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Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele, born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1947, and studied English Literature at the University of Missouri. She immigrated to Canada in 1968 and is now a Canadian citizen.

Steele's videotapes have been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally including: the Venice Biennale (1980), the Kunsthalle (Basesl), the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston, Texas), Ingrid Oppenheim, Concordia University (Montreal), Newcastle Polytechnic (England), Paulo Cardazzo (Milan), the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo) and the Akademie der Kunst (Berlin). Steele worked at Interval House, an emergency shelter for battered women in Toronto, from 1974-1986.

She is the founding director of V-tape, a national information and distribution centre service for independent video and a founding publisher and editor for FUSE magazine. She has been involved in the anti-censorship movement since 1980, is the past president of the Independent Film and Video Alliance/Alliance de la Video du Cinema Independent, a national lobbying organization for film and video, a founding member of the Independent Arts Union (Toronto), active in the Women's Cultural Building Collective (1980-1984), on the Board of Directors of A Space Gallery (1984-86, 1989-92), past chair of the New Media Program at the Ontario College of Art where she has taught video since 1981.

Steele served for three years on the Advisory panel for Visual Arts at the Canada Council and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1993-97. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Oakville Galleries and Moving Pictures: a festival of dance on film and video.

Lisa currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Email Contact: Lisa Steele

Images of work in the Canadian Art Database [3]

Media Works
A Very Personal Story [1974] - video
Birthday Suit with scars and defects [1974] - video
Some Call It Bad Luck [1982] - video


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