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Lia Halloran

Associate Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art
Expertise: Contemporary Art; Painting/Drawing; Interdisciplinary Practice; Art/Science Collaborations
Office Location: Moulton Hall 222
Office Hours: Fall 2022: M & W 10:00am – noon & 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Yale University, Master of Fine Arts


Lia Halloran received her BA in Art from UCLA in 1999 and continued to take astronomy class while pursuing her MFA Painting in Printmaking at Yale in 2001. Halloran’s work often uses concepts in science as a bounding point for her work, exploring how perception, time, and scale informs the human desire to understand the world and our emotional and psychological place within it. Halloran has participated in several interdisciplinary projects with a variety of collaborators to curate exhibitions, write on art and science intersections and experiment with new media technologies. Solo exhibitions of her artwork have been held at venues in New York at DCKT Contemporary, Fredric Snitzer in Miami, FL, La Montagne Gallery in Boston, Sandroni Rey in Los Angeles, Artisphere, Arlington Virginia, Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles, Pulse in London, England,  Hilger NEXT in Vienna, Austria and most recently at SACI in Florence, Italy. Her work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, The Speyer Family Collection, New York, The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland and the Art Museum of South Texas. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, ArtNews, and New York Magazine among others. Halloran has recently been awarded National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works for Visual Arts grant ‘Your Body is A Space That Sees’ about the historical contribution of women in astronomy and opening at Caltech in June of 2016 will be an exhibition tilted ‘Deep Sky Companion’ consisting of over 110 separate works cataloging the night sky. Lia Halloran lives and works in Los Angeles and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Painting and Drawing at Chapman University where she also teaches courses that look at how creativity and problem solving can be the point of intersection for art and science.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

'Stargazers', curated by Tyler Stallings, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa, CA
'Everywoman Biennial', curated by C. Finley, Bendix, Los Angeles, CA,
'Lost in the Sky', curated by Lauren Malbrecht, Arts Exhibition Grant Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports
Your Body is a Space That Sees, produced by Lapis Press in Los Angeles, with written contributions by: Nina Renata Aron, Diane Ackerman, Dava Sobel, Rebecca Oppenheimer, Jennifer Oulette, Janna Levin, Maria Popova, Anna Leahy, Lia Halloran. Design by Claudine Jaenichen
Untitled San Francisco, with Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, San Francisco, CA
LUX INSTITUTE, Solo Exhibition: September 7 — November 3, 2018, Artist In Residence: September 7 — October 6, 2018, Encinitas, CA
Wilderness, The Space Issue, Lia Halloran, Your Body is a Space That Sees, January 2018
Group Exhibition: Expo Chicago with Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Chicago, Il
Expo Chicago with Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Chicago, Il
Space is The Place, C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
Untitled, with Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles Miami, FL
Solar Painter, The Limit Does Not Exist, Forbes podcast with Christina Wallace and Cate Scott Campbell
Brown, Diane, “Diacritcs” 44, no 1, Cornell University, New York. Featured artist throughout publication.
Krupp. E.C., Cosmic Blueprints, Review of 'Your Body is a Space That Sees', Griffith Observer, September 2017.
Review: LA Times. Mizota, Sharon, Before 'Hidden Figures,' There Were the Harvard Computers. Now their work has inspired this art, Los Angeles Times, May 2017
The Warped Side of Our Universe (Upcoming 2015), Prose by Kip Thorne, Paintings by Lia Halloran, Co-authored and illustrated with Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Passage/ Dark Skate, Paris Photo, Luis de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Curated Exhibition: Better Far Pursue a Frivolous Trade by Serious Means, than a Sublime Art Frivolously, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University Los Angeles.
Cash Cans and Candy Catalog, published in Vienna by Verlag for Modern Kunst, Galerie Hilger NEXT, Hilger BROT Kunsthalle. Artwork published in catalog, with essay by Katrin-Sophie Dworczak.
Solo Exhibition, The Wonder Room, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
PUBLICATIONS Text(ure), Modeling, Collage: Creative Writing and Visual Arts Pedagogy. Writing project in collaboration with Anna Leahy (Professor of Poetry) and Claudine Jaenichen (Associate Professor of Graphic Design). The project explores balances of ritual and experimentation, intellect and empathy, and self- expression, and audience in creative writing, studio art and graphic design.
Text(ure), Modeling, Collage: Creative Writing and the Visual Arts. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014 pages 117-133 DOI:10.1080/14790726.2013.871296 Anna Leahya*, Lia Halloranb & Claudine Jaenichenb Chapman University The project explores balances of ritual and experimentation, intellect and empathy, and self- expression and audience in creative writing, studio art and graphic design. Examples of teaching practices and other pedagogical commonalities in the three areas are also main focal points.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 2013 Haeney, Caitlin, ‘Sidewalk’s Up’, The Times-Tribune, PA Grega, Alicia ‘The Artists’ Studio: Sidewalk Surfing’, The 570 Hughes, Christopher J., ‘A 360-Degree Look at Skateboarding’, Timesleader 2012 Reviews, Harpers Magazine, November 2012 Mason, Shana Beth, “Lia Halloran,” Artvoices Magazine, August. Grattan, Nikki, “Lia Halloran, Painter, Artist,” In The Make, Studio Visits with Artist and Designers, Spring. Amir, “Lia Halloran’s Photographic Line Drawings Created by Skateboarding with Light,” Beautiful Decay Magazine, June. Loud Speaker, “Skateboarding with light- stunning photographs by Lia Halloran,” Mumble in the Jungle, June. Bonker, Dawn, “Get Creative,” Chapman Magazine, Spring 2012. Alumit, Noel, “Tilt-shift: Queer Art Moving in Different Directions,” Huffington Post, February 16. Martinez, Alanna. “10 Global Art Exhibitions, From Daniel Heidkamp’s Luscious Landscapes to Ed Kienholz’s Early Works,” ARTINFO, January 27. 2011 Lacoste, Christina, “Off the Wall,” Dig Boston, November 11. Walsh, Colleen, “Scaling Up and Down,” Harvard Gazette, November 10. Slawitschka, Kurt, “Measure’s a Measured Success,” The Harvard Crimson, November 8. Size Matters,” Boston Globe, November 7. Dela, Sasha, “Texas Contemporary Art Fair,” Temporary Art Review, November 1. 2010 Rule, Doug, “Crystal City: Lia Halloran and Sarah Strauss have created a ‘cave’ of huge ‘crystals’, on display at Artshpere,” Metro Weekly, November 18. Campbell, Rebecca & Nicole Walker, ed. “A Game of Artist’s Telephone, Day 7,” The Huffington Post, September 1. Siegel, Miranda, ed. “Galleries – Downtown – Lia Halloran,” New York Magazine, April 5. 2009 Melrod, George. “’Superficiality and Superexcrescence’ at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery,” Art Ltd., September. Myers, Holly. “Art Review: ‘Superficiality and Superexcrescence’ at Ben Maltz Gallery,” Los Angeles Times, July 8.
‘Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations’ Hong-Poretta Souris, Publisher: Penguin Group USA
CURATED EXHIBITIONS 2012 Gestalt, Facilitated and Curated senior Chapman Student two-person exhibition, Advocate Gochis Galleries, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, CA. Reviewed in the Huffington Post, and Advocate Magazine. 2011 Measure for Measure, Travelling exhibition to Harvard University Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Fall 2012, and Chapman University’s Guggenheim Gallery, Spring 2011. 2010 Measure for Measure, Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Exhibition delved into issues and consideration of ‘scale’ as a theme for both artists and scientist. Co-curated with Dr. Lisa Randall, Harvard University, Department of Physics.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 Sublimation / Transmutation, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 Folding/ Unfolding, Artisphere, Terrance Gallery, Arlington, VA (Two-person collaboration Collider with the architecture firm, Big Prototype in New York) The Only Way Out Is Through, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY * 2008 Dark Skate, DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY Dark Skate Miami, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL Dark Skate, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA 101 California Street, San Francisco, CA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2012 Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA 2011 Universe City, The Fine Arts Gallery at CSULA, Los Angeles, CA Oniomania, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain * Skateboarding Side Effects, Terrace Gallery at Artisphere, Arlington, VA The Rise of RAD: Contemporary Art and the Influence of the Urethane Revolution, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA Girls Just Want to Have Funds, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Superficiality and Superexcrescence, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA * 2008 Ultrasonic International III: Elementary, My Dear Watson, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA * Group Exhibition, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA 2006-8 Space is the Place, curated by Alex Baker and Toby Kamps for Independent Curators International, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield, MI; Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY *