Artist’s Statement

 Painting is about experience meditated on in a peculiar manner with the hope of sustaining genuine feeling and selfhood despite the myriad of emotional dangers inherent in living.  It is both more cruel and more intimate than everyday life in its effort to preserve the depth and complexity of intimate engagement with life, not just to reflect the accommodations necessitated by our emotional and physical survival.  At its best it is a compassionate endeavor; a form of experiencing that feels fully; accepting pain, grief and joy without the indulgences of judgement that limit our vulnerability, need, and fear but also our sense or realness.  Thus, my paintings express a world that possesses me as much as I feel I possess myself.  It is a troubled love within the dream of my painting, but one in which I believe the vulnerable can survive.


                                Elizabeth Shreve



1997            MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1990            PhD in Psychology, Miami University of Ohio

1970            BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2006        Our Flesh and Blood,  Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2004        House of Madness and Mirth, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001      Wheel Of Fools, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2000      Carl Hammer 2000, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999      Carl Hammer Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1999    Sextablos, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

1998                  Keep Off The Grass, NFA Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998    Carl Hammer Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1997    Small Wonder, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997    Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997    MFA Thesis Show, SAIC, Chicago, IL

1995    Post-baccalaureate Show, SAIC, Chicago, IL

1986               C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH

1985                   C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH

1978                   Artist’s Space, New York, NY


1999    Illinois Arts Council Grant 
2006              CAAP Grant