Updated: Jun 4
Meet Elizabeth Allison, the artist and educator, and her creative process at work.
Elizabeth Allison was born in 1975 in Chicago, IL. After receiving her BFA from the University of Michigan she moved to New York City where she continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York. She received her MFA from the City College of New York.
Allison's landscape paintings are often inspired by the pulsating energies of New York City and the surrounding region. Her expressive paintings chase the light at dusk or dawn, depict the atmospheric times of transition, and peer into the spaces between things. They aspire to capture the way the air looks, but smells, feels and changes in each infinitesimal moment.
In her portraits and still life, Allison draws from scenes in her personal life, producing deeply profound images that are compelling in their quietness and intimacy. A talented sculptor as well, her work explores deconstructed form, using fragmented and often isolated figures.
Allison is the recipient of the Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, a Nessa Cohen Grant, three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants and a Chashama Studio Residency. Public works include: a Model to Monument Participant and a monumental sculpture in Riverside Park South.
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Allison is also an inspiring educator who is deeply committed to both her students and their art. She has taught at the City College, Guttman Community College, The Art Students League of New York, The New York School of the Arts and various workshops worldwide.
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EXHIBITIONS (*solo) 2021 Bee in the Lion, NY (upcoming)
Moroso, NY (upcoming)
2019 Hugo Galerie, NY Instructors Exhibition, The Art Students League, NY 2018 5th Neo-Moroism Exhibition, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University and
Tokyo Gallery, Beijing
Hugo Galerie, NY Instructors Exhibition, The Art Students League, NY 2017 Hugo Galerie, NY Instructors Exhibition, The Art Students League, NY 2016 Massey Lyuben Gallery, NY Hubert Gallery, NY Anderson Contemporary, NY Art Gallery 345, NY 2015 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY Art Gallery 345, NY 2014 chashama Studio Artists, 4 Times Square, NY NYU Kimmel Galleries, NY Morris-Jumel Mansion, NY Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY 2013 Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY chashama 461 Gallery, NY 2012 Axelle Galerie, Boston * Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY Governors Island Art Fair, NY 2011 Model to Monument: 1/3 Scale Model Exhibition, NY 2010 Pennington Gallery, NY 2009 The Affordable Art Fair, NY 2008 Oglivy & Mather, NY 2007 Gensler Exhibition, NY 2006 Dillon Gallery Project Room, NY * National Sculpture Society 73rd Annual, Fairfeild, CT and Brookgreen Gardens,
SC 2005 Galleria Eclectica, Venice 2003 The Affordable Art Fair, NY 2002 Franklin Peppermint Gallery, NY
2012 Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY 2011 Model to Monument: Riverside Park South, River Gazers, NY Model to Monument: Van Cortland Park, Mask, NY 2010 The Greenpoint Sculpture Wall, NY AWARDS AND HONORS 2012-15 Studio Residency, chashama, NY 2010 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal 2009 Honorable Mention, National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NY 2008 Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, Friends of Raluca Popescu, NY 2007 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation, Montreal 2006 Tallix Foundry Prize, National Sculpture Society, NY 2005 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation, Montreal 2004 Nessa Cohen Memorial Grant, Art Students League, NY 2003 Fellowship, Newington-Cropsey Academy of Art, Hastings, NY COMPETITIONS 2013 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NYAA, NY 2009 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NYAA, NY 2002 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, Lyme, CT The Stewardson Competition, PAFA, Philadelphia EDUCATION 2018 City College of New York, NY M.F.A. 2001-07 Art Students League, NY 1994-99 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor B.F.A. PRESS 2016 The Jimmy Fallon Show 2014 The High Line in New York City Absher Design Group 2012 The Arts Observer 2011 The New York Times NBC, News 4 New York The Daily News DNAinfo Gotham Girl Chronicles
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