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
My work has a cultural connection to the past; it is a reflection of my experiences as a member of a diaspora that is disappearing from memory. I use images from vintage photography, personal, and family sources, layered with patterns found in textiles and nature. This work is meant to convey a complexity of experiences and evoke compassion. I feel a deep connection to the visceral quality of the act of painting and primarily work in the mediums of watercolor and oil painting. I choose to claim ownership of the tradition of depicting people in exotic settings as my style because I am a descendant of colonization.
In these paintings, portraits are enveloped with patterns and landscapes indicative of the past. The patterns I use allude to a sense of dream or internal space not observable in the environment. An earthy color palette conjures a connection to time. Layers do not stay distinct and separate but overlap each other, shifting between ambiguous and clear content. The recurring elements suggest migration, colonial history, and transformation.
Elizabeth Souza was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She graduated from California State University,
Channel Islands in 2018 with a B.A. in Art.
Her life’s path has given her the opportunity to explore many avenues of creative work. As well as
being a painter, Elizabeth has worked as a figure finisher, costume maker, fiber artist, craft teacher,
and dancer. She has published articles in Spin Off Magazine and Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine. She is
currently an elementary school art teacher working for the Focus On the Masters program in Ventura,
Elizabeth has won several awards for art including the 2020 Santa Paula Society of the Arts, Award in the field of Painting and the 2020 Award of Merit in Painting from Ventura College.
2020 Ventura College Legacy Exhibition, at Museum of Ventura County. Seasons of Migration solo show
at Napa Hall CSUCI 2019.
She lives in Newbury Park, California with her artist husband and daughter. She is currently pursuing
an MFA degree at California State University, Northridge.