In-progress MFA Art, California State University Northridge
BA Art, Cum Laude, GPA 3.967 California State University Channel Islands
AA Art, GPA 3.86 Ventura College
Art Exhibitions & Festivals
2019 “Seasons of Migration” solo show CSUCI Napa Hall. Camarillo, California.
March 4-April 4.
2020 “Ventura College Legacy Exhibition.” Museum of Ventura County. Ventura, California. March.
2020 “Art Tap’d.” Seaward Brewery. Ventura California. February.
2020 “Portraits A Worldly Perspective.” Bell Arts Factory. Ventura, California. January.
2019 “Fall Bellagio Conservatory Installation.” Animal Makers. Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada.
2019 "Ventura College Annual Student Awards Exhibition" May 2-10
Reception May 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm
New Media Gallery & Gallery 2
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.
2018 “Sunflower Mural” Group Art Piece. Hillmont Psychiatric Center, 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
Grants & Awards
2020 Santa Paula Society of the Arts Award in the field of Painting
2020 Mary Bayramian Scholarship Fund
2020 Award of Merit in Painting, Ventura College
2020 Phyllis Arnold Memorial Scholarship
2016 Bess Pinkstaff Memorial Scholarship
2016-17 Oscher Foundation Scholarship
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
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, 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 loved stories -especially those told through pictures- because my mother was a story teller who raised me on tales of her life in the Dutch East Indies, surviving World War II, and her later encounters immigrating to Europe and the United States. Instead of using a verbal format I tell my stories through paintings allowing a viewer to build their own narrative. Images can enable this viewer to see with the heart and circle through a set of emotions that land on an understanding. Feminine consciousness, which is not about individual gender, is a mindset that is connected to the inner wisdom and the creation of self into a fully realized being this concept central to my belief system. The allegories I paint are always connected to it, and they involve themes of cultural and ethnic identity, history and mythology as well as position in greater society.