Elisa Berry Fonseca

b. 1982, Iowa City, IA
Lives and works in Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA


2012 MFA, Sculpture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2008 MAR, Religion and Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2006 Post Baccalaureate Art Program, Bethel University, St Paul, MN
2005 BA, Art and Religious Studies, Macalester College, St Paul, MN
2004 La Sorbonne Nouvelle, LʼInstitut Catholique, Paris, France

Additional GMAW and Oxy-fuel cutting processes coursework completed

Solo/Two Person Shows

2014 Cycles and Spires, galerie102, Ojai, CA
2012 Fallout Urban Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2007 Ephemeral Outdoor Installation, Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Shows

2015 (upcoming) Wild at Heart: Our Affair with Nature, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2013 Collectorʼs Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA (juried)
2013 Fourth Annual Drawing Discourse, UNC Asheville, NC (juried)
2012 After the Apocalypse, Fox Tax Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2012 Sacred Spaces, Contested Terrain, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2012 Transitions, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China
2012 Tail of the Ouroboros, (Thesis Show), Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Eco Byways, Benedicta Art Center, College of Saint Benedict, St Joseph, MN (juried)
2011 The Nature of Romance, SSCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (juried)
2010 Dry Bones, 739 Flash Space, Lawrence, KS
2010 Objects of Encounter, Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Materiality, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL (juried)
2010 Tangible Digital Matter, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota
2008 Minnesota Museum of American Art 3D Biennial (juried)
2007 Susan Hensel Design, Minneapolis, MN
2007 Fallout Art Fest, Minneapolis, MN
2007 Spirit Rising, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT
2006 Found objects from forgotten places, Belfry Center, Minneapolis (juried)
2006 Things you do for love, 9th St Entry Gallery, St Paul, MN
2005 “emerging” Senior Art Show, Macalester College Art Gallery, St Paul

Grants, Residencies and Awards

2013 McGuire Visiting Artist-in-Residence, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Community Supported Arts Program, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC
2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
2012 Nominated: International Sculpture Center Award
2011 Nominated: Dedalus Foundation Grant in Sculpture
2007 Rev. Albert Neilsen Award in Environmental Values and Ethics
2004 Lilly Summer Research Grant: “Work, Prayer and Art in the Order of St Benedict”

Teaching Experience

2013 – present Adjunct Instructor, Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC. Art History I, Art and the Human Experience (online), Introduction to Visual Culture (in person and online)
2011 Instructor of Record, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Beginning Sculpture
2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Concepts in Visual Art, Beginning Sculpture, Carving and Construction
2009 Adjunct Instructor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. History and Philosophy of Edcuation
2009 Adjunct Instructor, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT. Introduction to Multimedia
2004 – 2005 Teacher’s Aid, Macalester College, St Paul, MN. Fiber Arts

Lectures and Conference Presentations

2012 “Sacred Spaces, Contested Terrain”, Discourse and Discord Symposium, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2012 “Exegesis of Vineyard Practice: The Analogy of Art and Life”, Society of Vineyard Scholars, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Visiting Lecturer, Art History, Bethlehem Baptist College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN
2011 “A Glimpse Into a Time Whose Moments Are no Longer Related to the Present” Philosophy and the Arts Conference, Stony Brook University, Manhattan
2010 “Abstract Art as Icon: Theologies of Light and the work of James Turrell and Anish Kapoor” Theology, Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David Brown, Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts, St Maryʼs College, University of St Andrews, Scotland