Lia Halloran

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 144
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am – noon, by appointment
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

Black Sun, Shadow Moon, META Phase 1 Building Permanent Installation
Seeing Stars, University of Leeds, curated by Hondartza Fraga, UK
Your Body is A Space That Sees , LAX Arts Exhibition Grant Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports Arts Program, Terminal 2, Delta, Installation curated by Sarah Cifarelli, wall text by Dave Sobel (2021- 2025)
Solo Exhibition: Double Horizon, Exploratorium, San Francisco May 13th- August 7th, 2022
Video Interview: Double Horizon | Lia Halloran | Exploratorium
13 Ways of Looking, co-authored with Janna Levin, Pioneers Works Broadcast, NY, April 2022
Mancini, Sophie, Space, New York Times, Departures Magazine, January 2022
Seeing Stars, New exhibition takes art into outer space. University of Leeds, UK May 11, 2022
Sobel, Dava, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Sky and Telescope Magazine, January 2022
Amador, Ricky, Conversations on Art: Lia Halloran, California Art Review, Feb 6, 2022
C.O.L.A. Visual Artist Fellowship Catalog, Dr. John Welchman writing for Lia Halloran, (print and online as a downloadable PDF)
Solo Exhibition: 'The Sun Burns My Eyes Like Moons', Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, June 26th- August 13th, 2021
SKY, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, February 20th, 2020- June 15th 2021
C.O.L.A. Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art and Hope, USC Fisher Museum, curated by Edward Goldmund, Los Angeles, CA
Your Body is A Space That Sees, LAX Arts Exhibition Grant Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports Arts Program, Terminal 1 Southwest, 14 original artworks curated by Sarah Cifarelli, wall text by Dava Sobel, historic photo release and glass plate loan, Harvard Archive (2021- 2023)
City Of Los Angeles Visual Artist Fellowship Feature: Lia Halloran
Pacific Standard Time 2024: Grants Awarded; 'Seeing for Yourself: The Art and Science of Visualizing Hidden Worlds', The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Work by contemporary artist Lia Halloran will illuminate the overlooked contributions of women in astronomy from antiquity to the present.
Goldmund, Edward, Review of exhibition 'The Sun Burns My Eyes Like Moons', Voice Magazine, July 9, 2021
Nys Dambrot, Shana, Lia Halloran: The Sun Burns My Eyes Like Moons, Art and Cake Magazine, August 2nd, 2021
Black Hole Survival Guide, Emma Jones for Chemistry World, February 5th, 2021
'How an Astrophysicist and a Painter Stared Down Black Holes', Andy Battaglia for ARTnews
Krupp, Dr. E.C., Blue Blazes (review of The Sun Burns My Eyes Like Moons), Griffith Observer, October 2021
'When Artists and Scientists Team Up', February 17th, 2021, Erin Migdol for the Getty Museum
Art and Science, After Dark at the Exploratorium, San Francisco (Live online event)
'Black Hole Survival Guide', By Janna Levin, artwork by Lia Halloran, Penguin Random House, Knopf
Lost in Space in ‘Black Hole Survival Guide’, Joseph Peschel for the Boston Globe, December 3rd, 2020
Commission of large scale artwork for the Simon's Foundation Flatiron Institute, Center for Computational Astrophysics, New York, NY.
SKY, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, February 20th, 2010- December 20th, 2020.
'Double Horizon', Solo exhibition at the Mullins Gallery, ArtCenter
The Observable Universe: Visualizing the Cosmos in Art, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, September 2019- January 2020
ArtCenter Exhibitions presents Lia Halloran: Double Horizon
'Warped Space, in Paint and Poetry', Caltech magazine, Spring 2020
Lia Halloran: Double Horizon, Britta Cameron for Flaunt Magazine, January 29th, 2020
Alumna’s exhibit explores intersection of space and time through many disciplines, UCLA Daily Bruin by Nina Young
The Warped Side of the Universe, Meter curated by Dava Sobel, Scientific American
Poem: The Warped Side of our Universe, Kip Thorne and Lia Halloran for Scientific American
Tim Ferriss Show 'How to Survive a Black Hole: Instructions and Other Brilliance from Astrophysicist Janna Levin with accompanying artwork by Lia Halloran'
Universe in Verse, live event April 19th, 2020 with Physicists Janna Levin, Kip Thorne, and Brian Greene, musicians Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Amanda Palmer, Zoë Keating, Morley, and Cécile McLorin Salvant, poets Jane Hirshfield, Ross Gay, Marie Howe, and Natalie Diaz, astronomers Natalie Batalha and Jill Tarter, authors Rebecca Solnit, Elizabeth Gilbert, Masha Gessen, Roxane Gay, Robert Macfarlane, and Neil Gaiman, astronaut Leland Melvin, playwright and activist Eve Ensler, actor Natascha McElhone, entrepreneur Tim Ferriss, artists Debbie Millman, Dustin Yellin, and Lia Halloran, cartoonist Alison Bechdel, radio-enchanters Krista Tippett and Jad Abumrad, and composer Paola Prestini with the Young People’s Chorus.
Solo Exhibition: Your Body is a Space That Sees, Schneider Museum, University of Southern Oregon, Ashland, OR. On View: June 18 – September 14, 2019
Solo Exhibition: Lia Halloran: The Same Sky Overarches Us All, University of Maryland Art Gallery, Septemeber 5th- November 22nd. Lia Halloran: The Same Sky Overarches Us All explores the lesser-known history of early women astronomers and the central role they played in modern astronomy, including the discovery and documentation of major celestial bodies. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog produced in Los Angeles by Lapis Press with contributions from authors: Nina Renata Aron, Diane Ackerman, Dava Sobel, Rebecca Oppenheimer, Jennifer Oulette, Janna Levin, Maria Popova, Anna Leahy, and Lia Halloran
'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
Going Public, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
Double Horizon, Solo exhibition, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Double Horizon presents Passage, a new group of photographs that expand upon Lia Halloran's Dark Skate series alongside the artist's first immersive three-channel video installation, Double Horizon (2019), which offers footage of the artist aerially exploring the space above Los Angeles. Her ongoing investigations into the personal, physical, psychological, and scientific exploration of space are the primary focus of these new works as the viewer encounters Halloran both skateboarding the vast urban landscape of Los Angeles and flying above and around its dynamic terrain.
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
At UMD’s Art Gallery, Lia Halloran pays homage to early women in astronomy, The Diamondback by Morgan Pravato, September 9th, 2019
Lia Halloran: Zine and Interview, by Shana Beth Mason, Frontrunner Magazine
In the galleries: L.A. professor finds heavenly inspiration in Harvard Computers, Mark Jenkins for Washington Post, November 1, 2019
Review: Lia Halloran: Double Horizon, Dark Passages, and Portraits of Consciousness, Ezrha Jean Black for Artillery Magazine, April 25th, 2019
Review: At Lux, Lia Halloran creates the experience of science through art, By G. James Daichendt Sep. 30, 2018, San Diego Union-Tribune.
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
Review: When Science Meets Art, by Cosmos: The Science of Everything. April 25th, 2018
Review: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Presents 'From Observation, A Search Party,' at UNTITLED San Francisco 2018, Artfix Daily January 9, 2018
Fulcrum Arts Welcomes Five New Trustees, Pasadena Now, September 21st, 2018
Group Exhibition: Expo Chicago with Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Chicago, Il
Solo Exhibition: Your Body is A Space That Sees, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. April 1st- May 19th.
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: of Your Body is a Space That Sees, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles,, Cofield, Calla, Artist's Stunning New Exhibit Celebrates Harvard's 'Hidden' Female Astronomers, , May 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
Group Exhibition: Uncertainty, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery ArtCenter, Pasadena, CA.
Group Presentation: From Galileo to Mars: Renaissance of the Artsciences: SACI Gallery in Palazzo dei Cartelloni of the research and documentation of 'Your Body is a Space That Sees'.
Solo Exhibition 2016-ongoing: Deep Sky Companion, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
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 *