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

Solo Exhibitions          


2019 “Seasons of Migration” solo show CSUCI Napa Hall. Camarillo, California.

March 4-April 4.

Group Exhibitions

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

Ojai, California.

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 


Artist Statement

My art is a reflection of my life experiences and perceptions.  Using a combination of figures, symbolic elements, and magical realism, I create modern allegories.  The work is meant to fill in the gaps of history and build a modern narrative.  It is the creation of a personal mythography. The subjects in my pieces are sometimes claimed from personal family photographs, historical photographs, and present-day individuals.  I don’t always have a direct relationship with every subject in my work, but my reaction to them and their stories come from an authentic source.  The objective of my work is to build a world view of empathy in our postcolonial era. 



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.