Elizabeth Sher has been an active artist and filmmaker in the Bay Area for more than 4 decades.  She is Professor Emeritus of Art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Her artist books, prints and paintings have been shown at many university art museums and the San Francisco and San Jose Museums of Art, with solo shows in San Francisco, and across the country including Dallas and Houston, TX. Sher's films have been honored with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the Western Regional Media Arts Fellowship Fund, The Zellerbach Family Fund, The Anheuser-Busch Foundation, The Pacific Pioneer Fund, and the Union of Independent Colleges of Art. Sher is the winner of a 2014 Fleishhacker Small Film Grant and the 2012 First Place Roy Dean Grant for Film. Her films have been honored at film festivals and broadcast nationally and internationally.

Recently Sher has attended several artist’s residencies. Back in her studio the photographs, sketches and small paintings made there inspire more evolved and finished works on canvas and also artist’s books.  In 2015 Sher completed PENNY, a 30 minute documentary about Penny Cooper, renown criminal defense attorney at collector of art by women. The film has been honored as a Official Festival Selections include the Athens International Film & Video Festival,OH; Intendence Film Festival, CO; Port Townsend Film Festival, WA; Big Muddy Film Festival, MI and the OUTrageous Film Festival, CA.  

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Crossing the Digital Divide 6, digital print with acrylic paint on canvas

Boom!, digital print with acrylic paint and glitter on canvas

Poster for PENNY © 2015 a 30 minute documentary by Elizabeth Sher

7 Days in Otranto, artist’s book, marble paper cover with leather bindin

Arbres Arrencats d’Ametles  (Upturned Almond Trees), artist’s book with leather binding.  Text by Maw Shein Win