Hap Tivey, a pioneer of the Southern California Light and Space Movement of the 60s and 70s, is inspired by light as a viewer engaged medium. Working from his knowledge of physics and his time spent in a Zen monastery in Japan, Tivey presents conditions or situations of light that involve the audience. Tivey has been represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery since 1981. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Menil Collection (Houston, TX), the DIA Foundation (New York, NY), the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY and Bilbao, Spain), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), and P.S.1 (Long Island City, NY). Tivey recently retired from teaching new media at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). In 2017 Tivey received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.