Bio /CV

Elizabeth Nelson was born in New York City, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and received a master’s degree in art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When she moved to a farm in northern Vermont she became part of the working landscape for forty years, starting a dairy farm with ten heifers and ending with three hundred cows twenty seven years later. She has shown paintings in many venues in Vermont and New Hampshire, and also in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, and is represented in galleries and permanent private and public collections in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and California. She has won two Vermont Public Art commissions for a total of eight paintings and her work is part of the Vermont State Art Collection. She was awarded a residency in Reykjavik, Iceland from SIM, The Icelandic Artists Association, for the month of May 2017 and the month of October 2018.


Individual Shows

TW Wood Gallery Montpelier VT 2018
Sterling College, Craftsbury VT 2018
The Ice Fishing Shanty Gallery, West Glover VT 2018
Barre Opera House Barre VT 2018
Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT Seasonal Expressions (three person show) 2018
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro VT 2017-2018
River Arts, Morrisville VT 2017 Parker Pie Gallery, West Glover VT 207, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Arts, Lebanon NH 2017
Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier VT 2016
Catamount Arts Center, Rankin Gallery, St. Johnsbury VT 2016
Craftsbury Community Care Center, Craftsbury VT 2012, 2016
University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington 2016
Innovation Center of Vermont, Burlington VT 2012, 2013, 2015
Burlington International Airport, Burlington VT 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The Bees Knees, Morrrisville VT  2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Trustee’s Room, Sterling College Craftsbury VT 2014
Parker Pie Gallery, West Glover VT 2012, 2014
Parson’s Corner, Barton VT 2014
National Life Building, Montpelier VT 2014
Vermont Metro Gallery, Burlington VT 2014
Maltex Building, Burlington VT 2012-2013-2014
Catamounts Arts Center, St. Johnsbury VT 2013
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild & Gallery, St. Johnsbury VT 2013
Downs Racklin and Martin, Burlington VT 2012
The Miller’s Thumb, Greensboro VT 2000 – 2003, 2011, 2012
Furchgott + Sourdiffe Gallery, (featured artist) Shelburne VT    2011
White Water Gallery, East Hardwick VT 2011
Art in the Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier VT     2000, 2010
The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley PA    2010
Claire’s, Hardwick VT     2010, 2012
Governor’s Corridor, Montpelier VT   2010
Towle Hill Gallery, Corinth VT    2010
Maple Ridge Gallery, Newark VT    2010
The Art House, Craftsbury Common VT 2009
Cobella Design, Portland OR    2008
Sean & Nora’s, Barre VT     2008
Grannis Gallery, Burlington VT     2007
Staver Locomotive, Portland OR     2007
Roche + Bubois, Portland OR     2006
Lakeview Gallery, Greensboro VT     2006
Vermont Law School, South Royalton VT    2004
Catamount Arts Gallery, St. Johnsbury VT    1998, 2002
Tamarack Gallery, East Craftsbury VT     2001
Office of Mental Health, Waterbury VT    1999
Office of the Agency of Human Services, Waterbury VT    1999
Chaffee Center for the Arts, Rutland VT   1997, 1999 
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT   1996
The Center Gallery, Newport VT   1996
Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville VT    1995
AVA Gallery, Lebanon NH    1993
Beside Myself Gallery, Arlington VT     1990
Passapartout Gallery, Winooski, VT    1989


SíM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland   May 2017, and October 2018
Of Land and Local, Elmore State Park, Shelburne Farms, Elmore and Shelburne VT 2015
Of Land and Local Exhibit at Shelburne Farms 2015
Vermont Studio Center Johnson VT 2000
Selected Juried and Invitational Shows 
Spotlight Gallery of the Vermont Arts Council: Northeast Kingdom Artists, Montpelier VT 2019
4th Annual Arts Connect, Catamount Arts Gallery, St Johnsbury 2018-19
Miller’s Thumb, Greensboro VT 2019
Connections, Edgewater Gallery, Stowe VT 2018
Artists to Watch: Spotlight Gallery, Vermont Arts Council Montpelier VT 2018
Patricia Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich NH 2018
Arts Connect at Catamount Arts, St, Johnsbury VT 2017-2018
Of Land and Local/VT Metro Burlington City Arts, Burlington VT 2017
SIM Resident Artists, May, Reykjavik Iceland 2017, 2018
Land and Light and Water and Air, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2000 through 2018
The Sky’s The Limit, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2018
Travelling Artists, Bryan Gallery 2017
The Miller’s Thumb   Greensboro VT 2000- 2006 2008---2017
New Vistas, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2016
After The Harvest, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2016
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich NH 2008 through 2018
1-2-3 Math and Art SPA Barre VT 2016
Encountering Yellow, SPA, Barre VT 2016
Farm to Table, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2016
River Works II, River Arts, Morrisville VT
Generations, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2015
Romancing the Garden, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2015
SPA, Barre VT Amore, 2015
Catamount Arts, Second Tuesday Group Show 2014
Gems, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 2014
Claire’s, Selections from 2nd Tuesday Art Group, Hardwick VT 2013
Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, VT 2013, 2015
Trees, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT    2011
Second Tuesday, Castleton College, Castleton VT 2011
KCA, Greensboro VT 2009
Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered, Shelburne VT, New York NY, Manchester VT 2009
N.A.W.A., New York NY 2009
Maple Ridge Gallery Newark VT 2009
2nd Tuesday, AVA Gallery, Lebanon NH   2009
Kiesendahl + Calhoun, Pleasantville NY   2009
Art of Vermont: The State Collection: Bryant Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville,  Bennington Museum, Brattleboro VT, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland VT, Goodrich Library, Newport VT, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT   2009 -2011
Art in the Vermont Supreme Court Retrospective, Montpelier, VT    2008 
Altered Reality, Cooler Gallery, White River Junction, VT      2007
Finish This, Cooler Gallery, White River Junction, VT   2007
Whitewater Gallery, East Hardwick VT 2007, 2014
Pepper Gallery, Boston MA  2007

Behind Closed Doors, Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 
ArtHop, Burlington VT
Chaffee Center for the Arts, Rutland VT
Vermont Selections, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT and St. Michael’s College, Colchester VT
Tamarack Gallery, East Craftsbury VT  2000-2007
Catamount Arts, St.Johnsbury VT
Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, Irasburg VT
ARA Show, T.W.Wood Gallery, Montpelier VT
Over and Under, T.W.Wood Gallery, Montpelier VT
Office of the Auditor of Accounts, Montpelier VT
Art in the Round Barn, Waitsfield VT
Basin Harbor Invitational Show, Basin Harbor VT
Annual National Exhibition of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown NY
Stratton Arts Festival, Stratton VT
Generations A.I.R.Gallery, NY, NY
Culture and Agriculture, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI
Artists of the Garden, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT
Reflections, Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes VT
Scissors, Paper, Stone: Toward the Cutting Edge, Lexington KY
Susquehanna Art Society 11th Biennial Exhibit, Sellingsgrove PA
Vermont Women Artists Gallery North Star, Grafton VT
Mowing The Mountains, Burlington VT
Vermont Memory Maps: Brattleboro Museum and Johnson State College
Vermont Council on the Arts, Office of the Govenor
Passpartout Galley, Winooski VT
Vermont Artists, Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe VT

Public Art 

Royalton Department of Public Safety
Permanent installation: Four Paintings of the Central Vermont Landscape, Royalton VT 2006
Derby State Police Barracks: Permanent Installation; Four Paintings of Northern Vermont, Derby VT 2003
Finalist: Caledonia Courthouse, St. Johnsbury VT 2000
Finalist: Permanent Installation, Emory Hebard Building, Newport VT 1998


2018 The Blanche E. Colman Award, Boston MA
2017 Honorable Mention, Arts Connect, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT
2017 Second Prize The Color of Light Edgewater Gallery Middlebury VT
2012 Third Prize, Land and Light, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT
2011 Third Prize, Trees, Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville VT 
1998, 1992,1991: Cavanaugh/Kowalisky Prize, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland VT
1995  Award, Art in the Round Barn, Waitsfield VT
1993  Jury Prize, Stratton Arts Festival, Stratton VT


Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, West Burke VT 2015
Jay Peak Resort and Conference Center, Jay VT 2012
Peggy and Max King, Pittsburgh PA
The Waskowmium Collection, Burlington VT
Scott Hoyt, New York, NY
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Tanglewood  MA
The Federal Reserve in Boston 
Ellen Braithwaite and Stephen Schaffran, Richmond CA
The Carver’s Guild, West Groton MA
The New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Montpelier VT
The Clarina Howard Nichols Center Morrisville VT

Represented by:

New Hampshire: Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich NH 
Vermont: Burlington City Arts, Burlington VT
Vermont: Miller’s Thumb Gallery, Greensboro VT


Rhode Island School of Design,  1963 B.S.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  1967 M.A.T.

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