Gilah Yelin Hirsch, (BA UC Berkeley, MFA UCLA), is a painter, writer, theorist, filmmaker, lecturer and Professor of Art at California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles). She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, design, anthropology, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and world culture. An internationally exhibiting artist in over 250 exhibitions since 1968 including the Israel Biennale, the Whitney Museum (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hungarian National Museum, Slovak National Museum, Museo del Pintura, Oaxaca, Mexico, and acquired by many major public and private collections, including the, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Alexander Braun Collection, Budapest; Slovak National Museum, Bank of America National Banks, USA; University of California Medical Arts Collection, Los Angeles, CA, California State University Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, and Museo del Pintura, Oaxaca. Hirsch’s work has been reviewed extensively worldwide, has appeared on covers and within dozens of international publications, along with articles and chapters about her life and work, e.g. LA Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980; Bridges Magazine, ISSSEEM, 2010, Issue 3; Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues; Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine, 2007 Vol 16, No 3, 1994, Vol 2, No 1; Feminists Who Changed America; LA Times; The Reenchantment of Art; The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s; History & Impact and Artists of the Spirit: New Prophets in Art & Mysticism. Hirsch’s own articles and theoretical papers have been published in scholarly journals internationally e.g. MIT’s Leonardo: Journal on Science and Art; International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies; Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Journal of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Collections of Foreign Studies on Shamanism, Dalian Nationalities University, China. She has also authored the book Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin (Vehicule Press). Hirsch’s film Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe, an investigation into the relation between origin of alphabet, pattern in nature and the neurology of perception and cognition, has received worldwide interdisciplinary notice. Her current film, Reading the Landscape, brings these concepts to children of all ages in sixteen languages and cultures.

Hirsch’s numerous awards, honors, grants, fellowships and residencies include the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine’s (ISSSEEM) Alyce and Elmer Green Award for her “innovative blending of science and art;” US National Endowment for the Arts; California State University, CA; CLASS Foundation, CO; Panavision Inc; California Community Foundation, CA; Fieldmouse Foundation, CA; Takahashi Foundation CA; US Embassies of Slovakia and Ukraine; Mountain Conservation Recreation Authority, CA; ARTLAB, Civitella D’Aglioni, Italy, Dorland Mountain Colony, CA; Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; MacDowell Colony, NH; Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy; Tyrone Guthrie Center for the Arts, Ireland; International Painters’ Symposium, Slovakia; Tamarind Institute of Lithography, NM; St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England; Syracuse University, NY; Rim Institute, AZ., Morris Graves Foundation, CA; Songambele Arts Festival, Nairobi, Kenya. Besides leading numerous creativity and art and healing workshops worldwide, Hirsch has given over 300 presentations/keynotes on her work at universities, institutes and conferences internationally e.g. Santa Monica Museum, CA, Yale School of Divinity, CT; Haverford College, PA; McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Institute of Art, Science & Healing, Berlin, Germany; International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy Medicine, KS; TED X at First International Festival of the Arts, Bhutan; UNESCO’s 2015 International Year of Light Exhibition and Symposium at the National Museum, Budapest, Hungary; the International Interdisciplinary Symmetry Society, Santorini, Greece and 30th Congress, Adelaide, Australia; International Society for the Academic Study of Shamanism in Alaska, US, Delphi, Greece, and Hanoi, Vietnam.

Gilah Yelin Hirsch resides in Venice, California. Her archives are housed in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

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“I do believe that my house is a living entity. Not only is it rich in natural materials, but it has a definite vibration. One feels differently when entering… in creating a painting a moment arrives when the image begins to reveal itself. Similarly a deeply considered house: at a certain point, all the dedicated elements begin to merge, a unique personality is born, and it too begins to breathe on its own.” – GILAH YELIN HIRSCH


Selection of images from Cottages in the Sun – Bungalows of Venice, CA by Melva Levick & Margaret Bach