Lia Halloran was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up surfing and skateboarding in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Pacifica, CA. She developed a love of science at her first job, during high school, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Halloran received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1999 and her MFA in Painting in Printmaking from Yale University in 2001. Halloran’s work often makes use of scientific concepts as a starting point and explores how perception, time and scale inform 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. She is currently working on a book with physicist Kip Thorne about the Warped Side of the Universe with Kips poetry and her paintings. In 2016 Halloran was awarded a Art Works Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for the project Your Body is a Space that Sees
Halloran’s work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Speyer Family Collection (New York, NY), The Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland, OH) and the Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi, TX). Solo exhibitions have been held at DCKT Contemporary (New York, NY), Martha Otero Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Hilger NEXT (Vienna, Austria), Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami, FL), LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA) and Sandroni Rey (Los Angeles, CA). 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.
Lia Halloran lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and serves as Assistant Professor of Art as the Director of the Painting and Drawing Department at Chapman University in Orange, CA, where she teaches painting as well as courses that explore the intersection of art and science.
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