Elizabeth Chiles is an American artist based in Austin, Texas making visual art that searches beyond the physical, to places of peace, contemplation, and unity. Exploring the intersections between an embodied human perception, the ever-shifting and sublime world, and the mysterious world beyond our sensory awareness, Chiles’ work pushes the boundaries of photography. In addition to her visual art, she writes about photography and phenomenology.
It was upon seeing the infinite in a blade of grass as a child that Chiles began her personal and artistic pursuits.
Chiles graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Art History. She then worked as a registrar at Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston and later moved to San Francisco where she earned an MFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and worked as associate director at Fraenkel Gallery.
In 2007 she returned to her home state of Texas, moving to Austin to pursue her artistic career. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows, including Over Time, a solo exhibition at Pump Project nominated for best solo show in Austin 2015–2016, 15 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art in 2011, The Texas Biennial in 2011 and in 2013 with the collective Lakes Were Rivers, and The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, organized by Humble Arts at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Her exhibition Weave at grayDUCK Gallery earned her a nomination for Best Artist in the 2017–2018 season.
Elizabeth taught theory and photography at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Southwestern University for six years. She served on the Board of Trustees and was co-chair of programming at the Austin Center for Photography from 2008–2015, and has served as a mentor to several young artists and a juror on a number of grants and awards panels. She is the recipient of City of Austin arts grants from 2014–2020.