Over the last three decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed. One of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, genetic engineering, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political . Over the last forty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art.
Lynn Hershman Leeson is a recipient of the d.velop digital art Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious award in the field of digital arts, as well as a Siggraph Lifetime Achievement Award, Eureka and Rainen Fellowships, Prix Ars Electronica Grand Prize, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2014 was named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.
She has created four feature films- Strange Culture, Teknolust, Conceiving Ada and !Women Art Revolution: A Secret History. Strange Culture is a biography about Artist Steve Kurtz and his subsequent arrest by the FBI as a suspected bioterrorist for having and Science supplies in his home. While Teknolust, starring Tilda Swinton, explores genetic engineering new life. All her movies are in worldwide distribution and have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others. She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize for writing and directing Teknolust. !Women Art Revolution received the Grand Prize in 2013 from the Festival of films on Art in Montreal.
Art work by Lynn Hershman Leeson is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the William Lehmbruck Museum, the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Walker Art Center in addition to many celebrated private collections. Recently honored with grants from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Nathan Cummings Foundation, she is also the recipient of a Siemens International Media Arts Award, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.
In 2004 Stanford University Libraries acquired Hershman Leeson’s working archive. Secret Agents Private I, The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson was published by The University of California Press. Hershman Leeson is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, served as Chair of the film Department at San Francisco Art Institute and 2013-14 Distinguished Artist, New School for Social Engagement.