Queens-based artist Liz Phillips has been making interactive multi-media installations for the past 50 years, which combine audio and visual forms with new technologies to create an interactive experience. Born in New Jersey in 1951, Phillips received a B.A. from Bennington College in 1973. In 1981, she co-founded Parabola Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created by five media artists from varied disciplines (music, sculpture, film, video) which provides funding for art-related projects. In 1987 Phillips received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2019 NYFA fellowship, grants from the David Bermant Foundation, The Agnes Gund Foundation, NYSCA Commissions (2007, 2004, 2000,1988,1986,1984) NEA Grants and Commissions (1987,1984, 1985,1983, 1981,1976). Phillips has exhibited interactive installations at numerous art museums, alternative spaces, festivals, and public spaces. These include multiple installations at the Queens Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Walker Art Museum, Ars Electronica, The Kitchen, and Creative Time. She has also shown her work at Jacob’s Pillow, The Stedelijk Museum, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Galerie René Block, Fredrieke Taylor Gallery, White Box, The Jewish Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Capp Street Project. Phillips has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Nam June Paik, Simone Forti, Alison Knowles, Yoshimasa Wada, Heidi Howard, Earl Howard, Cynthia Koppe and Nitin Mukul. Her work was presented in unusual public locations by Bronx Frontier Development Corporation (using a wind turbine), the Cleveland Orchestra, IBM Japan, and the World Financial Center.
Lives and works in Queens, New York.
1969-73 Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, BA (Interdivisional:
Music and Art) 1973 Assistantship to Nam June Paik for A Tribute to John
1971 California Institute of the Arts, 3-month Arts Residency, invited and
advised by Allan Kaprow and Nam June Paik
1971 Riverside Research Institute, Artist in Residence
1970 The Rose Art Museum, Curatorial Assistantship to Russell Connor for
Vision and Television, Brandeis University
1970 MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Artist Assistantship:
Gyorgy Kepes, Tsai Wen Ying, Ted Kraynick
SELECTED ONE-ARTIST EXHIBITIONS (ALL RESPONSIVE INSTALLATIONS)
2018-20 “Heidi Howard and Liz Phillips: Relative Fields in a Garden” Queens Museum, Queens, NY curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas and Baseera Khan
2018-2019 “The Queens International 2018: Volumes” Queens Museum, Queens, NY curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas and Baseera Khan
2017 Wave Crossings, Governors Island, Harvestworks
2014 “Nature and Numbers”,Composers Now and Harvestworks, NYC
“Biyuu” and “Plant Fields,” UMF Gallery, Farmington, Maine.
“Biyuu,” with performer, Mariko Endo Reynolds, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “A-MAZE-ING Water,” “Spectral Reservoir,” NY Aquarium, Brooklyn, NY
2011 “The Ocean Reglitterized,” “Spectral Reservoir,” Pelham Art Center, NY.
Curator: Titia Huls
Liz“Here/Hear: Manhattan is an Island.” “Ear to the Earth Festival,” WhiteBox, NY
Liz Phillips, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Residency, installation and symposium, UC Santa Barbara Link
“Installations by Liz Phillips,” The Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis
“Ginko Afterglow,” Safe-T Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Link
“Liz Phillips: New Sound Works in the Project Room,” Frederieke Taylor gallery, New York Link
“Echo Evolution,” The Kitchen, New York Link
“Graphite Ground,” Contemporary Art Center, Houston; Texas
“Mersonic Illuminations,” The World Financial Center, New York
“Graphite Ground,” The Whitney Museum, New York Link
“Graphite Ground,”Capp Street Project, San Francisco Link
“Sonar Eclipse,” Jacob’s Pillow, Lee, Massachusetts
“Sunspots,” Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
“Mersonic Province I,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
“Mersonic Province II,” Rene Block Gallery, Berlin
“Mersonic Province III,” Hagues Gemeentemuseum,The Netherlands
“City Flow” The City University Graduate Center Mall, New Link
“Broken/Unbroken Terracotta,” The Kitchen, New York
“Sound Structures,” Artist’s Space, New York
“Sound Spaces,” Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, California
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (ALL RESPONSIVE INSTALLATIONS)
“The Ocean Reglitterized,” Pelham Art Center ,NY. curator: Titia Hulst
“Echo Evolution”, “Act/React”, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI.
“Wavetable “;” Sensory Overload”, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI.
“Echo-Location:Queens”,”Queens International”, Queens Museum of Art, NY.
“Wavetable”, Tenth Anniversary, Frederieke Taylor gallery, NYC. Link
“Re-Sound /Sound Screen”, Lincoln Center Festival 2002 and The New York Video Festival, NYC. Link
“Echo Evolution”,”Magic of Light”; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Link
“Intermingling”, “Light x Eight”, Jewish Museum, NY. Link
“Shaded Bandwidths”, Creative Time’s Anchorage Show, NY. co / Anney Bonney; “Massless Medium”, Brooklyn, NY. Link
“Shaded Bandwidths” DVD installation. co/ Anney Bonney, Lincoln Center Video Festival, NY. Link
“Suspended Frequencies” Boston Museum School, MA. co/Anney Bonney; “Dangerous Waves”Anderson Gallery.
“Koi”, “Luistervissen”, Ijsbreker, Amsterdam.
“Natural Spectacles,” David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI. Link
“Sound Tables II and III,” The Interactive Show Threadwaxing Space, NYC.
“Sound Tables I, II, III,” Ten from Queens”, PaineWebber Gallery, New York, Curated by Queens Museum.
“Ars Electronica “88 and 91,” Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria. Link
“Pulse 2”; University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, California
“Cymbol” New Urban Landscape; The World Financial Center, New York.
“Cymbol” The Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, North Carolina.
“Engaging Objects: The Participatory Art of Mirrors, Mechanisms, and Shelters”The Clocktower, New York.
“Whitney Windspun,” 1985 Biennial Exhibition Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
IBM “Sunspots,” Think Pocket, Japan, Tokyo.
“Sonar Eclipse,” in collaboration with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Park Avenue Armory, New York.
“Sunspots,” Soundings, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, NY. Link
“Windspun for Minneapolis”, “NewMusic America ’80,” Peav y Plaza, Minneapolis
“Sumtime” Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York. Link
“Electronic Banquet,” Eighth Annual New York Avant-Garde Festival” 69th Infantry Regiment Armory, New York.
OTHER LECTURES, RESIDENCIES, AND INSTALLATIONS
Academie der Kunste
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Broward Community College
California Institute of the Arts
Capp Street Project
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
PS1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources
Riverside Research Institute
San Diego State University
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
State University of New York at Purchase
Mills College, New York University
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of California at Santa Barbara
Tyler School of Art, University of Cincinnati
Whitney Museum of American Art
Woodstock Community Video
GRANTS AND COMMISSIONS
2019 NYFA Fellowship/ Music
2018 Queens Museum for “Relative Fields in a Garden.”
2015 NYSCA Individual for “Wave Crossings” Harvestworks
2015 David Bermant Foundation for “Wave Crossings”
2012 David Bermant Foundation for “Biyuu”
2011 USA Artists Projects for “Biyuu”
2008 UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Fellowship
2007,2004,2000,1988,1986,1984 New York State Council on the
Arts/Individual Artists Commissions
2004 Phaedrus Foundation
2003 Jewish Museum
2000 Franklin Furnace
1987 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1987,1984 National Endowment for the Arts/ Interarts
1985,1983 National Endowment for the Arts/ New Genres
1981,1976 National Endowment for the Arts/ Composer’s Fellowship
1982,1977 Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship/ Mixed Media
1981 Beard Fund
EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS CURATED
2007 Three Women: Architectural Sound Events at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn.
2005 From the Perception Lab/ Sound Show at Pelham Art Center, NY.
2004 “Intermedia Festival”, Gershman Y, Philadelphia (co-curated with John Phillips)
2003 “The Quiet Sound Show”, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase, NY
2003 “Resound”, Boston Museum of Fine Arts (received Purchase Affiliates Grant)
2002 “Resound for Dedicated Loudspeakers” Boston Museum of Fine Arts
“Harnessing Waves and Elastic Space,”Volume 19, 2009
Leonardo Music Journal 2009 E-ISSN: 1531-4812 Print ISSN: 0961-1215 LINK TO ARTICLE
“On Collaborating with an Audience” Liz Phillips and Paula Rabinowitz AC: Collaborative Summer 2005- Spring 2006.LINK TO ARTICLE
Ahlstrom, David. “Liz Phillips:Sunspots Installation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.” Computer Music Journal , Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 1982.
Baker, Kenneth. “Art for the Ears at Capp Street Project”. San Francisco Chronicle, January 1,1988 E2.
Cohen, Randy. “Synapse”.
Close, Roy M. “Zephyr” Liz Phillips”. St Paul Pioneer Press, May 28, 1984.
Concannon, Kevin.” Sound Sculptures ? A Survey of American Work”. Ars Electronica. Link
Howard, Christopher. “Queens International 2004Queens Museum of Art”. The Brooklyn Rail, February 2005. Link
Hughes, Jeffrey. “Liz Phillips”. Contemporary Arts Magazine, Review 19, Volume #63 2004, p.35-43.
Karson, Robin. “Art”. Springfield News, March 10, 1983.
Krewani, Angela. “Immaterialising Sculpture-Transforming Spaces: Liz Phillips sound sculpture”. Artefakte Artefiktionen, 2000, p. 301-311.
La Barbara, Joan. “Hi Fidelity Magazine”.
Lovejoy, Margot. Digital Currents, 3rd Edition 2004.
Mirapaul, Matthew. “Art Festivals Buzz With Digital Deviltry”. NY Times, June 13,2002.
Morrow, Charlie. “Sumtime”. The Soho Weekly News, March 7, 1974 r-11.
Phillips, Patricia. “Liz Phillips Whiney Museum of Art”. Artforum, October 1988 p.147.
Rabinowitz, Paula. “The Sounds of Sculpture / Liz Phillips: new sound works”. NY Arts Magazine.#82, 2004. Link
Rabinowitz, Paula. “The Sound of Reformed Space, Liz Phillips’s Responsive Installations”. Performance Art Journal “, MIT Press, PAJ #72.
Reveaux, Tony. “The Responsive Rocks”. Art Week, December 26, 1987 Volume 18 Page 5.
Roads, Curtis. “Liz Phillips: Windspun”. Computer Music Journal Fall, 1981 Volume 5 Number 3.
Rockwell, John. “Avant-Garde: Liz Phillips Sound”. The New York Times, Thursday May 14, 1981.
Sakane, Itsuo. “Asahi Shimbun” March 28, 1980.
Sanders, Linda. ” Catching the Night Plain Sonic Syzygy “. The Village Voice, Vol XXX No.35 August 27, 1985.
Singer, . “Talk of the Town” Output. The New Yorker , April 18, 1977.
Zimmer, William. “Liz Phillips Frontier Composting Site, Hunts Point, Bronx; permanent installation”. The Soho News, May 20, 1981.
Zummo, Peter. “Soho Weekly News”
SELECTED RADIO AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
2019 “Please Play” Neuberger Museum, a vimeo document of the performance and talk on sound art: Liz Phillips.with 9 composers, by Oliver Divone
and Noah Campbell.
2016“Circuit Scores: An Interview with Liz Phillips” http://avant.org/project/liz-phillips/
2013 Biyuu Excerpts video document by Mary Lucier https://vimeo.com/87334208
2011 United States Artists, Invited Artist http://www.hatchfund.org/project/biyuu
2010 VBS-TV Motherboard Soundbuilders “Liz Phillips”
Innovations Series on Art & Technology Liz Phillips “Graphite Ground” 1988.
Fuji Television Series ” Art & Technology” curated by Itsuo Sakane. 1981.
“Soundings” by Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn 1983.
“New Music America – Minneapolis”, Skip Blumberg.
“Sound Syzygy”. Walker Art Center, James Byrne 1983.
“Interview with Sound Artist Liz Phillips”, Terry Gross 1974. WBFO Radio 1974 Radio Interview with Terry Gross