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Janis Crystal Lipzin, American artist. Fellow National Education Association, 1983, Ohio Arts council, 1980-1981, Western States Regional Media Fellowships, 1986; grantee National Education Association, 1977-1978, Ohio Arts Council, 1978-1979, Directors citation, Blac, Maria Film Festival, 2006.


Lipzin, Janis Crystal was born on November 19, 1945 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. Daughter of Marvin and Sylvia Cristal Lipzin.


Student, New York University, 1966. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, 1967. Master of Library Science, University Pittsburgh, 1972.

Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, 1976.


She taught Film and Interdisciplinary studies at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1978 to 2009, where she served as Chair of the Film Department, and before that directed the Film/Photo Program at Antioch College. Her film and photo works have been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Centre Pompidou, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Kunstmuseum Bern. Her films and videos are distributed internationally.

In 2014 she received a Preservation grant to restore her video Franz Liszt from the Bay Area Video Coalition/National Endowment for the Arts, and an artist grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. She founded and directed EYE MUSIC, a microcinema that produced media events at 80 Langton Street and the Exploratorium in San Francisco and internationally.


  • She has been awarded three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, purchase awards from the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Rene di Rosa Foundation, and Kramlich Collection.


  • Other Work

    • One-person shows: Chinese Taipei Film Archove, Museum Modern Art, New York City, DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara, California, Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, Oakland, Millennium Film Workshop, N. Y.C., Media Study, Buffalo, New York, Funnel Film Theater, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Exhibited in group shows at Anthology Film Archives, New York City, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, New Museum, New York City, 3d International Festival of Film, Institute Contemporary Art, London, Collective for Living Cinema, New York City, New Music American, Houston, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, Kunstmuseum, Berne.

      Films include: Buffalofilm, 1974, Los Angeles Carwash, 1975, Periodic Vibrations in an Elastic Medium, 1976, Visible Inventory 6: Motel Dissolve, 1978, Visible Inventory 9: Pattern of Events, 1981, Government Property, 1981, Trepanations, 1983, Other Reckless Things, 1984, Remote Sensing, 1986, Home Entertainment Center for a Farmworker, 1989-1990, Right Eye/Left Eye, 1983, Seasonal Forces, 1995-1997, Cracks Between the Stones, 1999-2005, Naval Compression, 2001, Threnody, 2003. Contributing editor: Artweek, 1982-1985. Director 11th and 12th International San Francisco Art Institute Film/Video Festival, 2003-2005.

      Curator, Iiju Arthouse, Seoul, 2005.


Board directors Canyon Cinema Cooperative, San Francisco, 1981-1983, San Francisco Cinematique, since 1984. Member American Association of University Professors (secretary-treasurer California chapter since 2005).


Marvin Lipzin

Sylvia Cristal Lipzin