Elizabeth Knowles Meet

Elizabeth Knowles

New York, NY

About Elizabeth Knowles

New York, NY

Organic patterns inspire Elizabeth Knowles’ work. Some are biological patterns on the cellular level of organisms. Others are geological patterns of earth's natural landscapes. Through painting and sculpture, Knowles explores dynamic patterns in nature, connecting landscapes and life forms, physics and physiology, growth and form.

Born and raised in St Louis, Missouri into in a family of naturalists and scientists (her father William S Knowles was a 2001 Nobel Laureate in chemistry), Knowles went on to receive her B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Current activities include site-specific installations for Bank of America Plaza’s Green Exhibit, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut, Chesterwood National Trust, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, outdoor sculpture for Governor’s Island, New York, New York (pictured in SCULPTURE), and Jenkins Arboretum in Devon, Pennsylvania. She has created numerous art installations for the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue pairing her work with Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, and Issey Miyake. Corporate commissions include site-specific paintings for the Galleon Group, New York, New York, and Enclave Capital, New York, New York. She has received numerous awards including grants from the Puffin Foundation, Miami Beach Cultural Council, E. D. Foundation, Artist's Space, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The Millay Colony, Yaddo, and The Banff Centre.

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Other works by Elizabeth Knowles

Selected Exhibitions

  • Tissue Farm
    Confluence, PA, 2022
  • Pelham Art Center
    Pelham, NY, 2022
  • Ely Center For Contemporary Art
    New Haven, CT, 2022
  • Allen Street Mall NYC Public Parks
    New York, NY, 2022
    Avery Point, CT, 2022
  • Westbeth Gallery
    New York, NY, 2021
  • The Mount
    Lenox, MA, 2021
  • Chashama
    New York, NY, 2021
  • Silvermine Galleries
    New Canaan, CT, 2020
  • New Canaan Land Trust
    New Canaan, CT, 2020
  • Flatiron Prow Art Space
    New York, NY, 2018
  • Artspace
    New Haven, CT, 2012
  • Governors Island
    New York, NY, 2012
  • Housatonic Museum
    Bridgeport, CT, 2012
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY, 2012
  • Bank Of America Plaza
    Charlotte, NC, 2011

Press and Accolades

    November, 2010
    April 8, 2007
    January 22, 2006


  • Pomona College, BA
    Claremont, CA 
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
    Chicago, IL  

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