC, Exposure, Boston, Mass.

2020 Traces, Cal Poly Art Gallery, Beyond Surface, San Luis Obisbo, CA

2020 Wrapped, Jen Tough Gallery, Indentity, Santa Fe, NM

2019 Circles, Seagergray Gallery, The Object, Mill Valley, CA

2019 Nectar, Seagergray Gallery, Art Of The Book, Mill Valley, CA

2019 Sewn, Jen Tough Gallery, The Ladies Room, San Francisco, CA

2019 Circles, Seagergray Gallery, Material Matters Mill Valley, CA

2019 Ghost Book, Marin MOCA, Book Arts Show, Marin CA

2019 Sewn: Diary, Diablo Valley College, Identity, Diablo, CA

2018 Sewn: Album, Surface Design, Family Matters-New Talent Textile Art

2018 Sewn: Album, The Carrack Gallery, Anti-Nostalgia, Durham, NC

2018 Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Sewn: Album, Smith Anderson North, Bay Area Currents, Marin, CA

2018 Sewn: Album, Lenscratch Featured Artsist, Blog

2017 Sewn: Album, The Griffin Museum, Grey Matters, Boston, MA

2017 Dresses, A Night With Bophamet, Rare Book CollectionVallejo, Ca,

2016 Sewn, New Mexico Museum of Art, Small Works, Kate Ware, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Sewn, Schneider Gallery, Reconstructing The P{ortriat: Liz Steketee and KK Depaul, Chicago, Il

2015 Books, Codex,, Superclassy Publishing, Alemeda, CA

2015 Portfolio Showcase, Center

2015 Traces, Rayko Gallery, Narrative Book, San Francisco, CA

2015 Home/Bound, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

2015 Photola, Los Angeles, Ca, Cohen Gallery

2014 Photobook, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA

2014 Art Merge Lab, Summer, LA, CA Jae Yang.

2014 Art Merge Lab, Reconstruct, LA, CA Jae Yang.2013 Rayko Gallery ,Me, Myself, and I, SF, CA, David Hilliard

2012 San Diego Museum Show , Honorable Mention, San Diego, CA

2011 Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, Meeting Place—solo show

2011 Stephen Cohen Gallery, Photo LA,

2010 Stephen Cohen Gallery, Found, Los Angeles, CA

2010 Reconstructed Memories, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, CA

2010 Reconstructed Memories ,Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain, Domestic, photography Reconstructed Memories

2010 Rayko Artist In Residence Show, Reconstructed Memories-SOLO Show, SF, CA

2008 SF Camerawork, Past Is An Image We Form In The Present, SF, CA

2006 Center For Fine Art Photography, On The Edge, Ft. Collins, CO

2005 MFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, May, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA—John Collier Award Recipient

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