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

WEAVE, GrayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX  2018
ON MY MIND, AGAIN, Southwest School of the Arts, San Antonio, TX, 2016
OVER TIME, Pump Projects, Austin, TX, 2016
ON MY MIND, AGAIN, Canopy, Austin, TX 2014
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


Spring Eternal, The Long Center, Austin, TX, 2017

INFOCUS, juried exhibition of self-published photobooks, Phoenix Art Musuem, AZ, 2016-17
6 x 7, City Hall, Austin, TX, 2016
POST HUDSON, Frontispiece Hudson, Coxsackie, NY, 2016
STRANGE PILGRIMS, The Contemporary Austin, 2015
UT AUSTIN FACULTY SHOW, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX 2015
INFOCUS, juried exhibition of self-published photobooks, Phoenix Art Musuem, AZ, 2014
MAIL ART, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT, 2014
ON THE ROAD, Aperture Foundation Benefit, New York, NY, 2014
BLOG RE-BLOG curated by The Latent Image, NY and I like this blog, LA, Big Medium, Austin 2014 and Signal Gallery NYC 2013
MOVING/STILL curated by Kerry Inman, Houston Center for Photography & Fotofest, 2013
A Collection, Tiny Park Gallery, Austin, TX, 2013
Self/Reflect, part of Advanced Young Artists, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX, 2013
HER , Rolla Foundation, Bruzella, Switzerland, 2012
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST POPUP, Citygram Magazine, Austin, TX, 2012
UT AUSTIN FACULTY EXHIBIITON, Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, 2011
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, curated by Virginia Rutledge, 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
WINTER SELECTIONS, Rayko, San Francisco, CA, 2005
TRUTH AND LIES, Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005
MEMORY/LOSS, Lacunae Gallery, San Francisco, curated by Alla Efinova & Levia Stern, 2004
Shadowboxing, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Take Out, Swell Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA
Fragments of Contemporary Urban Life, Diego Rivera Gallery; San Francisco City Hall; and Michaelis Gallery at the University of Cape Town, South Africa
2002Creative City, San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, San Francisco, CA

TEXAS BIENNIAL, Blue Star Art Museum, San Antonio
RE(COLLECTION) benefit for Pastelegram organized by Noah Simblist, Space X, Fort Worth, 2012
RE(COLLECTION), Lakes Were Rivers responds to the Ransom Center, EAST, Austin, TX
DARK MATTER, Vanderbilt University Gallery, Nashville, TN
PANTA REI, Box 13, Houston, TX (in conjunction with Foto Fest)
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
Touring the Tour, Seth Orion Schwaiger, The Austin Chronicle, November 21, 2014
The Austin American Statesman recommends for EAST, November 13, 2014
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 201
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, 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
Lakes Were Rivers at Domy Books, The Austinist, February 16, 2011
Art trifecta: 2011 Texas Biennial expands from Austin to Houston and San Antonio, Culture map, Houston, December 19, 2010
PBS television interview, Austin Museum of Art, March 2010
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, testsite launches ‘Just Because’ series, and more, The Austin American Statesman, Thursday, March 4, 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
The flower and the bloom, self published monograph; 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, 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
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
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
Finalist, Art Pace Residency, fall 2014 selected by Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Warhol Foundation Idea Fund Grant, 2012
Fellowship, Hambidge, Creative Residency Program, summer 2014
Best photographers to Lakes Were Rivers, Austin Chronicle, 2011
Texas State University, grant to Lakes Were Rivers for our book “Swan Cycle”, part of ‘Strange Pilgrims’ exhibition at The Contemporary Austin
Nominated for Best Museum Exhibition for Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive, Harry Ransom Center, Critics Table Awards, 2014

Public Talks and Lectures

2017 Blanton Museum
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
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, 2007 – 2009
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2007
GALLERY ASSISTANT, Walter & Mcbean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, 2002-2005
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 Centerfor Photography
Mentorship through Young Artist Program with The Contemporary Austin, 201
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

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


The Line Hotel, ATX, LA, DC
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

Janet and Wilson Allen, Austin
Julie Castellano, New York
Mike Chesser, Austin

Deborah Green, Austin & New York

Nena Griffin, Atlanta
Cathy Kaplan, New York
Laurence Miller, Austin
Danielle Nieciag and Brian Sharples, Austin
Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, Austin
Susanna Singer, New York
Emily Stein, Houston

Olivia and Tom Walton, Arkansas & Austin