October 08, 2020 - January 18, 2021
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW Washington DC 20005

Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sun 12 to 5 pm

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(Side 1) cast paper, 100 x 92 x 40 inches 2020
(Side 2) cast paper, extracted wallpaper pattern 124 x 92 x 40 inches 2020

I am beyond honored and excited to announce that my work was chosen to be a part of the exhibition Paper Routes: Women to Watch to represent the Massachusetts Committee, from which the nomination itself meant a lot to me. I adapted the suspended sculpture from my 2019 installation at the Turchin Center of Visual Art to hang on either side of a wall in this show, which turned out to be more of a transformation than I anticipated and feels like a brand new piece.

This piece was initially devised in the wake of the presidential inauguration while many Americans were questioning the identity and values of their country. By the time I started working, the part of the South where I live was either on fire or underwater from various extreme weather events. The existential corrosion I was processing about the state of our country was literally at my doorstep in the form of environmental carnage. I started collecting fallen branches and other debris from these storms both around my home and places I visited, to make hollow replicas in cast paper to be combined with casts of domestic objects. Some items have a black coating of lockta paper that looked to me like a charred sheen or rot after a flood, and others are encrusted with a porous veneer of cut floral patterns from wallpaper that expose glimpses of the black interior upon close inspection. I felt as if I were bedazzling this debris in order to dress it up and hide its true identity.

" Paper Routes, the sixth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists working in paper. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 22 committees participating in this exhibition worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with paper. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Paper Routes." -NMWA

September 16, 2020 - February 15, 2021
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Wed:10am - 5pm, Thurs:10am - 8pm, Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Welder's Daughter: The Waiting Room
Iron filings from parents steel work, rust made with filings, graphite, face shield, paper, cast paper, wood, 144 x 120 x 40 inches, 2020

It has been years since I thought of drawing as anything other than a planning tool, and I admit that in order to figure out what to do for this exhibition I had to visit work from when I was using drawing as part of my regular studio practice. I am excited by what this piece sparked for future work and thrilled to show it along side so many of my heroes. "Welder's Daughter: The Waiting Room" is an installation created in a time of global mourning. I uncovered pieces from 10 years ago and designed a setting around them. At the time the ornate paper welding helmet and decorated face shield spoke about my relationship with both my father and his profession. Now the masks also talk about PPE, and how once undervalued items are now worth our lives.

I live over 1000 miles from my family and haven't seen them in almost a year, I am lucky because I still can, but luck and ease are very different things. Both my parents are working in steel now and they collected filings from my father's steel shop all summer to mail to me in NC so I could pay this tribute. The entire wallpaper pattern is made with those filings, either flocked or rusted for pigment. As I worked I could smell the familiar scent of my dad's steel shop and felt a brief closeness to that part of my past. Even going through the King Architectural Metals catalog for pattern design flooded me with memories of childhood boredom in his office. My greatest fear is not of my own mortality but that of those closest to me, of being left behind and missing last moments because of distance.

"SECCA proudly presents DRAWN: Concept & Craft, an expansive exhibition featuring more than 200 works by a wide array of artists including LeRoy Neiman, Kara Walker, Fab 5 Freddy, Kiki Smith, Sarah Sze and Buckminster Fuller. DRAWN brings together the diverse works of over 60 artists from around the world in an exhibition that provides a rare, revealing look into the creative process and artists' unique relationship with the art of drawing.

DRAWN is curated by project founder TOMAS VU and SECCA Curator WENDY EARLE with the assistance of BRIAN NOVATNY. DRAWN is made possible in part by the generous support of The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation." -SECCA

#stillcontemporary A group exhibition celebrating 40 years

HODGES TAYLOR Contemporary Gallery + Consulting Firm
Opens September 23, 2020
1414 S Tryon St, Ste 130 Charlotte, NC 28203

Traditional Victorian Rose
Cut wallpaper, laminate cast paper, glue, 8ply mat board 60 x 80 x 10 inches, 2020

I am so pleased to be an Artist Partner with Hodges Taylor Contemporary Gallery + Consulting Firm and thrilled to have my work included in their 40th anniversary exhibition and opening of their stunning new space in Charlotte's South End’s Rail Yard building. "Our inaugural exhibition, #stillcontemporary, features all 27 artist partners and highlights a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and objects that capture the essence of each artist’s craft." -Hodges Taylor

Burke Prize 2019

October 3, 2019 through April 12, 2020
Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle / New York, NY 10019
Public Talks: October 3 times tba

I am so thrilled to announce that I was chosen as a finalist for the Burke Prize! The selection of artists is incredible and I excited to see all of the work together next month.  I will be in NY for the opening events including public talks on October 3rd. 

An exhibition of works from the 2019 finalists for the Museum's Burke Prize, awarded to a contemporary artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. Selected by a jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design, the finalists represent emerging voices expanding the disciplines at the core of American studio craft movement whose highly accomplished work demonstrates a strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance.


Burke Prize 2019 Jury

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Valerie Cassel Oliver
Cannupa Hanska Luger


Elizabeth Alexander, Winston-Salem, NC
Indira Allegra, Oakland, CA
Bisa Butler, West Orange, NJ
Amber Cowan, Philadelphia, PA
Tanda Francis, Brooklyn, NY
Bojana Ginn, Decatur, GA
Raven Halfmoon, Norman, OK
Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Chicago, IL
Lauren Kalman, Detroit, MI
Helen Lee, Madison, WI
Linda Lopez, Fayetteville, AR
Jaydan Moore, Richmond, VA
Sophia Narrett, Brooklyn, NY
Sara Rahbar, New York, NY
Julie Schenkelberg, Hamtramck, MI
Sarah Zapata, Brooklyn, NY

Remainder Remains

Elizabeth Alexander + Tatiana Flis
August 28–September 29, 2019
Fountain St. Gallery: 460C Harrison Avenue, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02118
First Friday Reception: September 6, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Tea + Talk: Saturday, September 7, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

" Remainder Remains offers a rich combination of abstract and concrete imagery. In highlighting that which has been left behind, the exhibit evokes the memory of what has been taken, forgotten, lost, or stolen. An initial impression reveals other potential realities, as in a counterfactual narrative, and gradually discloses their layers of meaning." -Fountain St Gallery

This show is particularly special to me because I am pairing my work with my grad school peer, and close friend, Tatiana Flis. In this show I have several small collages of images of porcelain ware, as well as a selection of porcelain reductive pieces from my series Heirloom. I am premiering works from a new series of assemblages about relationships told through cut lampshades. Finally, the most exciting work in the show is the debut of a series of collaborative works I made at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that began in a Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Artist workshop in 2015 that I conducted with my husband, Todd Bowser.

Recent Acquisition

Expecting Company: Battenburg (positive and negative) were recently acquired for the Craft + Design Collection at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC and are now on permanent display!

National Museum of Women in the Arts Exhibition of Nominees

October 18 - 26, 2019
Gallery Kayafas 450 Harrison Avenue #37 Boston, MA
Reception and Celebration: October 18 (evening)

I am beyond honored to be nominated for the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition "Women to Watch 2020 / Paper Routes".  There will be a show to celebrate the nominees at Gallery Kayafas this October, where the artist chosen for the exhibition in DC will be announced.  I have been nominated along with a stellar group of women and I think the show at Kayafas should not be missed.

"The Massachusetts Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is participating in “Women to Watch 2020 / Paper Routes”, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We are thrilled to share our short list of nominated artists, selected by Lisa Tung, Executive Director of the MassArt Art Museum. The artists are Carly Glovinski, Elizabeth Alexander, Tomashi Jackson, and Youjin Moon. W2W 2020 will focus on the use of paper to create complex works of art, demonstrating that paper is not only a support for drawings, prints, and photographs, but instead a medium in and of itself."

I am so honored to have my work featured in School Arts Magazine's September issue
Follow the link to read about my current studio happenings, perhaps answer some questions or do an assignment while you're there.

Community Project with 'Deep Cuts'

"Play a critical part in the Currier’s first-ever community project for the lobby.  The project will be launched with this hands-on, interdisciplinary educator workshop designed to accompany “Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting.”  The workshop will be led by exhibiting artist Elizabeth Alexander, known for her engagement with antique wallpaper." -Currier Museum

While you visit the show, be sure to play in the community space and add to the cut paper mural using junk mail and stencils designed to replicate patterns in the museum's collection.  As you are working perhaps you will find your way to our workshop's mantra: 'Fake it 'til you make it'

Wrestling The Angel

March 23, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Betchler Museum of Modern Art

420 S Tryon St Charlotte,NC

Panel Discussion
August 29, 2018 6:30 pm
Come hear the artists from Wrestling the Angel!

Split over two evenings, the Bechtler will host panel discussions with 12 of the living artists featured in the current exhibition, Wrestling the Angel. They will discuss their work and how they relate to the two dominant themes in the exhibition: spiritual practice as artistic practice and religious iconography used for social critique. Join us for one evening or both!


• Elizabeth Alexander
• Julio Gonzalez
• Herb Jackson
• Linda Foard Roberts
• Jim Nicholson

A recent wallpaper sculpture, "There are two Ways for Spreading Light," will be included in "Wrestling the Angel, an exhibition that examines how religion and sacred art appears in work made by seemingly secular, avant-garde artists. The examples on view critically investigate the role of religion and spirituality as both a social component and as a visual language often implicitly present in daily life, even if the image is not explicitly referencing the original religious source.

Religious practices and spiritual contemplation have been integral to object-making throughout recorded history. Many disciplines study the practice, but most stop abruptly with the modern era. Yet numerous artists over the last two centuries have acknowledged that a religious upbringing, spiritual practice, or sacred art impact their work, whether overtly or obliquely. This effect can be seen in diverse ways—aesthetically, thematically, and formally." -Bechtler Museum

My work will be shown with a humbling list of artist heroes and I am very excited to see how this show comes together.

February 25, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Currier Museum of Art

"Deep Cuts will showcase work by contemporary artists who reconsider, redefine and even subvert the centuries-old practice of paper cutting. In the tradition of the craft, the art to be featured in the exhibition is impressive and intricate, but its subject matter is updated for the 21st century. Addressing deeper personal or social themes, the work will touch upon complex reference points including the various cultural, economic and environmental associations imbued in the humble medium of paper."

Artists featured in the exhibition: Elizabeth Alexander, Noriko Ambe, Hina Aoyama, Doug Beube, Ambreen Butt, Jonathan Callan, Rob Carter, Charles Clary, Brian Dettmer, Andrea Dezsö, Lauren Fensterstock, Adam Fowler, Randy Garber, Meg Hitchcock, Jim Hodges, Li Hongbo, Fred H C Liang, Marco Maggi, Youdhi Maharjan, Stefana McClure, Lisa Nilsson, Julian Opie, Shannon Rankin, Nikki Rosato, Kim Rugg, Mathias Schmied, Jane South, Jill Sylvia, Sarah Sze, Yuken Teruya, Robert The, Randal Thurston, August Ventimiglia, Mark Wagner, Kara Walker and C. K. Wilde.

I created "Crumbs Under My Pillow," a site-specific wallpaper installation for this show.

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104

I May Not Be A Lion

April 7 - June 18, 2017

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy

118 East Kingston Avenue, Suite 16 | Charlotte, NC 28203

Artist Talk May 20 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The artist talk will be moderated by Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion at The Mint Museum.

"I May Not Be A Lion references Queen Elizabeth I's iconic quote about underestimation: "I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub and I have a lion's heart." The exhibition is a survey of works that use removal and rearranging of decorative embellishment through different cutting and assemblage techniques in various forms of sculpture, collage, and photography. Found porcelain, images of porcelain, formal gardens, party dresses, furniture, and antique wallpaper are dissected and reorganized to visualize the cost and absurdity of social climbing through material veils." -Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy Press Release

Heirloom is touring

Some of my cut porcelain works from Heirloom are featured in the touring State of the Art Exhibitions:

January 29 – March 26, 2017

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Memphis, TN


May 26–September 10, 2017

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Nashville, Tennessee.   


Apr 22 2017-Sep 3 2017

Mint Museum

Charlotte, NC


"Over the course of one year, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Traveling to communities large and small, the museum found artists whose work engages broad audiences, demonstrates a high level of skill, and sparks conversation about important issues of our times. This one-of-a-kindexhibition, drawing from nearly every region, offers an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art. State of the Art brings together works in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, fiber, sculpture, video, ceramics, installation, and more. The exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and new."

The Great Enemy of Truth Elizabeth Alexander with sound by Todd Bowser

Dates: January 11 - June 1 2019
Exhibition Celebration: Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm with live performances 6:30-9:00 PM
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Turchin Center for Visual Art's Main Gallery 423 W King St. Boone, NC
Website: https://tcva.appstate.edu/exhibitions/2278

'The Great Enemy of Truth contains a series of cut commemorative plates and a site-specific installation by Elizabeth Alexander with an integral sound component by Todd Bowser. The artists will transform the Main Gallery through intricate paper installations, suspended sculpture, found objects, costumes, dinner plates and sound for an immersive experience that the artist says: "seems double-edged, a dreamlike scenario that is both familiar and foreign, inspiring frequent shifts in mood."

The title series and show title were extracted from a speech made at Yale University by John F. Kennedy: “for the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” This illuminating statement was made in 1962, yet feels like an accurate portrait of our current era of fake news, tribal politics and emotional baiting at the forefront of contemporary culture and decision making.' -Turchin Center Website

This is the largest space we have worked in to date and one of my favorites.  Be sure to view the work from the balcony before you take the elevator to the gallery below.

Art on Paper

Dates: Feb 3, 2019 – May 5, 2019
Venue: Weatherspoon Art Museum - Located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets, Greensboro, NC
Website: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/exhibitions/show/?title=art-on-paper-2019-the-45th-exhibition

Let Him Speak First (positives) was selected as one of the works for this amazing annual survey of works on and of paper.  'Art on Paper celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper—either as surface or material—is a primary concern. Since 1965 the Weatherspoon’s Art on Paper exhibition has charted a history of contemporary art through outstanding works on paper. Art on Paper offers community members the exciting opportunity to purchase art, as all works in the show are for sale. Proceeds go directly to the artists and their galleries. The Dillard Fund and xpedx have provided long-standing support for the Weatherspoon to acquire selections from each Art on Paper exhibition for The Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, which now numbers over 570 examples.' -WAM website


July 22, 2018 - October 14, 2018
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South 1st St., San Jose CA.

"With reference to printmaking, sculpture and illustration, the subtractive art of paper cutting is going through its own Renaissance. As society moves into the digital age, paper, which was once part of our everyday lives, is fading out to more environmentally friendly alternatives. This exhibition pays homage to the art of paper cutting, an activity that has been celebrated since the 4th century." -San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Let him Speak First

August 2 – December 30, 2018

William King Museum of Art
415 Academy Drive, Abingdon, Virginia.
Opening Reception: August 2, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Let Him Speak First spans almost 10 years of my work investigating antiquated value systems and emotional compartmentalization.

"Alexander manipulates discarded decorative materials, such as wallpaper and porcelain tableware, to create works that address cultural perceptions of homemaking and beautification. In this exhibition, Alexander explores these themes through repetitive methods of deconstruction and reconstruction. The phrase “Let him speak first” comes from a vintage collection of etiquette instructions for new wives and addresses the artist’s interest in altering 'relics of the American Dream.'” - William King Museum

Skin Deep: Elizabeth Alexander & Charles Clary

January 8 - March 30, 2018

University of Northern Colorado

Mariani Gallery, Guggenheim Hall, Room 100

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18 from 4-7pm
Artist Talk with Elizabeth Alexander: Thursday, February 8 at 5pm, Guggenheim Hall, Room 001
Artist Talk with Charles Clary: Tuesday, March 20 at 5pm, Guggenheim Hall, Room 001

I have a new installation and 5 porcelain works on display in company with Charles Clary's stellar cut paper works.

Video Interview

"The University of Northern Galleries is proud to announce Skin Deep, an exhibition featuring the work of Elizabeth Alexander (Winston Salem, NC) and Charles Clary (Conway, SC). Skin Deep highlights the work of two artists who cut into antique, found objects such as: frames, wallpaper, and porcelain wares, to either erase or embellish ornamentation. Both artists innovatively cross boundaries between decorative arts, design, and fine art by applying gestural, precise cuts that alter their subject matter through processes that are obsessive, repetitive, and intuitive.

Elizabeth Alexander appropriates discarded relics of the “American Dream”, such as porcelain teacups and decorative wallpaper. Alexander unmasks ephemeral symbols of wealth and domesticity by meticulously removing all decorative ornamentation from her objects. What remains is a clever, defunct artifact that takes on a new identity as a culturally critical, yet ethereal sculpture. The absence of pattern transforms the ubiquitous forms of everyday objects from ordinary to fine art.

Charles Clary layers scrapbooking paper within found objects, such as picture frames, to create landscapes that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. Clary’s “paper towers” invite viewers to closely explore a world of garish color, laser-like cuts (although they are actually hand cut) that are both playful and inviting.


The title for the exhibition, Skin Deep, references the phrase commonly used to refer to something superficial or not lasting. While the suggested meaning of this phrase alludes to a negative connotation, Alexander and Clary reveal that just beyond the surface, should you take the time to look, lives a much more complex narrative waiting to be told. Both artists employ labor intensive, highly detailed, hand cut processes to allure the viewer to look beyond the surface of their work, and consider the deeper symbolism and context “growing” inside." -UNC Website

12 x 12: 12 Artists from the 12th State

February 1, 2018 to April 22, 2018

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

750 Marguerite Dr. Winston-Salem, NC

Opening Reception Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

WUNC Interview

I will be showing a new incarnation of "Crumbs Under My Pillow" at SECCA complete with a live performer at the opening reception.

12X12: 12 Artists from the 12th State presents North Carolina artists who were selected by jury to participate in the12 X12 pop-up artist salon series at SECCA during 2016-2017. The artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. The artists are Elizabeth Alexander, Endia Beal, Martha Clippinger, Bill Fick, Mijoo Kim, Beverly McIver, Katy Mixon, Kirsten Stolle, Bob Trotman, Hong-An Truong, Lee Walton, and Pinar Yoldas.

The 12X12 artists were selected by Cora Fisher (Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA) and four guest jurors: Linda Dougherty (Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art); Lia Newman (Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College); Marshall Price (Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University); and Mary Anne Redding (Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts). 12X12 is an arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation.

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