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Lydia Greer
b. 1979
lives and works in the East San Francisco Bay, California

Education
2009 M. F. A. New Genres/Mixed Media, U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2008 Fellowship, Electronic Arts/Film, The Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, ME
2007 B.A. Printmaking and Drawing, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Artist’s Residencies 
2016 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 
2014 2015 Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2012 The Sou-wester Artist's Residency, Seaview, WA 
2012 Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2011 Golden Snail Artist’s Residency, Siskiyou National Forest, Brookings, OR
2008 The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Exhibitions/Projects   
      2016
Choreographies of Disclosure at Songs for Women Living with War, Jadelynn Stahl with Lydia Greer, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Expanded Cinema: Facing West Shadow Opera & Short films by Lydia Greer at Shapeshifter's Cinema, Oakland, CA
The Exploratorium: After Dark: Extended Cinemas featured main stage performance: Facing West Shadow Opera (extended cinema, animation and puppetry with live opera), Artistic Director: Lydia Greer (created story, experimental animation, video projection and puppets) with Opera Singer William Sauerland and Cellist Adam Young, live performance, San Francisco, CA 
Art Direction & Scenography for Puppetry & Shadow Theatre for Andy Byer’s experimental 25 minute 8 song music video cycle for Raj, Cosmic Dreamer Music, Los Angeles, CA 
Other Cinema at Artists Television Access: Facing West Shadow Opera, Artistic Director: Lydia Greer(created story, experimental animation, video projection and puppets) with Opera Singer William Sauerland and Cellist Adam Young, live performance, San Francisco, CA 
Shapeshifters Cinema, featured artist with screenings of video art and animation by Lydia Greer and a performance by Facing West Shadow Opera, Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA
Co-filmmaker with Maureen Masters on original experimental documentary: Gay Dad, about our gay parents coming out in the ultra conservative Reagan era. In production and post production in 2016, Brooklyn, NY 
Artist in Residence: Shadow Animation for feature film: Robin Lung’s Finding Kukan in collaboration with ShadowLight Productions, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 
Group Exhibition, Lumina Studio Projects, Alameda, CA 
Performer for The Great Nickelodeon by Russell Merritt at the Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA 
Illustration for The Zinester’s Guide to Portland, republished in 2016. 
Correspondences: 7 months, 9 days, 2 hours an exhibition of collaborative/cumulative experimental film/video art with new media artist Azin Seraj, Oakland, CA 
April, 2016, Artist in Residence, working on new body of work with paper, video and animation experiments at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 

    2015
Co-filmmaker with Maureen Masters on original experimental documentary: Gay Dad, about gay parents coming out in the ultra conservative Reagan era. In production & principle photography in Summer 2015. 
Free Play Media, Two-Person video installation exhibition with Azin Seraj: Group Exhibition, Lumina Studio Projects, Alameda, CA 
Facing West Shadow Opera, Co-Artistic Directors/Artists, Lydia Greer & Jessica Eastburn, live performance, Lumina Studio Projects, Alameda, CA
Disclose Art Collective Group exhibition, Oakland, CA 
Artist/Ensemble member creating shadow animation for feature film: Finding Kukan for ShadowLight Productions, San Francisco, CA in collaboration with Blind from Los Angeles, CA
Select Exhibitions/Projects

   2014
Facing West: A Shadow Theatre Opera, Co-Directed by Artists, Lydia Greer & Jessica Eastburn with Countertenor & Musical Arrangement directed by William Sauerland, commissioned multimedia piece for artists Sara Bright and Andy Byers, Ventana, Big Sur, CA  
Shades of Impact, curated by Disclose Art Collective, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Artist in Resident, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Open Studio: artists Azin Seraj and Lydia Greer, Clement Street Studios, Alameda, CA

   2013 
Internal Cinema group video exhibition, curated by Hadassa Goldvitcht, The Mamuta Art and Media Center, Jerusalem, Israel 
Night Light, group exhibition focused on multi-media, site-specific light-based luminous art installations, live music, performances and digital and cinematic projections, SOMArts, San 
Stop/Motion, exhibition, animation workshop educator and screening curator: Splitting the Frame, Interface Gallery, Oakland, California
Temescal Street Cinema-Film Festival, curator, selected shorts, Oakland, CA
Conversation Continuum, group exhibition, Martina-Johnston Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Open Studio-New Video & Projects from Azin Seraj and Lydia Greer, Clement Street Studios, Alameda, CA 
Interventions in Taxonomy-new work at The Sou-wester Artist's Residency, Long Beach, Washington

  2012
Solo Exhibition: In Praise of Shadows, Cabin Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois
PDX Experimental Film Festival VideoVideo Installation: A Self Made House, Rumblings at Gallery Homeland, Portland, Oregon
Magic Lantern: documentary/social practice/installation: What happens at Fairyland at Night? premiere, Children's Fairyland, Oakland, California
Artist in Resident: Project Space, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California

   2011
Create: the artists are present: member of documentary filmmaking team commissioned by UC Berkeley. Premiere, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
stacked/multiplied: group exhibition co-curated by Katie Hood Morgan and Devon Bella, Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, California
The Golden Snail Artist's Residency: an artist's residency/social experiment in a rustic WPA forest service cabin on the Winchuck River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Oregon

2010
Solo Exhibition: BEAUTY FORMS, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA
Memory Mine, curated by Rose Khor, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Heliography, Invisible City Audio Tours, Landmark 10: Koffee Pot, 2532 Telegraph Avenue
Lending Library, curated by BAM Matrix curator Dena Beard, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA
Night and Day with John Greer, Martina>  
2009
What We Can Live With, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
The Secret of the Ninth Planet, Galleria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
Four Channel Video Installations with the Hello Lovers Orchestra, Monkey Town, Brooklyn, NY
 
2008
Audition: video installation, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Something That Brings Us Together -Worth Ryder Gallery- University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
 
2007
Exit 07, Littman Gallery-The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Juried by Kristen Kennedy Portland, OR
Exchange, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Worm Food, Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR
 
2006
Solo Exhibition, Glass Mountain, Center Space Gallery, Portland, OR
Print Zero-Basil Hallworth Gallery, Portland, OR
Overlapping Lines, Juried Group Show, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea
And Then You Were Born, Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR
Handmade Books, Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, Minnesota
 
2005
The Drawing Club, MK Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
 
2003
Solo Exhibition: Novelties! Fun!, The Beehive, Portland, OR
The Cosmetic Factor, Cameron Gallery, Portland, OR
 
2001/02
New Orleans Small Press Book Fair, Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Oval Lavo/Beatrice Lenore, Higgins Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
 
Select Screenings
 2011
New Work: Video Installation, The Golden Snail Artist’s Residency Program
 
2010
A Self Made House, Temescal Street Cinema Film Festival, Oakland, CA
Velvet Light Trap: Storytelling at the Library with Lydia Greer, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA
Guest Artist, Film Studies Department, U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
 
2009
A Self Made House, 20 min, 2009, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
American Magician, The Gaspacho Sisters, A Self-Made House, Galleria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
 
2008
Sleeper in the Valley and American Magician, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2006
The New Fluvial World,“Take it EZ” video and animation festival, HollywoodTheatre, Portland, OR
 
Select Performances
2011
Opera, Artistic Director (animation and puppetry), San Francisco, CA
 
2010
Good For Nothing Lover, Production Manager, Light Puppeteer & Consultant, SF Arts Fest, ShadowLight Productions, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
 
2009
Ghosts of the River by Octavio Solis directed by Larry Reed, Ensemble Member, Voice Actor, Light Operator, ShadowLight Productions, San Francisco, CA
 
2008
The Fisherman and the Bear, Artistic Director-The Tin Can Carousel Project, live shadow theatre/new media performance in collaboration with Artist Greg Niemeyer, the Hearst Mining Building, commissioned for CITRIS/Berkeley Center for New Media, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Kindershmootezen, Visual Director with Choreographer Marc Boucai, Lab Run: Experimental Theatre, Zellerbach Hall,  U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ghosts of the River Workshop Production Assistant/ Voice Actress/Puppeteer-ShadowLight Productions- directed by Larry Reed and written by Octavio Solis at the Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
 
2007/08
Puppetry Consultant for UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Maneesh Agrawala, Berkeley, CA
 
2007
Sleeper in the Valley, Director, live shadow theatre performance at Rake Gallery, Portland, OR
Sleeper in the Valley, live shadow puppet performance, Autzen Gallery, PSU, Portland, OR
 
2006
The Glass Mountain, live shadow theatre, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Do I Need to Draw You a Map, The Glass Mountain, The Euphoria of Mr. OK and the Huff Boys, The “Lets Dance” Shadow Theatre Showcase and amateur magician night, Valentines, Portland, OR
The Glass Mountain, The Sixth Annual Puppetganza, Nocturnal, Portland, OR
 
2005
The Euphoria of Mr. Ok and the Huff Boys, Portland Independent Puppet Night, Acme, Portland, OR
The Euphoria of Mr. OK and the Huff Boys, Mega-Fest, with Vladimir and Miss Pussycat, Dunes, Portland, OR
 
2004
The Euphoria of Mr. Ok and the Huff Boys (version 1), Orlo Dirty Rotten Puppet Festival, Orlo Exhibition Space, Portland, OR
Untitled Original Shadow Theatre/ Projections for the musician Momus, Holocene, Portland, OR
The Bible Salesman: Original Shadow Puppet Theatre and Film Projection with the band Schicky Gnarowitz, Holocene, Portland, OR
 
2003
The Famine, original live shadow puppet performance, Little Texas Artist’s Collective, Portland, OR
Cornucopia Parade and Performance, Cameron Gallery, Portland, OR
 
2001-2002
Sunshine Bread Girl, Performed with Haley Lou Yah Puppet Company, Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Cave Ponies, Original Full Length Play, The Staree Rose, Portland, OR
Puppetry Performances with The Circus of Tiny Invisibility, New Orleans, LA
 
Select Awards
2010-Oustanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Dept. of Art Practice, U C Berkeley
2010-Nominated for a Headland’s Center for the Arts Invitational Residency & Pro Arts Annual Solo Exhibition
2009-Nominated for the Di Rosa Foundation Award
2009-Henry Ford Lord Award in Art Practice, University of California-Berkeley
2009-Eisner Prize in Film and Video-Honorable Mention for A Self Made House
2008-Fellowship-Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture-Skowhegan, ME
2008 Eisner Award for Creative Achievement-University of California-Berkeley
2007-2009-Graduate Fellowship-- Department of Art Practice, University of California-Berkeley
2007-Juried Show by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Exit 07, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR
2007-Juried exchange show, PSU/PNCA, Portland, OR
2006-Juried traveling show to University of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea
2000-2001-Robert T. Lee Printmaking Scholarship-Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
 
Teaching/Commissions
2010-current
Visual Arts Faculty, teaching Film History and Video Production, Contemporary Media & Art, Animation History and Practice, Lick Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA
 
Lecturer-ART 171-Beginning Video Production with a Special Topics Section: Animation, Puppetry and Performing Objects in Theory and Practice. Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA
 
2009
Lecturer-ART 171-Beginning Video Production with a Special Topics Section: Animation, Puppetry and Performing Objects in Theory and Practice. Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA
 
Instructor-Art 8-Introduction to Visual Thinking-Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA
 
 
2007/08
GSI/Reader/Screening Assistant for Film 108-Animation for Professor Russell Merritt, Film Studies Department, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Lead Instructor, Shadow Theatre/Visual Storytelling and Printmaking, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts-Portland, OR
2006/07
Workshops and Lecturer, Portland State University- for The Drawing Club, Portland, OR
2005-2007- Instructor Pacific Northwest College of Art, the OutReach Program for Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR
2004-2006- Art Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art-SmArt Works Summer Art Program, Portland, OR
2003-2005- Studio Instructor, Curriculum Designer, Exhibit, Design/Build and Facilitation in the Art and Education Departments with Reggio Emilio pedagogical training, The Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, OR
 
 
Publications
2012-In Praise of Shadows, exhibition booklet for the solo show published by Cabin Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois
2010-Lending Library Catalogue by Dena Beard, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009-Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive ART/FILM NOTES
2008-Artists Spotlight, Cal Literature & Arts Magazine, Fall 2008, Volume XIV.I
2006-Three Mile Radius-newspaper and website in community collaboration with Harrell Fletcher, Portland, OR
2006-Overlapping Lines: A Faculty and Student Exhibition of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Ulsan and the Department of Art at Portland State University, University of Ulsan Press, 2006
2004-The Zinesters Guide to Portland, illustration, Portland, Oregon
2001-The Daily Texan, Comics published regularly, Austin, TX
 
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