Elaine Buckholtz is a Light Installation Artist operating in the space between installation, architecture and landscape with interests in public revelation, physical and metaphorical transformation, biotechnology, and the technologically sublime. 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.
Nighthouse Studio, initiated in 2006, is her collaborative with Video Artist, Ian Winters. Their projects transform sites into quiet spaces for contemplation, inducing a perpetual sense of wonder, yet pointing to social and cultural fragmentation, while simultaneously providing a vehicle for public self-reflection, connection, and healing. In 2002, Buckholtz received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and earned consecutive MFAs in Installation Art from California College of The Arts and Stanford University. She is currently a professor at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in The Studio for Interrelated Media.
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 nationally and internationally at venues including Electric Works Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Proof Gallery (Boston, MA); Souzy Tros (Athens, Greece); In the Backyard Stories Festival (Batumi, Georgia); The Lumiere Festival (Derry, Ireland); 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 Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, OH); Sun Valley Center For The Arts (Sun Valley, ID); and Fusion Art Space (San Francisco, CA), among others.