Elizabeth Tolson ’16

Brooklyn, New York

An amazing experience, Open Wabi gave me the time and space away from NYC to work on my art. I had a great studio space and beautiful scenery to use for filming. It was so fulfilling to be in a community with other artists.

It was excellent to be living on the property just a short walk to the studio space, but Open Wabi also immersed us into the community. We were introduced to other artists and educators living in the area. This aspect really expanded the residency and was a true delight!


Elizabeth Tolson is an Expanded Media Artist and Educator whose work explores the boundaries of art, technology, and feminism. Through an alchemy of artistic skills honed during life and scholastic experiences, she brings important social issues front and center and generates real discussion. Challenging group norms through over-representation of societies gender flaws, she draws the audience in with her provocative work. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons.
As an educator, she has taught at all levels to include ProjectArt and her alumni Parsons the New School. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in New York Time’s T Magazine, Styleite, Make Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Adafruit. Exhibits include the 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, and SXSW in Austin, Texas.

I started to ask myself: Who would I be if I didn't live in a world that hated women? I've been unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, but I did realize that I've been long mourning this version of myself that never existed.

— Jessica Valenti

Where to find

Work from the Open Wabi experience

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