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Elizabeth Kleene

Assistant Professor

Dept. : Painting

“In teaching, I strive to cultivate the discipline, agency, and self-awareness which will help students sustain a lifelong curiosity and engagement with their art and life.”

Elizabeth Kleene is an artist and educator who lives and maintains a studio practice in Portland. Working primarily within the painting discipline, her recent work explores the malleability of perception and the strange states and processes of consciousness. Combining representational imagery and abstract gestural elements, she creates absurd visual jokes, puns, and paradoxes using formats and structures found in language, digital interfaces, games, and puzzles. Her works invite viewers to consider the relationships between thoughts and physical forms, and the absurd and mysterious ways we make sense of experience.

Elizabeth earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from The University of Georgia. She has been teaching painting and drawing since 2011 and actively exhibits her work both nationally and abroad. Recent laurels include fellowships from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico; The Hambidge Center, in Rabun Gap, Georgia; and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.

Visit Elizabeth’s website here.