I returned to Austin, Texas, where I was born, in 2007 to live and work after living in New York, Boston, San Francisco and various parts of Europe. I work primarily in photography, and also in video, installation, drawing, and language. My work lies at the intersection of immaterial aspects like time, light, consciousness and perception, and the materials that hold them.
Elizabeth Chiles graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Art History in 1997. She then worked as a registrar and client specialist at Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston for 4 years while building a portfolio for graduate school. In 2002 she moved to San Francisco and in 2005 graduated from San Francisco Art Institute with her MFA in Photography. Afterward, for two years she worked as associate director at Fraenkel Gallery.
In 2007 she returned to her home state of Texas, moving to Austin to pursue her own work as an artist. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and been a part of various group shows, including, Over Time, a solo exhibition at Pump Project nominated for best solo show in Austin 2015/16, 15 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art in 2011, The Texas Biennial in 2011 and in 2013 with the collective she helped found, Lakes Were Rivers, and The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, put together by Humble Arts in New York at the Chelsea Art Museum.
Elizabeth taught theory and photography at UT Austin, Texas State and Southwestern University for 6 years, teaching more than 30 courses. She served on the Board of Trustees and was co-chair of programming of 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.
Elizabeth has published four books and was twice included in The Phoenix Art Museum’s juried exhibition of self-published photography books. Her work is currently funded by the City of Austin cultural arts division. In 2016 she was commissioned by The Contemporary Austin to complete their prestigious Collector’s Circle print commission.