Professor of Art (Sculpture and Intermedia & Electronic Arts)
M.F.A. University of California, Berkeley
Elizabeth Demaray is a fine artist whose research area is the interface between the built and the natural environment. Working in sculpture, digital media and eco-art, she designs listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City, and manufactures alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs out of man-made materials. With the engineer Dr. Qingze Zou, she is currently creating the IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving. This project entails building light-sensing robotic supports for houseplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water (video viewable below).
Professor Demaray is the recipient of the National Studio Award at the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at New York MOMA / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New Museum (New York), DADAPost (Berlin, DE), the Lloyd Digital Lab (Amsterdam, NL), the Center d’Art Marnay Art Center (Marnay-sur-Seine, FR), and the M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum (San Francisco, CA). Demaray received a BA in cognitive psychology at UC Berkeley, an MFA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley and studied art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is head of the sculpture concentration at Rutgers–Camden and is a work group advisor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is on the board of the College Art Association’s New Media Caucus and is a member of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum. Demaray lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.