Elaine Buckholtz is a multidisciplinary artist, operating in the space between light installation and architecture. Her work transforms environments and sites into quiet spectacles, inducing a sense of wonder by activating architectural forms and spaces with moving light, sculptural elements and sound. 

Buckholtz’s projects asks the viewer to re-imagine the once familiar and uses the device of light to focus the experience and captivate the attention of the audience. With a 25-year career in Lighting Design working with artists such as Meredith Monk and Merce Cunningham she brings a high level of expertise in the latest lighting technologies and the potential for subtle motion through light programming to activate exterior settings.

Buckholtz  has shown work at Minnesota Street Projects (San Francisco, CA), Proof Gallery (Boston, MA), Souzy Tros (Athens, Greece), In the Backyard Stories Festival (Batumi, Georgia), The Lumiere Festival (Derry, Ireland), Electric Works Gallery (San Francisco,CA), Sonoma Valley Museum (Sonoma, CA), The Swiss Technorama Museum (Winterthur Switzerland), Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (San Francisco, CA), The Claremont Museum (Claremont, CA), Pierogi Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany), The Luggage Store (San Francisco, CA),The San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA), California College of The Arts (San Francisco, CA), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), The Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, OH), Sun Valley Center For The Arts (Sun Valley, ID), and Fusion Art Space (San Francisco, CA). 

Buckholtz was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2002 and received two consecutive MFAs from The California College Of The Arts (2004) and Stanford University (2006).  


MFA, "New Genres" - Stanford University

MFA in Media Arts - California College of the Arts

Ohio State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts - Aspects of Light and Motion & Technical Production and Design


2019 - Guild Hall School of Music and Drama, Video Installation, Adjunct Professor

2010 - Present
Professor - Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Studio for Interrelated Media

2007 - 2010
Adjunct Faculty - Stanford University, California, Department of Art & Art History, "Light As A Sculptural Element"

2004 - 2006
Stanford University - Teaching Assistant


Proof Gallery,Group Show, Boston, MA

Spinning Night Cafe in Living Color, Spinning Night Cafe in Living Color
Billboard Video and Sound Installation, Lumiere Festival, Derry, Ireland
Wandering Nighthouse, Mobile Truck Light and Sound Installation Series
Backyard Stories Series, Batumi, Georgia
Souzy Tros Gallery, Athens, Greece
Gallery 55, North Adams, Massachusetts
The Cot Piece, Solo Installation, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAEasy Rider, Light Installation, Phoenix Hotel, ArtPad SF, San Francisco, CATuning For The Edge Of The Line, Electric Works Solo Show, San Francisco, CA

Color Theory, Group Show, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
Trail Head Video Mapping, Sculpture, and Light Installation, San Francisco, CA
Night Life at the Academy Video Installation, Academy Of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

International Video Art Festival, 3 Video works, Camaguey Cub
Selections 11, Faculty Show, Mass Art Bakalar Gallery, Boston Massachusetts
Slanted Door, Video Installation and solo show, San Francisco, California
509 Cultural Center, Collaboration with Michael Swaine, San Francisco, California
101 California, Solo Video Installation, San Francisco, California
Electric Works, Solo Show, San Francisco, California

The Red Mill, Kulturmöllan Lövestad, Sweden
University of San Francisco Gallery, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA
Electric Works Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mills College Museum, Oakland, CA
Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO
[A Very Public Art Project, Oakland, CA](
The Warfield Building, San Francisco, CA
The Warfield Project

The Swiss Technorama Science Center,Winterthur, Switzerland
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Bay Area Now 5
ATA Artist's Television Access
Southern Exposure Auction
Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, California
Y2Y Gallery, San Francisco, California
San Jose Institute Of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California

Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
Archifest, Los Angeles, California
Surface Design, San Francisco, California
Institute For the Future, Slavonice, Czech Republic
Claremont Museum, Claremont, California
Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California
509 Cultural Center, San Francisco, California
Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Arts Benicia, Benicia, California
Stanford University, Stanford Horse Stable Pasture

Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, Colorado
Brava Center For The Arts, San Francisco, California
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California
San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, California

California College Of The Arts, San Francisco California
Artists' Television Access, San Francisco California
New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California

The Luggage Store, San Francisco, California

Sun Valley Center For The Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho

Headlands Center For The Arts, Marin, California

Wexner Center For The Arts, Columbus, Ohio


Production Stage Manager, Meredith Monk Education of The Girl Child, DTW, N.Y., N.Y
Lighting and Visual Design, Bring on The Lumiere, ODC Theater, San Francisco California

Visual Design, Robert Moses Kin, Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco California

Lighting Design, Tenderloin National Forest, San Francisco California
Lighting Design, Ann Hamilton, Meredith Monk, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, N.Y. Voices Of Ascension (an evening length music and visual work)

Lighting Design - Janet CardiffHealdsburg, California
"The Shadow Side Video Walk"

Present - Lighting Design - Meredith MonkSolo and Ensemble Concerts
"Songs Of Ascension" - International touring including France, England, Norway, Serbia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Scotland, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Ireland, Canada, Russia, Syria, Brazil, Spain,Sweden

1999- Present
Lighting Design - Telluride Film Festival, Telluride Colorado
7 Cinema Venues, Interior and exterior architectural facades

Technical Director - Merce Cunningham,
International Tours International touring France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Finland, Japan National touring including N.Y., N.Y., Wash D.C., Brooklyn, New York, and Berkeley, California

Lighting, Visual Design, and Music
Contraband, SF, national touring, Russia"The Mira Cycles"

Lighting and Visual Design
Terry Riley, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Remy Charlip, OnSite, Bob Ernst, Pamela Z, Peter Whitehead, Nao Bustamante, C. Ryder Cooley, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Deborah Slater, Sten Rudstrom, Amy X Neuberg, Surface Design, Motion Lab, Ruth Zaporah
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