Liza Jo Eilers

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Monday, November 04, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 319



Liza Jo Eilers, despite popular belief, did not name herself after Lizzo, RZA or SZA but is rather just a nickname her brother gave back in the day that stuck. The spelling is suspect and mistakes were made, so she will willfully answer to anything remotely close to Liza.  Her work deals with dealing with things and not dealing with them. It is somewhere between seriously casual and casually serious. She has a hungry hand and curiosity for food, snacks, being a woman, identity through things/objects, uncomfortable comfort, the everyday and humor.

Liza, for better or worse is a true midwesterner— born in St Paul, Minnesota and raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame (where she wanted to major in fashion) but technically left with a BA in Industrial Design. Then she went to work at a luxury fashion consulting firm in New York City for a few years. While being there, Liza realized that being an artist was actually a thing. I know…you’d think it would have been obvious before that. Anyways, she came back to Chi to get her Post-Baccalaureate certificate from SAIC in 2018 and is on track to receive her MFA in Painting and Drawing at SAIC in 2020.


Image Details:

Cheeto Chair, approx 7'w x 4'd x 6'h, Great Stuff Gaps n' Cracks, chicken wire, 2018