California College of the Arts. San Francisco, CA. MFA

Penland School. Penland, NC. CORE Fellowship.

The University of the Arts. Philadelphia, PA. BFA






Penland Northlight Gallery. Winter Residency Exhibition. Penland, NC


San Francisco Art Book Fair. San Francisco, CA

Otis Art Book Fair. Los Angeles, CA

Center for the Arts. Grass Valley, CA. Rarefaction. Solo Exhibition.

Miossi GallerySan Luis Obispo, CA. Alloy: Ideas and Influence. 


Miossi Gallery. San Luis Obispo, CA. Alloy: Ideas and Influence. 


Brooklyn Art Book Fair. Brooklyn, NY

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair. The Classroom. Video Presentations for This Is Not A Gun.


Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Los Angeles, CA.

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Grass Valley, CA. Group Exhibition.


Brand Library & Art Center. Glendale, CA. Itinerant Architectures: The Library. Solo Exhibition.

Work Program Architects Gallery. Norfolk, VA. Itinerant Architectures: The Arcade. Solo Exhibition.

Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA. Odyssey II.


Unspeakable Projects NY. Devils, Decoys, Disguises. Solo Exhibition.

LACDA. Los Angeles, CA. Ten Artists to Watch.


Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA. MAS Attack.

Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, CA. Open Desert.

Urban Art & Media Organization. Munich, Germany. Fortress.

SF Camerawork. San Francisco, CA. Zones of Representation: Photographing Contested Landscapes


The Hatchery. Badger, CA. Fortress.

Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA. Studio System.

Smack Mellon. Brooklyn, NY. Respond.


The Lab. San Francisco, CA. 24-Hour Telethon.


Unspeakable Projects at the Phoenix Hotel. Artpad San Francisco.

Memphis Social.  Memphis, TN. Curated by Beautiful Fields/Apexart NY

Unspeakable Projects. San Francisco, CA. In the Event of My Death.


dOCUMENTA(13). Kassel, Germany. Itinerant Structures: Traveling Medicine Show.

G11 Galerie.  Berlin, Germany. Itinerant Architectures. Solo Exhibition.

Unspeakable Projects. San Francisco, CA. Occult Land: Glamour Terroir. Solo Exhibition.

Unspeakable Projects at the Phoenix Hotel. ArtPad San Francisco.


Track 16 Gallery. Santa Monica, CA. Occupy Track 16.

Unspeakable Projects. San Francisco, CA. Unspeakable Holiday Art Party.

The Hatchery Art Spaces. Badger, CA. East of Fresno.

Odd Sunday Dinners with Chez Panisse chefs. Berkeley, CA. Elizabeth Dorbad & Ann Schnake.

Wolfe Contemporary at the Phoenix Hotel. San Francisco, CA. ArtPad San Francisco.

California College of the Arts. San Francisco, CA. Stay Away, Come Closer.

Wattis Apartment. San Francisco, CA. (Odds Are) 13:1. Curated by Jessica Brier.

Playspace Gallery. San Francisco, CA. Fem Salon: Domesticity Unhinged.

The Wattis Institute. San Francisco, CA. Hammarby!

Inhabit Gallery. Oakland, CA. Cohabit. Curated by Anne M. Klint.


Mark Wolfe Contemporary. San Francisco, CA. Winter Exhibition. Curated by Ryan Martin.

FishSpace Gallery. San Francisco, CA. BARN.

California College of the Arts. San Francisco, CA. Prepare to Stop.

Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. Some Assembly Required: Race, Gender and Globalization.

Factory Outlet Gallery. Mokelumne Hill, CA. Wild Thing.


UCSC Sesnon Gallery. Santa Cruz, CA. Some Assembly Required: Race, Gender and Globalization.


Druid Temple Gallery. Guadalupe, CA. Are You Building an Ark? Artist/Curator 


UNAM Museo de Larazaro Cardenas. Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico. Plasticas y Organicas.


Julie Baker Fine Art. Nevada City, CA. Homegrown. 

Druid Temple Gallery. Guadalupe, CA. Moda 3. 


Sierra Mar/Post Ranch Inn. Big Sur, CA. Found Object Art: Sculpture of Discard.

DiRosa Preserve. Napa, CA. All in the Family.  

Gallery Twenty-Four. Berlin, Germany. International Assemblage Artists. 

Any Way Galerie. Berlin, Germany. Elizabeth Dorbad and Pablo Von Lichtenberg.

Gallery Twenty-Four. Berlin, Germany. Sommerwende International Exhibition.

Any Way Galerie. Berlin, Germany. Night of Discovery.

Temple Gallery. Guadalupe, CA. Assemblage, Montage, Collage.




Unspeakable Projects. San Francisco/New York 2011-2021

Mark Wolfe Contemporary. SanFrancisco, CA 2010-2011

Julie Baker Fine Art. Nevada City, CA 2003-2006




Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY

Getty Research Institute. Los Angeles, CA

Walker Art Center. Minneapolis, MN

University College London. London, UK

Massey University Library. Palmerstown North, New Zealand

University of Southern California Library. Los Angeles, CA

The Claremont Colleges Library. Claremont, CA

University of California, Irvine. Irvine, CA

University of California, San Diego. La Jolla, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA

Timberland Regional Library. Tumwater, WA

Seattle Public Library. Seattle, WA

Washington University. St. Louis, MO

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Urbana, IL

University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI

University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA

Colombia University. New York, NY

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA

Rhode Island School of Design Library. Providence, RI

Tufts University – Tisch Library. Medford, MA

Thuraya Al-Baqsami. Kuwait City, Kuwait

Madonna Ciccione. New York, NY

David Cooper. New York, NY

Brendan Davis. Berlin, Germany

Jack Huneke & Julie Harcos. Miramonte, CA

East Wind-Higashi Kaze. Traditional Japanese Architecture. Nevada City, CA

True Kelly Folk Art Museum. Penland, NC

Robin Williams. Napa, CA




Dorbad, Elizabeth et al., Compiled by Cara Levine.  This Is Not a Gun. Sming Sming Press, Candor Publishing. Chicago. 2023, 2022, 2020.

Cole, Serena. Treasure Hunting: Elizabeth Dorbad Interviewed. Variable West. March 22, 2022

Beete, Paulette. This Is Not A Gun. Colossal. November 16, 2021

Cordova, Dushiko Petrovich. Independent Together. Art in America. July 26, 2021.

Miranda, Carolina A. Pizza or Gun? The Benign Objects at the Heart of Police Shootings. LA Times. May 29, 2021

Millsap, Taina. ‘This Is Not A Gun’ Project Raises Conversation About Racism. Flaunt. November 30, 2020

Dambrot, Shana Nys. Art Books That Belong On Everyone’s Wishlist. LA Weekly. November 25, 2020

Rozental. Rotem. This Is Not a Gun Review. Tohu Magazine. Tel Aviv. November 17, 2020.

Rina, Amelia. The Deliberate Rejection of Reality: Cara Levine Interview for TINAG. Bomb Magazine. August 21, 2020

Conner, Allison. 40 Artists and Writers Respond to 40 Objects “Mistaken” for Guns by the Police. Hyperallergic. July 29, 2020

Interjection Calendar 04: This Is Not a Gun. Elizabeth Dorbad contributor, Silver Padlock. London, Montez Press. 2018/2019.

Osberg, Annabel. Reviews: Pick of the Week. Artillery Magazine. August 1, 2018

Livingstone, Michael. Gallery Exhibit at Glendale Library Explores Themes of Mobility. Los Angeles Times. July 6, 2018

Art and Cake Los Angeles. What’s Hot in LA? June 13, 2018

Art and Cake Los Angeles. A MAS Attack: The End is Just the Beginning. November 20, 2016

Davis, Genie. MAS Attack Grand Finale. Diversions LA. November 19, 2016

Artillery Magazine. MAS Attack 13. October 25, 2016.

Fabrik Magazine. Torrance Art Museum: MAS Attack. Spetember 26, 2016

Sensitive Skin Magazine. Elizabeth Dorbad: Itinerant Architectures. July 2016

Studio System. Torrance Art Museum Exhibition Catalogue. 2015

Davis, Genie. Studio System at Torrance Museum of Art. Diversions LA. September 4, 2015

Cotter, Holland.  Raging at Racism, From Streets to Galleries. New York Times. January 23, 2015

Cooper, Melissa Rose. Artists Respond to Police Brutality. Voices of NY. January 21, 2015

Thrasher, Steven W.  Respond: Artists Offer Bold, Urgent Take on #blacklivesmatter. The Guardian. January 20, 2015

Turcihin, Olya. Art That Responds To Our Troubled Times. Arte Fuse. January 20, 2015

RESPOND: Exhibit at Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Revolution Newspaper. January 19, 2015

Kuennen, Joel.  Smack Mellon’s Respond and the New Imaginary. ArtSlant January 19, 2015

DUMBO Art Exhibit Inspired by Eric Garner Case. Television News 12 Brooklyn. January 19, 2015

Uphadye, Janet. Eric Garner Exhibit Features Work of 200 Artists. DNAinfo New York. January 9, 2015

Ramirez, Jeanine. Brooklyn’s Smack Melon Gallery Hosts Massive Exhibit on Injustice. Cable News NY1. January 9, 2015

Chaudhary, Amar. Art Fairs SF 2013. Stretcher. July 7, 2013

Koeppel, Frederic. ‘Memphis Social’ arts event one of city’s biggest. The Commercial Appeal. May 9, 2013

Davis, Chris. Social Eyes. Memphis Flyer. May 9, 2013

Bamberger, Alan. SF Art Galleries. Reviews: Unspeakable Projects-1/17/13. ArtBusiness.com

Tedford, M. Postcards from Kassel: Parks, Politics and Empanadas at documenta (13). CCA News August 6, 2012

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn, et al. dOCUMENTA (13): Catalog I,II,III. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2012

Klint, Anne M. The Hatchery: East of Fresno. Exhibition Catalogue.  September, 2012

Sullivan, Tim and Chris Corrente.  ArtPad 2012 Day 3.  What Is Art? Live! May, 2012

Bamberger, Alan. SF Art Galleries. Reviews: Unspeakable Projects -05/03/12-Part III. ArtBusiness.com

Munro, Donald. Recapping East of Fresno. fresnobeehive.com. September 28, 2011

Dorbad, Elizabeth. Itinerancy, Coyote and the Invention of Myth: A Fabulation in Three Parts. San Francisco: CCA, 2011

Moffett, Charles. Improved Odds. ArtSlant. May 2011

RWM.  Review: Wolfe Contemporary Art. ArtBusiness.com. December 09, 2010

Davis, Brendan. Interview: Elizabeth Dorbad. Art Interview Magazine. Issue 13. Autumn 2009

Davidson, Maureen. Some Assembly Required at Sesnon Gallery. Artweek. May 2009. pp. 25, 22

Davidson, Maureen. Lost and Found: Construction Sites. Metro Santa Cruz. February 4, 2009. p.13

From Landfill to Gallery. Petaluma Post. January 2008

Parcel Journal. Featured artist. June-November 2007

Turner, Cherie Louise. Reviews: National. Homegrown. Julie Baker Fine Art. Art News. March 2007

Dalkey, Victoria. Mining a New Vein. Sacramento Bee. November 17, 2006

Mimosa Extra: Kunst and Kultur in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Summer 2005

Mimosa Extra: Kunst and Kultur in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Spring 2005

Ramsey, David. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2004. p.68

Baker, Julie. Remade: Elizabeth Dorbad and Libby Hayes. Art Contemporaries. Summer 2004




Penland Winter Residency. Penland, NC. 2017, 2023

The Alchemy. Los Angeles, CA. 2015

Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA. 2015

Wilbur Springs. Wilbur Springs, CA. 2012

The Stonehouse Residency. Miramonte, CA. 2011

The Hatchery Art Spaces. Badger, CA. 2011

Crow’s End. San Luis Obispo, CA. 2007-2009

Druid Dunes Studio. Guadalupe, CA. 2006-2007

Artline Berlin. Berlin, Germany. April-June 2005

Dorland Mountain Artist Colony. Temecula, CA. 2001




Penland Fellowship. Winter Residency. Penland, NC. 2023

Center for Cultural Innovation. Los Angeles, CA. Creative Capacities Grant. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2022

Hemera Foundation. Artist Fellowship. 2017

ArtSlant Prize. 2016

California College of the Arts. Scholarship. 2009-2011

Joan Mitchell Foundation. MFA Grant in Sculpture. Nomination. 2011

Dedalus Foundation. MFA Fellowship Grant in Sculpture. Nomination. 2010

Art Interview. International Artists Competition. Berlin, Germany. First Place Award. 2008

Morro Bay Art Association. Morro Bay, CA. Scholarship Grant. 2008

Gallery Twenty-Four. Berlin, Germany. International Assemblage Artists Exhibition Award. 2003

Penland School. Penland, NC. Fellowship 1996-1997. Scholarship 1992, 1994

Haystack Mountain School. Deer Isle, ME. Scholarship 1993

The University of the Arts. Philadelphia, PA. Borowsky Belkin Award. 1992




Elizabeth Dorbad Consulting. Working with artists, art works, archives. 2019-present

The Orations Project. Art for Civil Rights Nonprofit. Founding Director. 2015-present

University of California, Berkeley. Visiting Critic. 2016

The Alchemy Residency. Visual Arts Program Consultant. 2015-2016

Denali Foundation. Board of Directors, Curator. 2014-2017

Mel Henderson Archive. Consultant. 2015

Apexart NY. Franchise Exhibition Juror. 2014

California College of the Arts. Mentor. 2012