BA Art, California State University Channel Islands
AA Art, Ventura College
Grants & Awards
2016 Bess Pinkstaff Memorial Scholarship
2016-17 Oscher Foundation Scholarship
Art Exhibitions & Festivals
2019 "Ventura College Annual Student Awards Exhibition" May 2-10
Reception May 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm
New Media Gallery & Gallery 2
2019 "Seasons of Migration," Solo Show, Napa Hall CSUCI March 4-April 4.
2019 "New Revolutions" Studio Channel Islands Gallery. Camarillo, California. January 4-26.
2018 "Lab Girl" Ventura College Art Gallery 2. November 1-29. Ventura California
2018 "Family Tree" Souza Family Group Exhibit. Artwalk Ventura, October 6 & 7.
2018 "Polly Wants An Art Cracker"
Art Show California State University, Channel Islands. Napa Gallery. Camarillo, California.
2018 "Arts Under the Stars" CSU Channel Islands. Camarillo California.
2018 "Ventura County Handweavers &
Spinners Guild Show" Fiber Art.
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
2018 "Diversity and Inclusion" presented by the CSUCI Art Secret Society. 643 Project Place. Ventura, California. March 2-30
2018 "32nd Annual Open Competition"
Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura California.
2017 "Sea Lions Say Art Art" Student
Art Show California State University Channel Islands. Napa Gallery. Camarillo, California.
2001-2002 "Ventura College Student Show." Ventura College. Ventura California
Dance Events & Festivals
2010- "Tribal Fest," Sebastapol, California. Featured Teacher. May 24-30.
2010- "Around the World In 80 Days," North Hollywood, California. Event Producer, Choreography & Costume Design, "Saloon Girls." Costume Design "Reform Club." April 24.
2009-"Mythical Creatures- A Fantasy Bellydance Show." North Hollywood, California. Event Producer, Choreography & Costume Design, "Faerie Parade." "Luna Pixie."
2007, 2008-"Tribal Ford Dance Festival." Northumberland UK, Featured teacher.
2005,2006,2007-"Tribal Caravan Dance Festival." Event Producer.
2012 Spin Off Magazine, Fall Issue. A Coiled Yarn Scarf . Fiber Art Piece
2011 Spin Off Magazine, Spring Issue. Elizabeth's Helix Scarf. Fiber Art Piece
2006 Mary Jane's Farm Magazine
Garden Gate Watercolor book
Society of Children's Book Writers &Illustrators
Ventura Country Handweaver's and Spinner's Guild
Elizabeth Souza life’s path has given her the opportunity to work in many artistic genres and media. She is a painter, illustrator, fiber artist, craft teacher, published magazine writer, dancer, choreographer, and costumer. Her fiber art has appeared in the Interweave Press publication Spin Off where she has also published articles. Her watercolor book Garden Gate was printed in Mary Jane’s Farm – No Place Like Home issue. She has presented programs and taught fiber arts workshops on knitting and spinning. Her watercolor and oil paintings have been displayed in group shows locally in Ventura County. As a dancer Elizabeth has taught both nationally and internationally. She has produced events and stage shows such as “Tribal Caravan,” “Mythical Creatures,” and “Around the World in 80 days” featuring casts of over 100 performers including costumes and dances made by her.
Souza's current show "Seasons of MIgration" is a series of paintings that chronicle the displacement and development of her ethnic group.
Souza lives in Newbury Park, California with her artist husband, daughter and too many pets.
I have always been interested in stories and especially those told through pictures. My mother was a story teller who raised me on tales of her early life in the Dutch East Indies, surviving World War II, being a young army wife in New Guinea, and her later encounters while immigrating to Europe and the United States. Instead of using a verbal format I prefer to tell my stories through pictures. Paintings can create an ambiguity which allows the viewer to create their own narrative out of the images. Instead of word by word account that dictates a concrete story directed through a logical format, a picture can allow the viewer to see with their heart circling through a set of emotions and landing on an understanding. Feminine consciousness, which is not about individual gender, is a mindset that is connected to the inner wisdom and creation of self into a fully realized being. This concept is central to my belief system. The allegories I paint are always connected to it, and they involve themes of cultural and ethnic identity, history, mythology as well as position in greater society.
My work is primarily figurative because the human form and face are powerful means of communication instinctively read by viewers. Although it is created in a realistic style, it contains magical elements that evoke a dreamtime state of being. When creating a new work, I try to develop a deeper understanding of the person I’m attempting to depict. Not only what their interests are, but what it is they are attempting to create in the world and how this builds their place in society. Along with this understanding I search for symbolic elements that serve as clues to their identity. In this is the way, I build a story from a set of images.
My most current body of work involves two themes, one of my personal ethnic identity and unique diaspora, the Dutch Indonesians; the other involving the dancers, artists and musicians that are my friends who are part of a modern bohemian culture that has spun off of belly dance, renaissance faire, and burning man society. One group of people involves immigrants, refugees and explorers who have adapted to the locales where they arrive. The other recreates a new version of society built on values of humanity, generosity, and self expression. Both groups contribute to the improvement of the greater community.