Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work has been shown in over two hundred large-scale exhibitions throughout the world and is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Lehmbruck Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, Walker Art Center, Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), and Berkeley Art Museum, in addition to celebrated private collections.
Among Lynn’s feature-length films are Strange Culture (2007), an examination of the state control of art, science, and public policy as seen through the bioterrorism case of Critical Art Ensemble member Steve Kurtz; Conceiving Ada (1997); and Teknolust (2002)—all featuring actress Tilda Swinton. Her films have won many awards and have been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto International Film Festivals.
From 1993 to 2004 Lynn was Professor of Electronic Arts at UC Davis, where she became emeritus, before accepting a chair at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was recently A.D. White Professor at Cornell University, and Visiting Artist at the New School for Social Engagement. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and distinctions, including ZKM’s Siemens International Media Arts Award, Flintridge Foundation and Siggraph Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, Prix Ars Electronica, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. The Digital Art Museum in Berlin recognized her work with a 2010–11 d.velop Digital Art Award for lifetime achievement in the field of new media. In addition, she also is faculty in Design at the California College of the Arts. She lives and works in San Francisco.