BFA Painting/Drawing, 2011
Denise Elizabeth Silver is a performance artist whose notable solo performances include CCA's 2010 Graduate Thesis Exhibition in San Francisco and another at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011.
She collaborated with other students on the Paulina Olowska: Sesum fo L'lab event -- CCA's fall Capp Street Project artist in residence.
Silver travels to densely polluted urban environments to push 60-pound blocks of ice through the streets while dressed in a homemade polar bear suit to draw attention to the tension between urban life and the natural world. Watch video »
She has staged multiple guerilla performances locally at the Piedmont Cemetery, CCA Senior Show, Richmond Docks, Performa 11, and New York's New Museum; and internationally at the Bamboo Forest, Kyoto; and Shabuya Crossing, Tokyo.
She credits Painting-Drawing chair Kim Anno for providing support and inspiration, describing her as "an extraordinary artist and a gifted teacher."