Elizabeth N. Orleans (b. Philadelphia, PA.) earned her MFA at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA and her BFA in ceramics at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She has also studied at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Clayworks in Santa Fe, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the Oregon School of Art and Craft in Portland and the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy.

In the tradition of Southern California ceramic artists Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, Orleans continues to pursue innovation in her chosen medium. Her collisions of geometric and organic forms, often referencing growth, the human body, and abstracted life forms, have drawn comparisons to the work of artists Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois. She also furthers her interest in altering pre-existing spaces by creating architectural interventions that penetrate boundaries and explore movement, change, and the infinite possibility of time.



EXCERPT FROM: Elizabeth Orleans Feature

All of my art work is original as my unique style comes from within me and is all sculpted with my hands. I have developed my own language of shapes but have found that other artists in history think alike or come up with similar forms to each other. The outward shapes arose out of a yearning to shrink down and run around inside of my sculptures. I created 'Internal View' which gave the viewer a life size experience of walking through one of my pieces. This work visually grew out of the walls and dripped off of the ceiling.

-Elizabeth Orleans



Lives and works in Los Angeles.


2000     MFA, California College of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1997       The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1995       Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
               Oregon School of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
1994       Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC
               Clayworks, Santa Fe, NM
               Bachelor of Fine Art, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1992       Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA


2015        Hwit, The Loft at Liz’s Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014       Group Show Benefit, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
               Venice Art Walk, Venice Art Walk Auction, Venice, CA
2013       ELEMENTal, Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA2014
2012       Earth & Alchemy, Stephen D. Paine gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
              Space Oddity, S Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
              The Water Remembers, M. Herrington Gallery, Venice, CA
2011        Elizabeth Orleans Summer Project/ Solo Show, Royale Projects: Modern & Contemporary Art, Indian Wells, CA
               Fired! Contemporary Perspectives on Ceramics, Royale Projects: Modern & Contemporary Art, Indian Wells, CA
               Anniversary Group Show, Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA
2010       Group Show Benefit for Ready Willing and Able, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009      In bed Together, Royal T, Culver City, CA
2008      Hot for Winter, The Distillery, Venice, CA
2006     Winter Bright, Art Gallery at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA
               3 to the 3rd, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2004      Honoring Craft, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
               Internal View / Solo Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA
              15th Annual California Clay Competition Exhibit, The Artery, Davis, CA
2004      Visual Poetry, Heritage Square, Emeryville, CA
2003      The Art of Clay, The Art Gallery @ Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco State University, CA
               Clearly Black & White, Second Selection Award / Juror: Professor Michael Arntz, Tierra Solida: A Clay Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
               Wheels, Motors, Transport, Danville Fine Arts Gallery, Danville, CA
               New Vision: Introductions, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
               Visions in Clay 2003 New Vision: Introductions, University of the Pacific Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA
               East Bay Open Studio, Berkeley Artisans Open Studios, Sweet Lady Clay Studio, Berkeley, CA
2000     California College of Arts & Crafts Master of Fine Art Show, Ceramics Guild
1999      Grand opening of CCAC Beta building, CCAC Oakland & San Francisco, CA
1997       URN - An Invitational Mixed Media Exhibition, The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
               19 Ways With Clay, A Show of Hands, Philadelphia, PA
               The Clay Studio Associate Artists, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1994       Newcomb Clay: Unearthed, During NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts), Art by Law Gallery, New Orleans, LA
               Tulane University Bachelor of Fine Art Show, Senior Exhibition ’94, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
               Spring Art Festival ‘93 & ’94, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


1997        Brody Foundation Grant: California Community Foundation (In Writing)
1992        Jacob Javits Fellowship


BET, "Music Around the World", art featured on set, July 2, 2012 8pm BST
Ceramics Monthly, upfront featured artist image with segment, April 2005
Art Contemporaries, images with caption, Winter 2004
North Bay Bohemian, image with caption, December 1-7, 2004
KRCB Radio, talk show interview, December 1, 2004
The Davis Enterprise, article, "Ceramists hit town for annual conference," April 29, 2004
Contra Costa Times, open studios image, November 11, 2001

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