Lydia Greer

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office:
Brother Cornelius Art Room 3

Office Hours: FALL 2020
Please email for an online appointment.

Email: lkg1@stmarys-ca.edu

Biographies

Lydia Greer is a widely exhibiting interdisciplinary visual artist, filmmaker, and animator who works in hand-made stop-motion, multiple and single-channel video, sculptural installation, and extended cinema as well as drawing, painting, and works on paper. She holds an MFA in Art Practice, New Genres/Mixed Media from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, where she also studied Animation, Film, Performance and Art History and was a Fellow at The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, and New York, NY. She also holds a BA in Drawing/Painting/Printmaking from Portland State University's School of Art and Design where she also studied Art History and Time Based Art and attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and studied art and architecture in Florence, Italy. Recent artist residencies and projects include the 2020 DEAR Residency Award in Oakland, California as well as an upcoming solo show at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California under the guise of her work as artistic director of Facing West Shadows and alongside her collaborator Caryl Kientz. She has been an artist and consultant for the last decade with ShadowLight Productions, an internationally recognized shadow theater company based in San Francisco notably working on multiple large-scale, bilingual, interdisciplinary cinematic shadow theatre plays incorporating video, dance, sound, hand-built lights, puppets, live actors and masks. As an individual artist and as the artistic director of Facing West Shadows she has enjoyed commissions at Santa Clara University, The Exploratorium Museum, Shapeshifter’s Cinema, Other Cinema at Artists' Television Access, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute of Advanced Uncertainty, Berkeley Center for New Media, and inclusion in The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power & Freedom in Video Art, an all-women video art exhibition at the International SF PhotoFairs 2018 at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco among many others. In 2018, she was awarded a Media Arts Fellowship and Exhibition at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) and in 2016 she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Lydia has over fifteen years of experience as an award-winning Arts Educator teaching at University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Bay Area BlendEd Consortium, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, St. Mary’s College of California and as a guest lecturer at San Francisco Art Institute, The Film and Media and Art Practice Departments at UC Berkeley, Shapeshifter's Cinema, Santa Clara University and San Francisco City College. 

https://www.lydiagreer.com/ https://www.facingwestshadows.com/

Facing West Shadows (principal members: Lydia Greer (artistic director and founder) and Caryl Kientz (theatrical director) is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. FWS combines analog shadow theatre with original animation, video projection of found footage, and sometimes Opera performed live. Expanding into film, theatre, and installation, Facing West Shadows depicts stories re-imagined with unique visual storytelling to create surprising experiences for the audience by seamlessly combining old and new technologies and art forms. Facing West Shadows has been commissioned by The Exploratorium, The Institute for Advanced Uncertainty, Shapeshifter’s Cinema, Berkeley Public Library, Radar Productions, Other Cinema, Kala Art Institute, and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art among others.  

Department: 
School of Liberal Arts » Art and Art History
Contact Information: 

Lorinda Cunha x4864
lrc3@stmarys-ca.edu