Elizabeth Chiles is an American artist based in Austin, Texas making visual art that searches beyond the physical, to places of peace, contemplation, and connection. Exploring the intersections between an embodied human perception, the ever-shifting physical world, and the mysterious world beyond our sensory awareness, Chiles’ work pushes the boundaries of photography. It was upon seeing the infinite in a blade of grass as a child that Chiles began her personal and artistic pursuits. Born in Austin and raised in Houston, Texas, Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been widely exhibited, 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 (now The Contemporary Austin) 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 2014–2021.
EDUCATION SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE, MFA Photography, San Francisco, CA, 2005 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, BA Art History, New York, NY, 1997 TEACHING ST. EDWARD'S UNIVERSITY, Austin, TX, Lecturer, 2021 HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, 2020 - 21 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 SOLO EXHIBITIONS GARDEN TIME:first phase of new evolution, McCarthy Circle, Austin, TX 2020 NESTS AND OTHER PLACES TO REST, The Line, Austin, TX 2019 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 TWO AND THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS 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 SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 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 TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY EXHIBITION, San Marcos, TX, 2010, 2012, 2013 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 SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, curated by Charles Boone, 2004 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 projects with LAKES WERE RIVERS COLLECTIVE STRANGE PILGRIMS, The Contemporary Austin, 2015 CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE AND THE ARCHIVE, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX, 2013 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 Field Guided, Wildflower Magazine, by Lauren Moya Ford, spring 2020 Elizabeth Chiles’ On Water exhibition at Central Library, CBS Austin program We Are Austin, interview with Trevor Scott, July 15, 2019 KUT, NPR in Austin interview with John Aielli, July 30, 2019 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 I Shutter to Think, Rising Stars in Austin, Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires, May 20, 2011 PBS television interview, Austin Museum of Art, March 2010 Catalogues 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 Grand Rapids Art Museum, studio visit 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 SERVICE Mentor, Austin Emerging Arts Leaders, 2020 - 21 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 Juror/Curator 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 Google 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 Miller, Austin Danielle Nieciag and Brian Sharples, Austin Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, Austin Susanna Singer, New York Chris Tomlinson and Shalini Ramanathan, Austin and Houston Tom and Olivia Walton, Arkansas