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Liza Zapol is an artist and an oral historian. She creates sound, multimedia and performance on the themes of creativity, memory and place, using documentary methods. Liza teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University.

Liza Zapol was the Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Oral Historian at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. At the Archives, Zapol focused on creating oral history projects of artists who were underrepresented in the Archives of American Art, specifically Latinx artists, African American Women Artists, and Native American Women Artists. Liza personally conducted extensive oral histories of artists at the intersection of performance and conceptual art, including Michael Smith, Martha Wilson (who revealed she was a Guerrilla Girl in the interview), and Lawrence Weiner, among others.

Liza also worked for the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating oral history projects, and she created the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network. Liza developed the oral history program for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, and interviewed artists, including David Driskell, Brice Marden, Alex Katz, and Emma Amos. She has also worked with the National Building Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Zapol started her career in performance, creating documentary and ensemble based theater. Liza has worked with theater director Julie Kline (Seniors and the City), scenic designer Cameron Anderson, and Elevator Repair Service Theater.

Zapol has taught at Columbia University and the New School for Drama, and lectures on the intersection of oral history and art. She was an instructor for the ART CART: Saving the Legacy project, training graduate students to conduct oral histories with older artists in New York. She earned a certificate in Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts, and a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. B.A. with Honors from Northwestern University. M.A. in Oral History at Columbia University.