Luci Westphal is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, writer, and social artist with a focus on biophilic art to enhance people’s well-being by connecting with the outdoors through art, especially in unexpected places.
Luci grew up in the big sky landscape of the Haseldorfer Marsch near Hamburg, Germany, where she got her first camera at age 8. After moving to America and graduating from film school in Tallahassee, Florida, she also lived and worked in Brooklyn, Berlin, and Colorado, and since 2018 in the Tampa Bay Area.
During the Brooklyn and Berlin years, she created mostly documentaries, music videos, and web series. The move to Colorado sparked a shift back to nature and photography. Not until living in the artist-uplifting environment of Pinellas County, did she take the emotional and mental leap to think of herself AS an artist and allow herself to think LIKE an artist and create and apply herself more freely and daringly.
Recipient of a 2023 St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant for the video, social, and biophilic project “St. Pete Moving Still” – which Luci hopes to expand into more locations. Her other most recent work involves transferring urban and street art photography to reclaimed wood. Several of her public art pieces are displayed on street corners in St. Petersburg, depicting bird photos turned into metal cutouts.
Two-time recipient of the Jerome Hill NYC Film & Video Production Grant for the documentaries “All God’s Children” and “All’s Well and Fair”.
Member of the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood (AEHK), St. Pete Arts Alliance (SPAA), and Warehouse Arts District ssocia9on (WADA). In her role as the chair of AEHK, she organized two of the annual Kenwood Artist Studio Tours, co-created the Bohemian Nights series at Kenwood Gables and the Winter in the ‘Wood Festival in Seminole Park.