Elizabeth Tolson is an Expanded Media Artist and Educator whose work explores the boundaries of art, technology, and feminism. Tolson holds an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design (2013) and a BFA from Alfred University (2010). Challenging group norms through over-representation of societies gender flaws, she draws the audience in with her provocative work. She has participated in residencies at Benaco Arte, Open Wabi, Lacawac Sanctuary, and ProjectArt at the Bushwick Brooklyn Library. Tolson’s work has been featured in New York Time’s T Magazine, Styleite, Make Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Adafruit. Exhibits include Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA; The Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series at The Philips Collection in Washington D.C.; Cuchifritos Gallery in New York City, SXSW in Austin, Texas, and K&P Gallery in Chelsea, NY. Tolson currently based in Brooklyn, NY where she is Part Time Faculty at Parsons the New School for Design.
2013, MFA in Design and Technology, Parsons, The New School for Design, New York NY
2010, BFA in Expanded Media and minor in Art History, Alfred University, Alfred NY
2018 (Anticipated), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate, The New School, NY, NY
2009, Women’s Studies Certificate, Women’s Leadership Academy, Alfred, NY
2017, Work in Progress Residency, Textile Arts Center, New York, New York (1 Month)
2017, Lawcawac Artists' Residency, Lake Ariel, PA, Scholarship Awarded (2 Weeks)
2017, Benaco Arte, Sirmione, Italy, Fellowship Awarded (2 Weeks)
2016-2017, ProjectArt, Social Justice and Practice Residency, Bushwick, New York (1 Year)
2016, Open Wabi, Man·u·fac·ture Residency, Fredericktown, Ohio (2 Weeks)
2017, Artist in Residence Lecture, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel ,PA
2017, Benaco Arte’s Artist in Residence Lecture, Sirmoine, Italy
2016, Social Justice and Practice Artist Residency Lecture, ProjectArt, New York, NY
2016, Visiting Artist, Denison University, Ohio
2015, Woman of Influence: Guest Artist, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2014, Internet Week, New York, NY
2013, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2013, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY
2016, MFA Wearable Technology Final Critique, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2014, MFA Creativity and Computation Final Critique, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2016 - Present, Part Time Faculty, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2016 -Present, Teaching Artist, Brooklyn College Art Lab, Brooklyn, NY
2016 - Summer, Sustainable Fashion Educator, The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
2016-2017, Teaching Artist, ProjectArt, Brooklyn Bushwick Library, Brooklyn, NY
2016-2017, Teaching Artist, KoKo Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011-2013, Faculty Workshop Instructor, The New School, New York, NY
2017, Wearable Technology: Simple Circuits, Textile Arts Center, New York, NY
2017, Wearable Technology: Simple Circuits, New York Electronic Arts Festival, New York , NY
2017, Multimedia Self Portraits for ProjectArt Gala, Red Bull Art Studio, New York, NY
2017, ProjectArt’s Weaving and Fiber Arts Workshop, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2015, Wearable Technology, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York, NY
2014, Wearable Technology: Simple Circuits, Internet Week Conference, New York, NY
2015-2016, Artist Assistant, Monika Bravo, Queens, NY
2014-2016, Lead Freelance Studio Assistant, Roy Braeger Design, Brooklyn, NY
2014-2015, Design and Fabrication Freelancer, Design Compendium, Brooklyn, NY
2014, Interactive Costume Designer, Arch Contemporary Ballet, New York, NY
2013, Costume and Set Designer, And She Bakes, LIVE! at Dixon Place and Fringe Festival, New York, NY
2010-2011, Intern Coordinator, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York, NY
2017, Not a Rehearsal, In Flux of Upturned Please, El Museo De Los Sures, Brooklyn, NY
2017, Beyond the Sight, K&P Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2017, Carnaval De Luz, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, New York, NY
2017, Nasty Women, ABD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016, Parsons DT-SXSW SXstyle Wearable Technology and Functional Garments, SXSW, Westin Austin, Texas
2015, The Loft Show, Mckibbin Lofts: Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, New York
2014, Understanding Media: The Extensions of the Human Being, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, New York
(Jurors: Holly Crawford, Director, Editor of AC Institute; Jill Conner, Founder of AS Artist Studio; Michela Bondardo, Board Member of MoMA International Art Council; Vida Sabbaghi, Guest Curator for the Queens Museum of Art; Alison Pierz, Curator)
2013, Carte Blanche, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
(Juror: Anthony Ryan Auld, Fashion Designer, Featured on Project Runway)
2013, MFA Design and Technology Thesis Exhibition, Parsons, New York, NY
2013, Disparate Perspectives, Parsons, New York, NY
2012, Witness Material, Cuchifritos, New York, NY
2010, Ladyfest Bellingham, The Meat Market, Bellingham, WA
2010, BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Davis Gym, Alfred, NY
2010, We Do What We Want! Part Two: Hot Video, Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY
2009, We Do What We Want!, Harder Hall, Alfred, NY
2007, Change Me, Women’s Leadership Center, Alfred, NY
2014, Bushwick Daily Short Film Festival, Bizarre, Brooklyn, NY
2013, Guilty Please, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
2013, Break in Case of Fabulous, Mazelle, Brooklyn, NY
2012, iLike Market, Family Business Gallery, New York, NY (Curator: Lucia Love, Artist)
2011, Data Happy, Tas Kafe, Beacon, NY
2011, Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, (Juror: DJ Spooky, Artist & Writer)
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.,
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington D.C.,
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2010, Female Shorts: Films & Video Showcase,Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2010, The 10th Annual T-10 Festival, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA
2010, Clifton Film Festival, Clifton Town Park, Clifton, VA
2010, The Media Lab, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2010, The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang, China
2014, Make: Wearables on the Runway, Jacob Javis Center, New York, NY
2013, #artwedding, Fitness Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Co-Collaborator: Cem Kocyildirim, Artist)
2011, End to End, Harvestworks, New York, NY (Co-Curators: Zeljka Blak, Artist; Moyi Zhang, Artist)
2015 - Ashley Hoffman, “A Three-Dimensional, LED-Lit Dance Costume that Exposes the Performer — Or Hides Her”, New York Times’ T Magazine, June 5, 2015.
2015 – “Elizabeth Tolson – Brooklyn, New York”, 365 Artists 365 Days, Feb. 23, 2015.
2015 – Mariella,”Das Menstruationskleid: Stopp – Ich Menstruiere!”, Sleaze Magazine, Feb. 5, 2015.
2015 – Matt Richardson, “Fashion Forward, Nine designers blending apparel and technology”, Make: Magazine, February 2015, 36-37.
2015 – Amber Frost, “ On the Rag: Sci-Fi Dress Warns ‘I’M ON MY F*CKING PERIOD’ with LED Lights!”, Dangerous Minds, Jan. 22, 2015.
2015 – Genista, “Interactive LED Dress Changes Color When the Wearer is Menstruating or Touched Inappropriately”, Jan. 7, 2015.
2015 – Laura Smith, “This dress alarms when the wearer is touched inappropriately”, Design Faves, 2015.
2014 – Matt Richardson, “Wearables in Contemporary Ballet”, Make, New York, NY, November 2014.
2014 – Matt Richardson, “Make: Wearables Projects on the Runway”, Makezine, Nov 8, 2014.
2014 – Ashley Hoffman, “LED Artist Elizabeth Tolson on Chastity Pledges Slut Shaming and Her Light Up Fertility Dress”, Styleite, Mar. 24 2014.
2013 – Joanna Derkaczew, “Blogi Wysokich Obcasów”, Wysokieobcasy.pl. Oct. 4, 2013.
2010 – Marie Biondolilo, “Ladyfest Art Show: June 17-20 – Meat Market.” What’s Up! Magazine, July 6, 2010.
Publications as Author
2013 – “Vessel: A Series of Dresses Specially Designed for the Female Body – Fashioning Technology Featured Post”, Fashioningtech.com, July 2013.