Leora Lutz’s personal ideology stems from the fruition of DIY, punk rock reasoning and a life-long practice with the handmade—continually supporting the active roles that art and writing both play in shaping history and impacting peoples' lives.
Her hybrid creative professional background spans 20 years' experience in education and specialized language for museums, galleries and independent art projects, including the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, East Side Art Fair (LA), MoCA Los Angeles, and Riverside Art Museum. For six years she was a Writing Consultant at California College of the Arts where she counseled designers and artists on Visual Thinking Strategies, Critical Thinking and English.
She has been writing about art since 2005, and has contributed to numerous publications such as ARTnews, Elephant, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, artslant, White Hot, artltd., and Surface Design Journal, as well as exhibition essays. In January, 2016 she launched an art review project called Glossary. Her Product Projects question concepts of hand-made and machine-made production, including the act of writing.
Her artwork has been shown at several galleries, institutions and public places including LAND AND SEA, Gallery Lara Tokyo, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, MOCA Los Angeles, Palm Springs Museum of Art, 18th Street Arts Center Santa Monica, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, the American Consulate in Belgrade, Serbia, and if by sea: sound poetic walk , which was installed on Angel Island.
She grew up in the north eastern parts of Los Angeles before relocating to Oakland in 2011, where she received both an MFA in Sculpture and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.
*Portrait: Adam Thorman, quarantine 2020, Oakland.