Elizabeth Stehling



Elizabeth Stehling grew up riding horses and going to folk dances in the foothills of Appalachia. She creates videos that use symbolic movements, communal dances, and loaded gestures as the basis to explore conditions and moods between the individual and society. Recent work questions the impacts of technology on the relationship to time, consciousness, and ability to experience the sublime. 

Her accomplishments have taken her to the Currents New Media Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Omaha Film Festival and more. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Wassaic Project, Rensing Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Plug Projects. She received the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker Award, a grant from Kansas City's Art in the Loop, and most recently, has been awarded a 18-19 Studio Residency with the Charlotte Street Foundation.

Elizabeth graduated from the Pratt Institute in NYC with her MFA in 2010 and received her BA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2005. She lives in Kansas City where she works at the Kansas City Ballet, producing their videos and digital content. She continues to explore videos and collaborations often around the theme of movement.


2010                  MFA           Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Distinguished Award                 
2005                  BA             The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Honors
2015                                   Northwestern University, Continuing Education, Museum Studies, Online
2007                                   New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Boston, MA
2004                                   Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA, Cortona, Italy


Selected Exhibitions and Screenings (*denotes solo)
2018    Long Winter, Video Screening, Tranzac Club, Toronto, Canada
            Run Riot, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
            Charlotte Street Studio Residency, Kansas City, MO            
            Digital Flat Files, H&R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO
            *Plug Projects, Time Trials, Residency & Screening, Kansas City, MO
2017    Pattern Languages, Curated by Kate Hackman, Rockhurst Gallery, Kansas City, MO
            Silkscreen Happening, Art Haus, Greenville, SC
            KCAI Annual Continuing Education Exhibition, Kansas City, MO
2016    Room & Board, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
            Inspired Pedestrians, Art in the Loop film screening, KC Skyline, 1724 Main St, Kansas City, MO
            Inspired Pedestrians, Art in the Loop public performance, Kansas City, MO; July 2016
            Fernweh & Heimweh: Collective group exhibition by Anke Becker, Tete, Berlin, Germany
2015    Local Filmmaker's Showcase, Film Streams, Omaha, NE
            Rural, Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseberg, OR; Curator Sandee McGee
            Nebraska City Fine Arts, KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
            Filmideo, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ
            Currents New Media Festival, Experimental Documentary, Sante Fe, NM
2014    Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, Colorado Springs, CO
            Seeing the Sky, Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition, Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY
            Aspen ShortsFest, Aspen, CO
            Kansas City International Film Fest, Kansas City, MO
            Pratt Institute Alumni Exhibition, Steuben Gallery; Organized by Honey Ramka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
            Pivot, The Film House+Arthaus+Artisphere Event and Festival, Greenville, SC
            Omaha Film Festival, Omaha, NE
            Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
            *Movement Studies, Hastings College, NE
2013    Grand Point Weird Video Festival, Grand Point North, Burlington, VT
            Wassaic Short Film Festival, Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY
            My Place in the World, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Smart Arts & National Endowment for the Arts, Greenville, SC
2012    *Mayim/Waters, Video Screening, Hughes Greenville County Library, Greenville, SC
            Forward.Rewind.Repeat, Ground Arts, Chelsea, NYC
            Prime Time, Asheville Art Museum, New Media Wing, Asheville NC
            Ready for Prime Time, City Mac, Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC
2011    Jim Arendt, Michael Ohgren, Elizabeth Stehling, HUB-BUB Showroom, Spartanburg, SC
            Ikono TV Art Channel: Broadcast in Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia
            Art Connect Berlin, Lab for Electronic & Performing Arts (LEAP), Berlin, Germany
            Pratt Harlem Project, Pratt Artists League, Harlem, NYC
            Come and Go with Me: Performance, White Whale Studios, Greenville, SC
            Receiverfest Time-Based Media Festival, Redux Art Center, Charleston, SC
            Visual Reverberations, White Whale Studios, Greenville, SC
            Intimacy, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL
            Sketchbook, The Vagabundas נוודות של אמנות, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010    Emerging Carolinas Juried Exhibition, HUB-BUB, Spartanburg, SC
            Carolinas Got Art, Elder Gallery-Atherton Mill, Charlotte, NC
            *Many Breaths: Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Studios Gallery, Pratt Institute, NY
            Pratt MFA 2010 Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
            A Piece of Pratt, LABA Gallery, 14th Street Y, NY; curated by Tzili Charney
2009    Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery- Politics & Media, New York, NY
            The Ship is a Destination Caroline, Flushnik Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; curated by Margaret Coleman
            Imaging Desire, Aegis Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, Hite Institute, KY
2008    Big, Charlotte Art League Group Exhibition, Charlotte, NC
            33rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Anderson County Arts Center, SC
2007    Layered Interpretations: Work of Elizabeth Stehling and Noah Desmond, Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2005    Vacuum, King St, Charleston, SC; organized by Redux Contemporary Art Center
2004    La Mostra, University of Georgia Group Exhibition, Cortona, Italy
2001    South Carolina State House, Columbia, SC


2016                 Art in the Loop Grant, Downtown Council partnership, Kansas City, MO
                         Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker Award, Kansas City Film Society, Kansas City, MO
2014-15            The Catalyst Award, The Sherwood Foundation, NE
2012                  Artist Support Grant, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC; Quarterly Award
2010                  Emerging Carolinas, HUB-BUB, Spartanburg, SC; Artistic Excellence
2010                  Pratt Institute Fine Art Department, NYC; Award for Artistic Merit
2009                  Imaging Desire, Hite Institute, KY; Aegis Award for Artistic Excellence
2001                  Archibald Rutledge State Tuition Scholarship; Award Winner in Visual Arts, SC

Permanent Collections
                          Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Permanent Collection, NE
                          Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute, CO
                          Roselle Family Private Collection, NC
                          Rasor Family Private Collection, SC

Artist Residencies (workshops, courses)
2018                  Studio Resident, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO
2017                  Digital Workflow Class, Kansas City Art Institute Continuing Ed, KCMO
2016                  Discover Printmaking Class, Kansas City Art Institute Continuing Ed, KCMO
2016                  Artist INC Fellowship, Kansas City, MO
2015                  Letterpress Express Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, NYC
                          Etching Workshop with Karen Kunc, Constellation Studios, Lincon, NE
2014                  Artist in Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
2013                  Artist in Residence, Wassaic Project Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY; June-July, Collaboration with Steve Snell
2011-12             Inhabiting the Body, Somatic Workshop Series with Jennie Wakefield, Greenville, SC
2011                  Open Class, Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation, Sharon Lockhardt-Noa Eskol, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010                  Artist-in-Residence, The Rensing Center, Pickens, SC
2010                  Anna Halprin Movement Workshop, Judson Memorial Church, NYC
2010                  Patricia Hoffbauer Performance Workshop, Pratt Institute, NYC
2008                  Tony Griffin Painting Studios, Charlotte, NC and Italy
2007                  Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC


Visiting Artist (symposium)
2018                  Guest Lecturer, "Making a Scene Tours," Artist's Eye: Angela Dufresne, The Kemper Museum, KC, MO                 
2018                  Guest Lecturer, "The Art of the Digital Presence," University of Central Missouri, MO
2016                  Panelist, Art in the Loop, Kansas City Public Library, Downtown Branch, Kansas City, Missouri
2015                  Panelist, Emerging Program Institute, Alliance of Artist Communities, Omaha, NE
2015                  Visiting Artist, Peru State College Art Department, Peru, NE
2014                  Visiting Artist, Nebraska City Middle School, NE; Video collaboration with 8th graders
2012                  Artist Lecture, Mayim/Waters, Greenville Public Library, Greenville, SC
2012                  Guest Lecturer in Humanities, Israel, Spartanburg Community College, SC
2011                  Visiting Artist, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
2010                  Guest, Bodies and Performance, The Academic Initiatives Commitee, Pratt Institute, NYC; with Ira Livingston and Lisabeth During


Performance (participant)
2010                  William Pope. L: Landscape + Object  + Animal, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC
2009                  The Endless Pace, Davide Balula, Performa 2009, 590 Madison Ave Atrium, NYC
2005                  Hillman Curtis: Films on Films: Spinal Tap, 2005, NYC


Professional Experience
2016- Present
Digital Marketing Manager
Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City, MO
Film and edit videos for marketing of the ballet company, ballet school, and the season productions. Create and manage digital content including social media engagement, electronic communications, audio/visual presentations, and photography.

2014- 2015
Program Director
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
Direct and manage all areas of artist residency programming, communications, gallery, and facilities. Demonstrate leadership and vision in advancing the Center's mission. Cultivate lasting relationships with visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists and expand their resources and impact while in residence. Strengthen alumni relationships with past residents through exhibits, correspondance, and social media. Curate and advance knowledge of KHN permanent collection artworks including scheduling first touring exhibition throughout Nebraska. Lead tours and host guests. Speak, present, develop, and host public events including gallery receptions, monthly open studios and private events. Engage local, regional, and national dialogue on the role of artist communities as cataylsts for artistic creation and community innovation.

2005- Present
Freelance Video Production                                                   
Direct, produce, shoot, and edit short videos for promotion, event, fundraising, and educational purposes.  Past projects include graphic design and print concepts.  Clients include Pacha Soap, Hastings, NE; American Heart Association Lincoln, NE; Prairie Loft of Hastings, NE; Hastings College, NE; The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville, SC; The Metropolitan Arts; Council, Greenville, SC; The Rensing Center, Pickens, SC; The College of Charleston Alumni Department, Charleston, SC; The George Street Observer at the College of Charleston, SC; City Lights Coffee, Charleston, SC; Drip Cafe, Columbia, SC.

2010- 2014
Adjunct Art Professor
Hastings College, Hastings, NE
Spring 2013- Spring 2014      Introduction to Art

University of South Carolina, Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
Spring 2012                           Art Appreciation         
Summer 2012                        Drawing I

Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC        
Fall 2010- Spring 2014           Art Appreciation (online, hybrid, and classroom)
Fall 2011                                Art Since 1945
Fall 2011- Fall 2012                Drawing I
Spring- Fall 2012                    Drawing II

2009- 2010
Visiting Artist Lecture Series Co-Director                                                    
Pratt Institute’s School of Art & Design, Brooklyn, NY
Duties included scouting, scheduling, and publicizing speakers for lecture series including visual conception and copy for print materials, hosting internationally-recognized artists, and documenting the event.

2008- 2009
Exhibition Department Assistant, Pratt Manhattan Gallery,  New York City, NY
Managed permanent collection documentation and inventory, installed artwork for exhibitions, shipped artworks, assisted exhibition directors with office administration, gallery operations, graphic design, filing, costs, and budgets.

2004 – 2005
Graphic Design Assistant, David Carson Design Inc., Charleston, SC
Learned revolutionary design techniques from principal designer including layout for print and online publishing and typography; Assisted Carson in design for local and national design projects; scheduled travel appointments and presentations nationally and internationally; managed correspondence, output, and formatting of files.