University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., ’85
Smith College Junior Year Abroad in Florence, ’83-’84
Parson's School of Design, MFA Painting Program, one year ’89
Newport Art Museum, Ilgenfrtiz Gallery (May-August 2014)
Robert Foster Fine Arts 2011-2016
South Wharf Gallery, Nantucket MA (2001 - 2011)
Alliance Francais, Washington DC (2003)
Nicole Saul-Kogut Gallery, Potomac MD (2000, 2001)
Windows with a View, Newport RI (2002)
Main Street Gallery, Nantucket MA (1994 - 1997)
Jamestown Philomenian, Jamestown RI (1996, ’02, ’11)
City Hall, Lincoln Chaffee's Offices, Warwick RI (1993)
Veterans Hall, Providence, RI (1992)
Newport Juried Members Show (2000,2001, 2014)
Jamestown Arts Center "Members Show" (2013-16)
Jamestown Arts Center “Collaboration” (2008-12)
The Jamestown Gallery, Jamestown RI (2009 - 2010)
Egan Institute, Nantucket Art Association (2007, ’09, ’11)
Didi Suydam Studio, Newport RI (2008)
Alliance Francais, Washington, DC (2001)
Ergo Art, Newport RI (1998 - 2000)
O. Duncan Connelly Fine Art Gallery, Italian Institute, SF CA (1995)
Lee Arthur-Christian Bardenheuer Studio, NYC NY (1994)
Century Association, NYC NY (1990)
Artist Association of Nantucket 1998 - 2016
Conanicut Art Association 1990 - 2016
Jamestown Arts Center, co-founder
vice president 2007- '10
advisory board 2010 -’13
advisory counncil 2014-16
Elizabeth Congdon was born in Connecticut in 1962 and moved to the Upper West Side of New York City with her family in 1970. Raised in the literary world of her parents, she spent her childhood surrounded by the arts and artists. Visitiing the Metropolitan Museum of Art she fell in love with painting and became interested in travel, different cultures, and the history of art
Congdon recieved her BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, taking her junior year to study art in Florence at Studio Cecil- Graves with realists Charles Cecil and Daniel Graves. After a brief time working in NYC's fashion business and travelling throughout India and Nepal, Congdon attended Parsons School of Design's MFA Painting Program where her teachers were AMerican Expressionists Paul Resika, John Helicker and Leland Bell. In 1989 Congdon moved to Rhode Island and began her painting career there and in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Congdon has shown nationally, and has had a solo show every year in Nantucket almost 3 decades, represented by the Main Street Gallery, South Wharf Gallery, and presently at Robert Foster Fine Art Gallery. She has taught at the Newport Art Museum where she had a solo exhibition in the summer of 2014. She also was one of the founders of the Jamestown Arts Center, where she has shown and taught since it's inception in 2005.
Now in her 50's, with a teenage daughter and a husband of almost 20 years, Congdon has been recently accepted into the Painting MFA Program at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach , California. She is looking forward to temporarily relocate out west and become an accredited college level art teacher while expanding her unerstanding of classical painting techniques in order to deepen her own personal painting narrative.
My paintings are emotional responses to life, both observed and remembered. I’ve evolved my style by painting series of certain landscapes or flowers/objects which have become iconic to me. As I progress from painting to painting, I move from vision to revision to re-envision. In this way I hope to imbue my work with more passion and meaning.
French Impressionism, and the Flemish and Italian Renaissance are my biggest inspirations. Having trained classically, I start each painting on the neutral tone of linen, primed with transparent rabbit skin glue. From there I paint with saturated color, letting the purity of color describe both light and emotion with a mix of classicism, impressionism, and vibrancy.