Anya Liftig
Since 2006

Anya Liftig was born in Norwalk, CT in 1977. After a debilitating leg and nerve injury, she began dancing as a form of physical therapy, eventually traveling to New York while still in middle school to train in the Balanchine technique with teachers from The New York City Ballet. She continued her training in New York and by fourteen was a scholarship student at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, commuting from Connecticut after school to dance with their Teenage Ensemble. The daughter of two educators from disparate cultural backgrounds, Anya’s upbringing was divided between suburban Connecticut and her mother’s native Eastern Kentucky mountains.

In addition to an active professional dance career, Anya was President of the Westport Young Democrats, interned on Capitol Hill for Senator Christopher J. Dodd D-CT, was one of nine National Scholarship winners of the Discover Card Tribute Awards and wrote a column for her local newspaper. She enrolled at Yale University and began her art training under the guidance of Tod Papageorge and Gregory Crewdson. While at Yale, she received numerous grants including the Adrian Van Sinderan Award, the Richter Grant, and the Sudler Grant for the Performing Arts and the Saint Anthony Hall Education Fellowship. She was the Co-Founder of the Group for the Alliance of Life and Art and appeared in eight major theater productions as an undergraduate. In her junior year, she was elected to the Elizabethan Society for her achievement in rare book collecting and English Literature.

Anya began her work in photojournalism as the Opposition Field Research Tracker for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign before leaving to freelance for The New York Times Magazine. She moved to Atlanta and in 2004 graduated from Georgia State University with a Master of Fine Arts in two programs, Photography and Performance.

In graduate school, Anya began to work in a variety of mediums, including returning to sculpture, Her work began to address themes of self-doubt, the cleavage of growing up as a cultural mutt, and a dark humor imbedded in the sometimes innocuous symbols of femininity. She currently approaches both her studio and performance practice like a mad scientist working a lab, testing out various combinations, springing mouse traps for visitors, and creating equations that sometimes only make sense to her alone.

She returned to New York in 2005 and currently is the Global Gap Year Manger for Rustic Pathways, responsible for the development of programs in fourteen countries. Her photographs and artworks have been published in, Billboard, USA Today, Now and Then, Green Mountain Review, Mix Magazine, Heeb Magazine, Westport Magazine, The Yale Alumni Magazine, Science Scope, Southern Exposure, Collages and Bricollages, Public Culture, The New York Times Magazine, Carolina Quarterly and many more. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at, The University of Wisconsin, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, The Tank, Chashama, HERE Arts Center, Mess Hall, The University of Chicago, Denison University, Art Basel Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, White Space, Galapagos, Youngblood Gallery, Saltworks, Abrons Arts Center, Movement Research and many more.

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Call For Contributors--Rejected

Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:00

United States of America


INCUBATE Chicago will be hosting multi-media artist, Anya Liftig, September 12-13th, 2008. During her twelve-hour overnight performance, "Rejected," she will read from her collection of over 400 rejection letters. This performance will begin at 7pm and conclude at 7am the following morning. Members of the public are invited to come and bring their rejection letters (personal, professional, etc.) to the location to be read. Additionally, Liftig is searching around the world over the internet for contributors.

Letters can be scanned an emailed to or you can send physical photocopies to:

Anya Liftig
94 Easton Road
Westport, CT 06880

Anything you send will be read at the performance. Feel free to block out names or any information that you deem sensitive.

Deadline, September 12, 2008

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