SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, MFA Photography, San Francisco, CA, 2005

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, BA Art History, New York, NY, 1997


UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, Austin, TX, Lecturer, Art Theory, 2011 – 2015

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Georgetown, TX, Assistant Professor of Photography, 2012 – 2015

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, San Marcos, TX, Lecturer, Art, Art History and Honors, 2009-2013

LESLEY UNIVERSITY, Art Institute of Boston, Low Residency MFA, Graduate Mentor, 2010



ON WATER, Central Library, Austin, TX 2019

WEAVE, Architectural Digest Design Show, New York, NY 2019

WEAVE, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, 2018

ON MY MIND, AGAIN, Southwest School of the Arts, San Antonio, TX, 2016

OVER TIME, Pump Projects, Austin, TX, 2016

BOOK OF PRAISE, testsite, Austin, TX 2010

VISIBILITY, Spartan, Austin, TX 2009


LUMENS & CURRENTS, Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger, Grayduck Gallery, Austin, 2017

IN THE SPACE OF SUMMER (with Karen Cleveland and Olivia Valentine), Whitespec, Atlanta, GA, 2016

BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE OR WE’LL BREAK YOUR BONES, Installations and Experiences by Elizabeth Jean Chiles and Beverly Jane Bajema, Pleasure Palace, Austin, 201


WINTER GARDEN, Houston Center for Photography, 2020

INFOCUS v. 2,  Phoenix Art Musuem, AZ, 2017

POST HUDSON, Frontispiece Hudson, Coxsackie, NY, 2016

UT AUSTIN FACULTY SHOW, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX 2015, 2011

INFOCUS, Phoenix Art Musuem, AZ, 2014

MAIL ART, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT, 2014

ON THE ROAD, Aperture Foundation Benefit, New York, NY, 2014

MOVING/STILL curated by Kerry Inman, Houston Center for Photography & Fotofest, 2013

HER , Rolla Foundation, Bruzella, Switzerland, 2012


THEN AND NOW Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI, 2012

NEW ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Chelsea Art Museum, curated by Vanessa Kramer, New York, NY, 2011

TEXAS BIENNIAL, Austin, TX, 2011

15 TO WATCH: NEW ART IN AUSTIN, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, 2011

DECK THE WALLS, John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX, 2010 and 2009

HOME, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, 2005


Fragments of Contemporary Urban Life, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco City Hall; Michaelis Gallery, the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2002

Creative City, San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, San Francisco, CA, 2002


STRANGE PILGRIMS, The Contemporary Austin, 2015


TEXAS BIENNIAL 2013, Blue Star Art Museum, San Antonio

Warhol Foundation Idea Fund Grant, 2012

DARK MATTER, Vanderbilt University Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2012

PANTA REI, Box 13, Houston, TX (in conjunction with Foto Fest), 2010

Abbreviated Bibliography

Austin Art Talk Podcast, Elizabeth Chiles

Elizabeth Chiles: Weave, Melanie Jean, Austin Chronicle, May 4, 2018

Weaving light: In her newest photographic work, Elizabeth Chiles embraces serenity, Erin Keever, Arts + Culture, May 2018

Weaving light: In her newest photographic work, Elizabeth Chiles embraces serenity, Erin Keever, Sightlines Magazine, March 2018

Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger: Lumens & Currents at Grayduck Gallery, Sam Anderson-Ramos, Austin Chronicle, January 6, 2017

Photography project uses cloud formations to examine time, Austin American Statesman, April 14, 2016

Elizabeth Chiles: Over Time at Pump Projects, The Austin Chronicle, April 1, 2016

7 things in 7 days, top things to do in Austin this week, Austin American Statesman, March 25, 2016

Strange Pilgrims exhibition to come to The Contemporary Austin, The Daily Texan, September 2015

Strange Pilgrims at The Contemporary Austin, Kate Green, Art Forum, November 2015

5 Can’t Miss Stops at EAST 2014, Austin Way Magazine, by Wes Eichenwald

The nature of the [b]EAST, Seth Orion Schwaiger, Arts & Culture, October 26, 2014

MOVING/STILL: Recent Photographs by Texas Artists” Tries to Make Peace With Nature, Houston Press, September 24, 2013 by Altamese Osborne

Top 5 in Houston this week (Moving/Still at Fotofest & HCP), Glasstire, September 2013

Archives Inform Modern Photographers work at the Ransom Center, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, The Austin American Statesman, July 14, 2013.

KUT, NPR in Austin interview with John Aielli, June 27, 2013

West Austin Studio Tour artist plays with light, nature and the cycles of life by Luke Quinton, The Austin American Statesman, April 25, 2013

In the Studio: Elizabeth Chiles by Andy Campbell, The Austin Chronicle, April 14, 2013

Dark Matter, Critics pick, Nashville Review, November, 2012

Pictures of E.A.S.T, Katie Geha, Glasstire, November, 2012

I Shutter to Think, Rising Stars in Austin, Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires, May 20, 2011

PBS television interview, Austin Museum of Art, March 2010


Strange Pilgrims, Heather Pesanti, The Contemporary Austin, UT Press, 2015

Moving/Still, Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography, 2013

Texas Biennial 2013, Virginia Rutledge, Texas Biennial, Austin, 2013

Young Artist Program, The Contemporary Austin, 2013

HER, Rolla Foundation, Italy, 2012.

Texas Biennial 2011, Virginia Rutledge, Texas Biennial, Austin, 2011

The The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, Amani Olu and Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, 2010

Home, Root Division, San Francisco

The History of Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco

New Art in Austin, Kate Bonansinga, Toby Kamps, and Andrea Mellard, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, 2011

Artist books

Weave, 2018, poems, available at grayDUCK Gallery, Austin

Electric Blue Flowers, 2016, writings and photographs, Farewell Books and Frontispiece Hudson

The flower and the bloom, monograph of work made in Maine, summer 2011; available at Fotofest, Houston

Lakes Were Rivers: Number One, collaborative artist book

Book of Praise produced in conjunction with testsite exhibition; available at Domy Books, Houston

Theatre, monograph of Theatre project, with essay by Toby Kamps, senior curator, Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Special edition portfolio, Gum Drops, produced at Cloverleaf Studios, Austin, TX

Special edition portfolio, Everyday Portals and Pleasures, produced at Cloverleaf Studios, Austin

Special edition portfolio, Theatre, produced at Cloverleaf Studios, Austin

Published Writings

Cover art: American Short Fiction, fall 2013

Fields Magazine, featured artist, summer 2014

Endless Ocean, Endless Sky, Fuse Box Festival, …might be good, issue 99

Interview with Jessica McDonald, I Love Texas Photo, September 2013

Grants & Awards

Nominated for Best Artist in Austin, 2018, Austin Critics Table

Nominated for Best Solo Exhibition in Austin, 2016, Austin Critics Table

Finalist, Art Pace Residency, spring 2017, selected by Michelle Grabner

The Contemporary Austin, Collectors’ Circle print commission, 2015

City of Austin, Core Funding Grant, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Finalist, Art Pace Residency, fall 2014 selected by Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Fellowship, Hambidge, Creative Residency Program, summer 2014

Best photographers to Lakes Were Rivers, Austin Chronicle, 2011

Nominated for Best Museum Exhibition for Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Harry Ransom Center, Critics Table Awards, 2014

Public Talks and Lectures

2019 Site Santa Fe, Museum board studio visit

2018 Blanton Museum of Art, Museum trustees studio visit

2018 Blanton Museum of Art, Gallery Talk with Veronica Roberts

2016 Grayduck Gallery, Austin, exhibition talk

2016 Houston Center for Photography, Studio visit and tour

2016 Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Artist talk

2016 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, Artist talk

2015 The University of Texas at Austin, faculty exhibition, program lecture

2014 Canopy, conversation with Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin

2014 Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia, Artist talk

2014 The University of Texas at Austin, Quest Program, Artist talk

2013 The Harry Ransom Center, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Public Talk on Exhibition

2013 Houston Center for Photography, exhibition walk through with curator

2013 Fotofest, exhibition walk through with curator Kerry Inman

2013 KUT/KUTX, Austin’s NPR station, Radio interview with John Aielli about HRC exhibition

2012 Texas Educators Association, presentation: Photographing the Everyday and Storytelling through Photography

2011 The Austin Museum of Art, Public Talk on Exhibition

2011 PBS interview at Austin Museum of Art, Interview for local PBS station

2011 The University of Texas at Austin, visiting artist lecture in The History of Photography

2011 The University of Texas at Austin, faculty exhibition, program lecture

2010 Texas State University, visiting artist lecture in Studio Practicum

2009 Texas State University, visiting artist lecture in Studio Practicum

2009 testsite, exhibition talk

Professional Experience

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, 2007 – 2009

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2007

REGISTRAR & CLIENT SPECIALIST, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, 1998-2002


Board Member; Executive Committee Member & Co-chair of Programming, Austin Center for Photography, 2008 – 2014

Established and led a for-credit internship between Texas State University photography students and Austin Center for Photography

Mentorship through Young Artist Program with The Contemporary Austin, 2013

Organized the annual fundraiser for AIDS at Barbara Krakow Gallery 2000 – 2002

Boston Art Dealer’s Association, 1998 – 2002, Secretary of the organization 1998 – 2002

Independent Studies with undergraduate and graduate students, UT Austin and Texas State University, 2010 – 2014


Curator, ArtStartArt, 2017

Panelist, City of Austin Cultural Arts Funding 2016

See.Me juror for the international competition for Conceptual Photography

Texas State University, 2013, juror for exhibition of Buddhist mandalas

Art City Austin, 2010, juror for the city wide exhibition for photography

Visual Arts Club, Sun City, Texas juror for all visual arts categories

Public Collections include:

The Contemporary Austin

The Archer Hotel, New York and Austin

Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin

Dimensional Worldwide


The Hirshhorn Library, Washington DC

The Rolla Foundation, Switzerland

The Line Hotel, ATX, DC, LA

Private Collections include:

Miranda Bennett, Austin

Julie Castellano, New York

Mike Chesser, Austin
Deborah Green, Austin & New York

Joel and Stacy Hock, Austin

Cathy Kaplan, New York

Laurence Miller, Austin

Danielle Nieciag and Brian Sharples, Austin

Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, Austin

Susanna Singer, New York

Chris Tomlinson and Shalini Ramanathan

Tom and Olivia Walton, Arkansas