Liza Sylvestre is a multimedia artist. Her work has been shown internationally at venues including the Plains Art Museum (Fargo), Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis), Roots & Culture (Chicago), Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton), ARGOS (Brussels), and MMK (Frankfurt). Sylvestre has been the recipient of both an Artists Initiative and Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a fellowship through Art(ists) on the Verge, a VSA Jerome Emerging Artist Grant, an Art Works grant from the NEA, and a fellowship from the Kate Neal Kinley Foundation. She has been artist-in-residence at the Weisman Art Museum and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) and is currently Curator of Academic Programs at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In 2019 she received a Citizens Advocate Award from the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH). Sylvestre’s work has been written about in Art in America, Mousse Magazine, Ocula Magazine, Art Monthly, and SciArt Magazine.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2021
Through my work, I explore the ways in which the sensorial and experiential co-define. As an individual who is medically deaf, I am interested in how the disruption or complication of the normative sensory hierarchy can function as conceptual and aesthetic material. I see artwork as a potential site to both share experience and to form new ways of understanding the intersection of senses, access, and learned systems of communication.”