Ellen Lake received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, painting, film & video, and installation. She is a recipient of a 2016 Artists Activating Communities Grant from the California Arts Council, a 2015 and 2016 City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program Individual Artist Grant, 2014 Alternative Exposure/Southern Exposure Grant for Bench Projects, 2012 Residency Award at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, 2009 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant and 2005/2006 Bay Area Video Coalition’s Mediamaker Award. Work from Bench Projects can be seen along Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland and her series combining vintage home movies from the 1930s/1940s with cell phone and digital media today has shown at Interface Gallery, Walker Art Center, Exit Art, Crawl Space, Everson Museum, Heaven Gallery, Arizona State University Art Museum, Aurora Picture Show, Sumter Gallery of Art, AC [Institute Direct Chapel], Kala Art Institute and Disposable Film Festival. Additional work has shown at Pacific Film Archive, the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and internationally at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Center for Digital Art in Holon, Israel.

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