transformative artist, spiritual seeker, world traveler, and art advocate
Friday August 28th 2015


Lisa Rasmussen MFA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Broken Drum, San Rafael, CA 2011-present
  • JFKU Gallery. Caol Ait (Thin Places) Berkeley, CA 2008
  • JFKU, Dreaming the Earth, Berkeley, CA 2008
  • Color Graphics, Corporate Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2008-2010
  • The Red Door Gallery, Portals, Oakland, CA 2008

Gallery Representation

  • Terra Firma Gallery, San Rafael, CA, 2011-present
  • ROOM Gallery, San Rafael, CA 2010-2011
  • Studio 333, Sausalito, CA 2007-2009

Selected Group Exhibitions

Permanent Public Collections

  • Alameda County Family Justice Center, Oakland CA

Community Art Projects

  • Take 5: ARTbreak Day, Co-Director and Co-Founder, San Francisco Bay Area, 2011-present
  • ARTcart, Co-Director and Co-Founder, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, 2009-Present
  • The Red Door Gallery and Collective,, Co-Managing Director and Co-Founder, Oakland, CA 2008-2009
  • The ART of Transformation, Youth Art Fundraiser, Co-Director and Founder, Sausalito, CA 2007-2010
  • 1000 Hearts and Hands, Director, Curator, and Art Facilitator, Oakland, CA  2009-2010
  • Lincoln Child Centers At risk-Youth Photography Program, Founder, Oakland, CA 2010
  • Festival of Hope, Youth Art Exhibition, Oakland, CA 2007-2010
  • Youth Eco Trail, Founder and Director, Oakland, CA 2010

Selected Curated Exhibitions

  • The Red Door Gallery, Insights of Life from the Shadows of Death, The Red Door Gallery and Collective, Oakland, CA,
  • The Red Door Gallery, Myth, Magic, and Mystery, Oakland, CA, 2009
  • The Red Door Gallery, Small Works in a Big Space,  Oakland CA, 2009
  • The Red Door Gallery, Lineage, The Red Door Gallery, Oakland, CA,  2009
  • The Red Door Gallery, Art and the Body Politic, Oakland, CA 2009
  • The Red Door Gallery, Portals, CA, 2008

Professional Art Experience


Take 5, ART break Day, Co-founder, Director, Event Organizer, Manager, Fundraiser, and Art Facilitator, San Francisco Bay Area.

ART break Day is a free community ART reach event that encourages cultural exchange, communal bounding through the act of making art for free in public space with free and abundant art supplies.  Communities and 1000′s of individuals from all walks of life and continents take a break in the daily routine with the creative process. Take 5: ARTbreak Day participants who leave Take 5: ARTbreak Day’s free art making sites were filled with joy and pure gratitude for having such an amazing opportunity to create, connect, and be inspired by their own imagination and the fellowship of humanity. Event will expand to SoCal in 2012.


Art is Moving, Co-founder, Director, Blogger, and Art Facilitator

In collaboration with one other artist, I take part in both online and in public community art projects focused on cultivating the public to become more empowered through art.  Also, I have facilitated the art making process with thousands of adults, children, and elders in public spaces, festivals, art walks, and private events with the ARTcart.


ARTcart LA at the Wake Up CA Rally, Art Advocacy Art Facilitator,


Lincoln Child Center, Oakland, CA Art/Activity Therapist,

  • Pioneered Transformative Art Program-.Inclusive of creating own expressive art therapy curriculum and build bridges into the wider community through youth public art installations and gallery fundraising exhibitions
  • Worked with Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) kids. Developed therapeutic curriculum and mentorship program
  • Developed special projects to build links between the children and the larger community.
  • Led efforts to display students’ art in professional galleries and public spaces.
  • Founded the Phil Harley Youth  Professional Gallery on campus


MFA Graduate Program JFKU Berkeley, CA Graduate Mentor


The Red Door Gallery and Collective, Oakland CA Co-Founder, Curator, Management Team, Community Outreach Gallery Executive Manager and Curator. Gallery promotes community dialogue and provides a space for struggling artists, disadvantaged youth, the elderly, and others to exhibit art

  • National Institute of Arts and Disabilities at The Red Door
  • “Lineage” collaborated with Art with Elders, Bay Area at The Red Door
  • What does art Mean to you?” Lincoln Child Center children’s art“1000 Hearts and Hands” Fundraiser for art program for at-risk youth, ALC and Lincoln Child Center Oakland


Art with Elders, Transformative Art Teacher, Union City, CA


Visiting fellow,


Art Teacher/Mentor for At-Risk Teens, Teen Art Explosion Substance Abuse Program, Alternative High School, Rogers, AR

  • Developed and implemented a transformative art curriculum.
  • Used art mentoring as a tool for transformation to empower at-risk youth.
  • Cutting-edge work with kids made the cover story of Dreamtime, the official magazine of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Summer 2002

ESL Teacher, Guangzhou Practical English and French School, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

  • Taught beginning and intermediate English immersion to persons ranging from business professionals & young adults to teens and children.


Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Dreams and Dreamwork: Dream Group Leadership instructed by Prof. Jeremy Taylor, Graduate Theological Union


Fine Arts Consultant, Spirits in Stone Galleries, Sausalito, CA,Merrill Chase Gallery, Chicago, IL Franklin Bowles/Modern Masters/Dyansen Galleries, San Francisco

  • Provided excellent client service, developed collector relations, served as educator to the public
  • Studied, exhibited, and sold the works of Rembrandt, Max, Dali, Chagall, Picasso

Publications and Reviews



  • B.A. Studio Arts, Sculpture: The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • MFA; Coursework in Transformative Art: John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA
  • Coursework in Art History & Ceramics: Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy


  • Selected Inspirational Artist for the International Peace Project Traveling Exhibition, 2011
  • ARTcart grant, Koreatown Northgate, Oakland 2009
  • Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year: John F. Kennedy University Graduate Program: Holistic Studies (2008)
  • International exposure and sacred site travel includes travel to Peru, Nepal, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Singapore, France, China, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Guam, Irealnd,Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina & other places.


Interview with the Arts and Healing Network

Check out the interview I did for the Arts and Healing Network. Below is the article, and you can listen to her [Read More]


Latest work for Sale Metamorphosis You can see  more images of this work at Metamorphosis of Painting on my Blog. [Read More]

Painting Metamorphosis

New Painting Metamorphosis         [Read More]

Los Angeles Premier of Peace Rises

Los Angeles Premier of Peace Rises

  Lisa Rasmussen MFA, photography was selected from 1000′s of international artists who had submitted their [Read More]

The “Hands of Creation” won a Peace Award and will be Exhibited Internationally!!

The “Hands of Creation” won a Peace Award and will be Exhibited Internationally!!

My work was chosen from 1000′s of International Artist’s, whose amazing ARTworks had  the breadth of [Read More]

Take 5: ARTbreak 2011

ARTbreak 2011 San Francisco Site Just the Beginning of the photos!!! “We feel that everybody should have the [Read More]

Installation at Solo Exhibition

Installation at Solo Exhibition

  This images is an installation from my solo exhibition called Caol Ait. The piece on the floor is made from [Read More]

Sacred Runners @ Terra Firma Gallery in San Rafael

Sacred Runners @ Terra Firma Gallery in San Rafael

Raramuri I began this piece three years ago. I was inspired by a sacred trip I took to canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara [Read More]

Quoted in the SF Chronicle

Quoted in the SF Chronicle

Summer Learning Gives Kids Lessons in Fun! Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, June 22, 2011 [Read More]