Dorit Cypis is an award-winning visual artist as well as a professional mediator. Her explorations on identity as psychological and political, individual and collective, have been presented at museums and public venues internationally since 1980, including Whitney Museum of American Art, International Center of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musee d’Art Contemporain/Montreal, Musee des Beaux Arts/Bruxelles, Walker Art Center, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
To extend her practice as artist (MFA 1977/Californian Institute of the Arts), Cypis completed a Masters of Conflict Resolution, MDR, (2005/Pepperdine University), and founded Foreign Exchanges, 2007, an initiative offering tools for conflict engagement and relationship building blending tools of aesthetics and conflict transformation. Cypis has been instrumental in designing the public programs Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis, 1992-1998, artists working with homeless youth to develop creative expression and Foundation for Art Resources, FAR, Los Angeles, 1979-1982, designing forums for discourse and partnership across Los Angeles to support artists working collectively in the public domain. Cypis has taught on identity and social relations across the USA, Canada, Holland, France, Switzerland, Germany and Israel.
Dorit has received numerous awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Bush, McKnight, Jerome, Ordway and Durfee Foundations, City of Los Angeles Cultural Arts, and Fellows of Contemporary Art. Cypis is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and recent past Chair of their Middle East Initiative.
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