Lisa Espenmiller, visual artist, haiku poet and writer, has exhibited in solo shows at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2015), and Marion & Rose’s Workshop (2013), both in Oakland, CA. She has been juried into numerous Bay Area exhibitions including “MFA NEVER,” Root Division (2016), "Summer National," Marin MOCA (2016), “Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature,” Bedford Gallery (2011), “Hello Tomorrow,” David Brower Center (2011), and “Juried @BAC,” Berkeley Art Center (2010). Espenmiller’s work has been exhibited by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in 2014 and 2015 at San Francisco artMRKT. Her art can be found in the public collections of Hanover Pagemill, Neiman-Marcus and California Pacific Medical Center. Espenmiller received the Juror’s Award of Merit by Lucinda Barnes, Sr. Curator, Berkeley Art Museum for the 2013 “Left Coast Annual” at the Sanchez Art Center. Her poetry has been published in numerous small press journals. She holds a degree in Political Science and has studied art at U.C. Berkeley and California College of the Arts. Espenmiller lives and works in Oakland, California.


Solo Shows:


On the Line, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA


the moment at hand, Marion & Rose's Workshop, Oakland, CA

Selected Group Shows:


Artist's Annual, Kala Art Institute | Berkeley, CA

Collect, Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA

Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin MOCA | Novato, CA (Juror: Brian Gross, Director Brian Gross Fine Art)

MFA NEVER, Root Division | San Francisco, CA (Jurors: Rhiannon Evans MacFayden, Donna Napper, Brion Nuda Rosch)


Objects of Contemplation, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary | Oakland, CA

Connect & Collect, Annual Art Exhibit & Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art | San Jose, CA

Annual Art Exhibit & Auction, Oakland Art Murmur | Oakland, CA

artMRKT, Art Fair, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary | San Francisco, CA


Connect & Collect, Annual Art Exhibit & Auction, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art | San Jose, CA

artMRKT, Art Fair, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary | San Francisco, CA


Aftermath: Post Minimal Abstraction, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary | Oakland, CA

Transmissions, Marin Community Foundation | Novato, CA (Curator: Patricia Watts)

Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center | Pacifica, CA (Juror: Lucinda Barnes, Sr. Curator, Berkeley Art Museum)

Kala-fornia: State of the Art 3, Kala Art Institute | Berkeley, CA


Cumulous, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary | Oakland, CA


Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature, Bedford Gallery | Walnut Creek, CA (Juror: Allison Gass, SF MOMA)

Hello Tomorrow, David Brower Center | Berkeley, CA (Jurors: Lucinda Barnes, Berkeley Art Museum; DeWitt Cheng, art writer; Amy Tobin, David Brower Center)

Fresh Works, Harrington Gallery | Pleasanton, CA (Juror: William Rushton, artist)


Green, Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA

Big Deal, Visual Aid's Live Art Auction | San Francisco, CA

Root Division’s 9th Annual Auction, Root Division | San Francisco, CA

Juried@BAC, Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA (Jurors: Carrie Lederer, Bedford Gallery; Lauren Davies, Kala Institute)

Collect!, Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA

Client Appreciation Show | The Warehouse Gallery, Oakland, CA


Red, Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA


Gallery Representation

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland CA (2012-2017)


Grants | Awards | Public Lectures

2016 - Featured artist for April, 2016 online at The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2015 - Artist Lecture, The Taoist Center, Oakland, CA

2013 - Juror's Award of Merit, Left Coast Annual, Pacifica, CA (Juror: Lucinda Barnes, Sr. Curator, Berkeley Art Museum)

2010 - Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco, CA


Public Commissions & Collections

Hanover Page Mill, Palo Alto, CA

Northeast Medical Services, San Francisco, CA

California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus, San Francisco, CA

Neiman Marcus: Chicago, IL | Dallas, TX | Walnut Creek, CA



1995 - Squaw Valley Community of Writers - Poetry Residency, Squaw Valley, CA


Bibliography & Press 

ArtSource Consulting. Afternoon in Oakland. ArtSource Consulting blog, April 7, 2015

Baker, Kenneth. Bay Area Visual Art Picks - Nov. 21 - 24., November 20, 2013

Grant Kriege, Nicole. "the moment at hand" Q&A with the artist. Marion & Rose's Workshop Blog, April 24, 2013

Flood, Greg. Report from the Oakland Art Murmur, Sept. 2012 - Part 1., September 17, 2012 (pdf. version)

Goldeen, Dorothy. Curating a Collection for Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek. NM DAILY, March 6 2012

Cheng, Dewitt. A Panoramic View at Bedford Gallery. EAST BAY EXPRESS, August 10-16, 2011 (p.22)

Cheng, Dewitt. Imagineering at David Brower Center: Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow Again. EAST BAY EXPRESS, June 29 - July 5, 2011 (p. 22)

Cheng, Dewitt. Bumper Crop at Berkeley Art Center: The Gallery Showcases a Bevy of Local Talent. EAST BAY EXPRESS, September 22-28, 2010. (p. 22)



Haiku and short poems published in Modern Haiku, Otata, is/let, Bones: Journal for Contemporary Haiku, #FemkuMag, Under the Bashō, moongarlic, Wild Plum, bottle rockets, Issa’s Untidy Hut, The Haiku Foundation Per Diem, Lilliput Review, and DMQ Review.



2013, 2009 - California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA (Extended Education)

2010 - University of California, Berkeley, CA (Extended Education)

1985 - B.A. Political Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo