Liz Wuerffel

liz wuerffel

Liz Wuerffel (she/they) Associate Professor 219.465.7908 VUCA 2419


MFA – Columbia College, Chicago (2006)
B.A. – Valparaiso University (2000)

Liz Wuerffel (MFA Columbia College Chicago, Interdisciplinary Arts and Media) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work has been shown near and far, from Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery to Java Arts in Phnom Penh. Wuerffel currently teaches digital media art at Valparaiso University where she also co-directs the Welcome Project, a first-person story collection used to foster conversations about community life and civic engagement. Wuerffel produced and directed a short documentary about Syrian refugees in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, Kawergosk: Home Made of Cloth and directed the short animation The Four Hijabs.

Interdisciplinary art, community-driven art, audio and podcasting, video, photography, oral history, and publicly-engaged scholarship

Stories from the Welcome Project air on Lakeshore Public Radio every Tuesday, routinely on Lakeshore PBS’s Friends & Neighbors TV show, as well as a weekly drop to the Welcome Project podcast. Wuerffel’s artwork has been shown near and far, including: Woman’s Made Gallery in Chicago, konnektor – Forum für Künste in Hannover, Germany, and Java Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Schuette, Allison, et al. “Mobilizing Digital Stories: Collaborating to Educate and Engage a Local Public in Realities of Homelessness.” Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy, edited by Paul Schadewald, et al., U of Cincinnati Press, 2020,

Paul Rodriguez, Sandeep Puthanveetil, Jeffrey Will, Elizabeth Wuerffel, and Alan Craig. 2017. Extracting, Assimilating, and Sharing the Results of Image Analysis on the FSA/OWI Photography Collection. In Proceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017 on Sustainability, Success and Impact (PEARC17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 42, 6 pages. DOI:

Schuette, Allison, and Elizabeth Wuerffel. “The More the Obstacles Fall Between Us: An Interactive Multi-Media Performance to Develop Empathy and Prompt Action,” Diversity Research Symposium: From Research to Action E-Book, edited by Littleford, L. N. & Alexander, C. A., Ball State, 2016, pp. 159-196.

Marcus Slavenas, Paul Rodriguez, Alan Craig, Elizabeth Wuerffel, and Jeffrey Will. 2016. Image Analysis and Infrastructure Support for Data Mining the Farm Security Administration: Office of War Information Photography Collection. In Proceedings of the XSEDE16 Conference on Diversity, Big Data, and Science at Scale (XSEDE16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 1, 6 pages. DOI: