Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has received international acclaim for her art and films. She is recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. She is considered one of the most influential media artists and has made pioneering contributions in photography, video, film, performance, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art.
Lynn Hershman Leeson's retrospective exhibition CIVIC RADAR, organized and produced in 2014 by the ZKM (Center for New Media Art), Karlsruhe, Germany, acknowledged her contribution to the global new media arts community and was enthusiastically received as it evolved into other museum presentations including Modern Art Oxford, the Lehmbruck Museum, and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg. Providing an overview of her pioneering work in video, film, and web-based art, the exhibitions earned wide critical acclaim and spurred accessions by international museums.
Hershman Leeson is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Tate Modern, among others.She was the recipient of a Siggraph Lifetime Achievement Award, Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. In 2017 she received a USA Artist Fellowship and the San Francisco Film Society’s “Persistence of Vision” award. In February 2018 she was awarded the College Art Association’s “Distinguished Feminist Award” and the National Women’s Caucus for Art “Lifetime Achievement Award.”