Liss LaFleur (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans moving image, performance, queer and feminist politics, and installation art. Her work broadly explores relationships between gender, technology, and identity. She is a 2020-22 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow and 2022-23 Initiative for the Advancement of the Arts Fellow.
In 2018, LaFleur was awarded an Immersive Scholar grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research the #MeToo movement and translate public data into a series of immersive videos using 3D animation and conceptual art strategies. Combining traditional stained glass techniques with advanced rendering technologies, this series created a new visual vocabulary to reimagine digital activism as a sacred space. In 2019, this project was acquired into the #MeToo Digital Media Collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard and it has since been nominated for a Webby Award and installed at the Hearst Museum, Brown University, the Cabell Center, and the iPearl Immersive Theater.
With a demonstrated capacity to work across artistic mediums, LaFleur's work is exhibited and screened internationally. Notable representations include: the TATE Modern, UK; Cannes Court Métrage, FR; Hearst Museum; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; PBS/ POV Digital; the Reykjavik Art Museum, IS; South by Southwest; Artespacio Galeria de Arte, Santiago, Chile; the Museum of Glass, US; Sister Gallery, AU; and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea. She has been a finalist for the Foundwork Art Prize (2019), Art Prize (2017), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2018), the Lumen Prize (2016), and the Edie Windsor Coding Fellowship (2019). She is a recipient of the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship (2014), and a pupil of documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark.
LaFleur was raised in Houston, TX and holds a MFA in Media Art from Emerson College in Boston, MA where she was an Arts Fellow and affiliated researcher exploring transmedia activism as part of the Ford Foundation “Out for Change” initiative at the MIT Media Lab. She is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of New Media Art in the College of Visual Art & Design at the University of North Texas, and is represented by Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas.
Research Interests: video art, digital art, art + activism, queer art, future feminist discourse, immersive installation, emerging technologies, and expanded cinema
Liss LaFleur is an American artist, educator, and activist. Through her interdisciplinary arts-based research, production, and experimentation she explores queer identity and the future of feminism.
LaFleur has exhibited, screened, and lectured internationally including at the TATE (London), the Reykjavik Art Museum (Iceland), SXSW (Austin, TX), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), Hermes Arts Center (Brazil), Telematic Media Arts (San Francisco, CA), Museum of Glass (Seattle, WA), and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (South Korea). She is the recipient of a Citizen Artist Fellowship with the John F. Kennedy Center, an Immersive Scholar Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and earned her MFA as a Media Art Fellow at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is an Associate Professor of New Media Art at the University of North Texas.