Lisa K. Blatt

Adjunct Faculty
New Genres and MFA Faculty

Lisa K. Blatt is attracted to the light, beauty, and simplicity of the desert, but stays for its complexity, contradictions, and secrets. She often works in extreme landscapes, including camping on a live volcano in Antarctica where she survived a Condition One storm trapped in her tent for six nights. 

Her work has been exhibited widely internationally and domestically, including: Polar Extremes, a solo show at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography Reykjavik, Iceland (2009), Sound Design for Future Films, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2008), the Shanghai Biennial (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Paranoia at the Freud Museum in London, England (2007) and Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba, the solo show “Night Light” at Mills College Art Museum (2006) (in conjunction with Particulate Matter), Air Cube+ Land/Art at the Richard Levy Gallery in New Mexico (2009), 2011 WPA Experimental Media Series, Juror Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, Washington, DC with screenings including: Phillips Collection Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC and First Look at the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York where she was juried in by Cindy Sherman, Adam Fuss, and Jack Pierson.

She has been awarded many grants and residencies including the: National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writers Program (2008), Kitteredge Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (2006, 2007, 2011), and Djerassi Foundation (2010). In 2005, she camped and worked in the Atacama Desert in Chile for over a month with a scientist team from Nasa and Carnegie Mellon. Her work is included in several private collections, including the collection of Ned Rifkin, the former Under Secretary of Art of the Smithsonian Institution and former Director of the Hirshhorn Museum.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • Desert Water, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, 2011 (solo)
  • Slow Art, McMurdo, Antarctica, 2011
  • Lost in Space, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2011
  • WPA Experimental Media Series, Phillips Museum and Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 2011
  • Polar Extremes, Photography Museum of Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009 (solo)
  • Sound Design for Future Films, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden, 2008
  • Shanghai Biennial: Animamux from Modernity to Eternity, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China, 2007

Selected Publications: 

  • Le Duc, Aimee, “The San Francisco Triple Fair Affair,”, May 24, 2011
  • “Gallery Opening of the Week, Remote,” Washington Post, Washington, DC, October 29, 2010
  • ”Pick of the Week, Remote,” Daily Candy, Washington, DC, October 28, 2010
  • ”Remote review,” Washington, DC, November 8, 2010
  • “Event of the Week: Polar Extremes,” Iceland Review, October 5, 2009
  • ”Recognise,” Artforum, November 2007
  • Crimes and Splendors, NRC Handelsblad  Netherlands, 2007
  • Croomer, Martin, “Middle Ground” The Big Issue, London, 2007


  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
  • JD, University of Michigan Law School
  • AB, Duke University