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Liz Cohen

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1505
Biography: 

Photographer and performance artist Liz Cohen (American, b. 1973) is best known for her project BODYWORK, in which she transformed an aging East German Trabant into an American El Camino lowrider, and herself into a car customizer and bikini model. Cohen’s earlier work CANAL, a series of black and white photographs and performances, documents sex workers on the fringe of the Panama Canal Zone. In her more recent work, HIM, she depicts an ostracized poet through black and white photographs, weavings, and collaged textiles. Cohen’s work has been characterized as examining immigration, nonconformity, and resistance.

Cohen has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. She has exhibited work at Site Santa Fe, Ballroom Marfa, the Cranbrook Art Museum, Färgfabriken, and Museum Tinguely. Her projects have been written about in the New York Times, Art in America and Lowrider Magazine. Cohen received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University.

Cohen’s work is interdisciplinary, bringing together inquiry in women’s studies, literature, poetry, and auto mechanics as well as expertise in documentary photography, performance, video, installation, and sculpture.

Education: 

MFA, Photography, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA - 2000

BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA – 1996

BA, Philosophy, cum laude with high thesis honors, Tufts University, Medford, MA - 1996

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 205Photography II: Color
ART 404Portraiture Photography
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 595Continuing Registration
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 403Senior Photographic Projects
ART 494Special Topics
HDA 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
HDA 598Special Topics
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 301Alternative Processes I
ART 404Portraiture Photography
ART 493Honors Thesis
ART 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 598Special Topics
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 403Senior Photographic Projects
ART 494Special Topics
HDA 494Special Topics
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
HDA 598Special Topics
ART 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 404Portraiture Photography
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 598Special Topics
ART 621Studio Problems
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 205Photography II: Color
ART 403Senior Photographic Projects
ART 592Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 404Portraiture Photography
ART 501Cross-Practice Critique
ART 598Special Topics