I am an interdisciplinary artist and writer exhibiting kinetic installation, experimental drawing, printmaking, durational media and book arts. My research practices are experience-based, visual, and rooted in my background in anthropology. Most of my works, in text and image, explore the role of individuals in society: how they contribute to social contexts, are shaped by and sometimes oppose them. I have worked on agency, including the agency of objects and the environment. I am currently working on a doctoral thesis about ancient and modern graffiti, titled “Intentions Through Hands and Time.” My writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals and my artwork is part of international public and private collections. I am based between Cyprus and Berlin, with visits to Philadelphia where I grew up

2020 enrolled as doctoral candidate in Classical Archaeology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, DE

Thesis title, Intentions Through Hands and Time: A framework for analysing informal inscriptions on ancient objects and surfaces


1997 MFA Sculpture, Boston University, Boston MA USA


1991 MA ed. University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA USA


1988 BA Anthropology cum laude Amherst College, MA USA


2011 54th Venice Biennale of Art, National Representation of the Republic of Cyprus

2005 and 2003  Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Special Opportunity Stipend

2004 and 2000 Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Award, Philadelphia, USA

1997-98 United States Fulbright Research Scholarship in Cyprus – Sculpture

1996-97 Dean’s Scholar, School for the Arts, Boston University, USA

1995-96 Alajalov Scholarship, School for the Arts, Boston University, USA

residencies - other programmes

2022 Artists-in-Residence Programme Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin

2021-2023  Graffiti Art in Prison project of Erasmus+ affiliated with the Max Planck Institut.

2016-2017  Internationales Atelierprogramm Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2012 International Artist in Residency, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia
2012  Artist in Residence: University of Technology, Sydney
2011 STEIM – Instrument Lab, Residency and Collaboration, Amsterdam

2005 Summer Fellow, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

2002-2004 The Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA USA
2001 The Monagri Centre for Contemporary Art, Limassol, Cyprus
1992 The Vermont Studio Center, VT USA


The Estate of Harper Lee
The Cecil H. Green Library of Stanford University
European Central Bank, Frankfurt
State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, Nicosia
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany
University of Wollongong Museum, NSW Australia
Mead Museum, Amherst College, USA
The University of Pennsylvania (public commission)
Collection of the Gyumri Biennale, Armenia
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (public commission)

writings about - exhibition catalogues

2020 Made in Marl – Kunst für das Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl texts by multiple authors, edited by Georg Elben. Wienand Verlag, 208 pp., illustrations. (DE/EN)

2017 Contemporary Art from Cyprus, the European Central Bank in cooperation with the Central Bank of Cyprus

2017 Oniritti, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, text by Prof. Dr. Knut Ebeling, artist book designed by Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, 14 pages

2017 “Wall to Paper: Retracing the Gestures of Inscriptions” by Taco Hidde Bakker in Be24 Magazine of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, cit. pp. 150-157 with illustrations

2017 When Words Enter the Picture, by Marina Kassianidou: Interview, cit. pp. 52-55

2016 ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ (Planetes), exhibition catalogue for Pafos2017 essay by Elena Stylianou, cit. pp. 38-39

2015 Our Land / Alien Territory Triumph Gallery, Moscow Department of Culture and the Department of Research Arts, Moscow, pp. 226, catalogue with curatorial text (RUS/EN) and illustrations

2013 Drawingpapers #116 intuitionists, The Drawing Center New York, exhibition catalogue 108 pages, cit. p. 59

2012 Terra Mediterranea–In Crisis, The Nicosia Municipal Art Centre (NiMAC), 302 pages, with text (GR/EN)

2011 Temporal Taxonomy (essays by Yiannis Toumazis, Liz Wells, Marcia Brennan). Catalogue for the Cyprus Pavilion at the 54th International Venice Biennale of Art. Published by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, 140 pages, with text (GR/EN)

2010 Suspended Spaces Collective, Suspended Spaces, Blackjack Éditions, France. (FR/EN) in separate volumes, 327 pages

2010 OSTRALE’10 Rites of Passage Dresden, Germany 2010, (DE / EN), 95 pages

2000 Church of Memory exhibition catalogue, text by Ossian Ward, poem by Stephanos Stephanides, The Monagri Foundation (EN/GR) illustrated, 30 pages

selected reviews

Ukraine Today, 17 September 2015

Metropolis M, 7 October 2015 (Russian)

‘Four Summer Shows’ in Frieze Magazine
issue 158, October 2013

‘Ο καλλιτέχνης κάνει την άμμο μαργαριτάρια ELIZABETH HOAK-DOERING: Στο ατελιέ…’ interview by Elena Parpa O Φιλελεύθερος, CY Spring 2011

‘Ο καλλιτέχνης τολμά να αντικρίσει τον εαυτό του’ by Eleni Xenou Ο Φιλελεύθερος, CY 13 February 2011

‘Οι εκλεκτές της Μπιενάλε’ ΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ, CY 11 February 2011

‘Πολυεπίπεδες εικαστικές αναζητήσεις’ by Marina Schiza Ο Φιλελεύθερος , CY 11 February 2011-10-1

‘Repubblica di Cipro, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering by Andrea Zappa L’Uomo VOGUE’ no. 421, Mag/Giu 2011

“Seyler, taniklar” by Oya Akin Yeni Duzen 4 July, 2009

“Η Απολαυστική Ζωή της Elizabeth Hoak-Doering” by Marios Dimitriou Η Σημερινή, CY March 4, 2007

Pennsylvania Gazette, “Tribute to Joe Burk”, Summer 2005

“Sculpture of Rowing Legend Will Be Affixed To Penn Boathouse” by Peter Van Allen.
Philadelphia Business Journal. 6th May issue 2006

“The Gyumri Biennial”. Gazet’art  Magazine of South East European Contemporary Art Network, in Springerlein December 2002

“Observing September 11”. Faith and Form Journal of the Interfaith Forum on Religion,
Art and Architecture. Vol. XXXV No. 3, 2002

“Elizabeth Hoak-Doering Interview by Robin Rice.”
City Paper, Philadelphia,  5/9 -16, 2002

“The Sacred Place of Memory.” by E. Parpa, Phileleftheros (CY) 8 July 2001

selected academic positions

1999 University of the Arts, Foundations Department, Philadelphia PA USA. Adjunct Lecturer 3-Dimensional Design

2000-2006 University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia PA USA. Lecturer in Sculpture, Sculpture of the Human Figure, 3-Dimensional Design

2007-2017 University of Nicosia, Department of Design and Multimedia, Nicosia, Cyprus. Associate Professor of Art, Drawing, Life Study, Sculpture