Art & Cultural Journalist
Liz Goldner covers a broad range of subjects in her articles, profiles and reviews. She reports on artists — from figurative to conceptual, to Light and Space, to graffiti. She writes articles on healing PTSD through art, on the merging of art with nature, of art with science, environmental art and California Scene Painting, among numerous other art related topics. She derives great joy from dialoguing with artists, art lovers and arts administrators in interviews, on studio visits and at the many exhibitions she attends.
She grew up in the NYC area, and haunted the city’s museums, particularly MoMA, as a teenager, worked in general journalism, touring museums in her spare time, and later moved to Southern California. In 2000, she fortuitously became the OC Metro (Orange County, CA magazine) art columnist, and soon graduated to reviewing art for many other publications.Living in Laguna Beach, she writes about artists, art trends, art administrators, exhibitions and venues in Laguna, Southern California and nationwide for: KCET Artbound, Artillery magazine, ArtScene magazine, Art and Cake (L.A. based contemporary art reviews), Laguna Beach Art Magazine, Palm Springs Art Magazine, Orange Coast, Premiere OC and other publications.
She has written for: Art Ltd. magazine, artsNantucket, Coast, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, OC Metro, OC Register Magazine, Orange County Register, Women in the Arts, California Art Club and many others. She is project manager/editor of Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism (see image at bottom of page), to be published in 2017. She writes theater reviews, including The Monster Builder and Red for Artillery magazine.
In May 2016, she won three Orange County Press Club awards. First Place was for KCET Artbound: The Roots of Radical Art at University of California, Irvine. Second place was for KCET Artbound: Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience. Third place was for Art Ltd.: Alien She exhibition at OCMA review.
In November 2016, she was a finalist for a Los Angeles Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for KCET Artbound: Laguna Beach in the Sixties. In May 2017, Laguna Beach in the Sixties article won a First Place award from the Orange County Press Club. (see image below). She also won from the Orange County Press Club, a Second Place award for KCET Artbound, Healing Through Art: PTSD Survival Stories: a First Place Award for Art Ltd., Perspectives on the Evolution of Modern Art; and a Second Place Award for ArtScene review, Helen Lundeberg.
Selected articles, profiles, reviews
- The Orange County Great Park: A Grand Vision Gone Awry
- Corn Man: A Mexican-Inspired Animistic Sculpture, Otis College, L.A.
- Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested review, Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
- Santa Ana’s Artists Village: The Pros and Cons of Gentrification
- Sarah Rafael García Captures Santa Ana’s History Through Fairy Tales
- Frida Kahlo: Her Photos review, Bowers Museum
- California Scene Painting
- Helen Pashgian review, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach
- Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) 54-Year History
- Sawdust Art Festival Facade: origins of this whimsical creation
- Women Artists at the Hilbert Museum
- Back to Iraq, review of the opera, Fallujah, Long Beach Opera Co.
- Downtown Laguna Beach
- Jessica Rath: A Better Nectar review, Cal State Long Beach
- Profile of MacArthur genius grant winner Elizabeth Turk
- Lita Albuquerque performance and installation, Laguna Art Museum
- Orange County, CA area art museums and galleries
- SoCal’s Best Kept Secret, Laguna Art Museum
- LA Raw, Pasadena Museum of California Art
- Judith Brust profile
- BC Space story
- Maggie Taylor’s Surrealistic Dreamscapes
- Richard Diebenkorn review
- Pacific Standard Time
- Weegee at MOCA
- Art in the Streets
- Josh Agle profile
- Elizabeth Armstrong profile
- Bob Roubian of The Crab Cooker
Selected archived articles, profiles, reviews
Image at Top of Page: Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Untitled [Vase of Flowers], 1924-25, collection OCMA
Photo credits: Main Beach Laguna by Tom Lamb; The Happening Encampment, Manzanita Anthers, The Tell by Mark Chamberlain