Statement and Bio

In my work, the concept is the materials and the content is the handling of those materials. The work is about color, tactility, flexible surfaces, sensual intelligence, experiences of space. It’s about unexpected material collisions and unlikely physical relationships. It’s about engaging with history while rebelling against convention. And always my work is about visible labor and difficult pleasure, about being too many things to be comfortably categorized. It's an image and it's an object. It's beautiful and it's intelligent.

I make tactile and open-ended objects that freely cross back and forth between disciplines and that adapt to different locations or contexts, with no fixed mode of display. My process is an intuitive collaboration between me and the emerging piece in an open-ended experiment to arrive in an unexpected place. The process — like the work itself — is stubborn, optimistic, democratic. The work succeeds when it surprises me. I want it to talk back, to assert itself as an equal.


Lizzie Scott has been working at the intersections of textiles, painting and sculpture for over 20 years, exhibiting work throughout the US and in Europe. Lizzie received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, her BA from Brown University, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her work has appeared in solo, two-person and group exhibitions thoughout the US and Europe, including at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (NYC), Zurcher Studio (NYC), Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Kate MacGarry Gallery (London), John Tevis Gallery (Paris), The Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Jersey City Museum, The University of Dallas (TX), The Ohio University Art Gallery, (OH), and Bennington College (VT). From 2009-2016 Lizzie ran The Total Styrene Experience, a roving performance laboratory. Her work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum and The New York Times. Lizzie has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts sponsored artist. Her work is in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the RISD Museum.



1998 MFA, California Institute of the Arts

1994 Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program

1993 BA, Brown University

Solo exhibitions

2015 Drifters, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY

2013 Paintings and Works on Paper, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY

2010 Floating Island, John Tevis, Paris, France

2007 Window/Wall, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

2006 Windows & Bars, LMAKprojects, Brooklyn, NY

2004 The Satin Subway Grate Rubbings, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY

Two Person exhibitions

2024 (November) Lizzie Scott and Barbara Weissberger, Catskill Art Space, Livingston Manor, NY

2024 Architecture of Layers: Yifat Gat and Lizzie Scott, Haggerty Gallery at Dallas University, Dallas, TX

2024 Keiko Naharashi and Lizzie Scott, Klaus von Nichtssagend, NYC

2022 Mimi Chen Ting and Lizzie Scott, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Marina Adams and Lizzie Scott, Galerie Gris at Salon Zürcher, Zürcher Studio, NYC

2015 Drifters, Neveruses: Josh Blackwell and Lizzie Scott, Songs for Presidents, Queens, NY

2015 Ordinary Things: Shirley Irons and Lizzie Scott, Heskin Contemporary, NYC

2014 On the Verge: Lizzie Scott & Patricia Satterlee, Crossing Art, Queens, NY

2002 Silkies: Matt Connors and Lizzie Scott, Hot Coco Lab, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Josh Blackwell; Lizzie Scott, PS 122 Gallery, NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 (November) Folds, Project ARTspace, NYC

2022 X’S Four, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY

2021 Downtown 2021, LaMama Galleria, NYC

2019 Languages of the Heart, John Molloy, NYC

2018 Emoji Show, Klaus Von Nichtssagend, NYC

2017 Soft Power, Leslie Heller, NYC

2017 We Need to Talk, outside, North Adams, MA

2017 Domestic Disturbances, 490 Atlantic, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Driven to Abstraction, Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC

2015 Handmade Abstract, BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Color, Shape and Form II, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY

2014 The Last Brucennial, Bruno Schnabel, NYC

2014 Genesis Forward Battery, Underdonk, Ridgewood, NY

2013 Page 179, Artforum, September 2013, Brennan and Griffin, NYC

2011 Underemployed, Zurcher Studio, NYC

2011 30: A Brooklyn Salon, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Beyond Drawing: Constructed Realities, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH

2006 Ragged, Kate MacGarry, London, England

2005 Anthology der Kunst, ZKM, Karlsruhe, GDR

2004 Open House: Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

2004 Yarns, Solomon Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2003 Pilgrimage, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

2002 Social Space, Cuchi Fritos, NYC

2002 Love Shack, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Cities and Desire, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Artists’ Writing Reading Room, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA

1999 Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1998 Six Emerging Artists, Dan Bernier, Los Angeles, CA

1998 Blinded By the Light, The Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Performances

2017 Total Styrene: Fool for Love, Songs for Presidents, Ridgewood, NY

2017 Counterpointe5, Collaboration with Ursula Verduzco, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Runaways, VAPA Center, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

2016 Drifters, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Total Styrene: True Believer, Songs for Presidents, Queens, NY

2012 Total Styrene: A Gauche Louche, Zurcher Studio, NYC

2012 Styrene Lounge, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Total Styrene: Breakdown, Klaus Von Nichtssagend, NYC

2012 Styrene Lounge, Art in Odd Places Festival, NYC

2012 Totally Total Styrene, The Art School Project, Queens, NY

2011 Floating Island, John Tevis Gallery, Art Paris, Paris, FR

2009 Happening Sur L’Herbe, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

2009 The Styrene Fantastic, Movement Research Spring Festival 09, Rachel Uffner, NYC

2007 East River Stairway Parade, DAC Art Under The Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Windows and Bars Walk, LMAKprojects, Brooklyn, NY

2003-4 Satin Subway Grate Rubbings, Sidewalks throughout New York, NYC

1998 Travelogues, Sidewalks in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston

Selected Bibliography

2019 Kara Schocken Aborn, Artist Profile: Lizzie Scott, C# Christie’s Education Modern and Contemporary Art Magazine, September 2019

2016 David Cohen, Armory Week Pick of the Day: Marina Adams and Lizzie Scott, Artcritical, March 1, 2016

2012 Sara Roffino, Dumbo Arts Festival, Art Info, September 28, 2012 (illustration)

2012 AIOP Transforms 14th Street, Street Art NYC, October 7, 2012 (illustration)

2012 Total Styrene Breakdown, TimeOut New York, August 10, 2012 (illustration)

2012 Rozalia Jovanovic 8 Things to do in the New York Art World, GalleristNY, August 7, 2012 (illustration)

2012 Whitney Kimball The Measure L Magazine, August 6, 2012

2010 Robert J. Hughes, Lizzie Scott, ArtSlant Paris, November 8, 2010

2009 Claudia La Rocco, The Styrene Fantastic, The New York Times, September 18, 2009

2009 Claudia La Rocco, Song and Dance Diary, Artforum, May 3, 2009 (illustration)

2008 Jennie Klein, Lizzie Scott, Beyond Drawing: Constructed Realities, Ohio University Art Gallery, 2008

2004 Charlotta Kotik, Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art,
2004 (illustration)

2004 Today in New York, Artist uses Sidewalk as Canvas NBC Television, May 17, 2004

2003 Randy Kennedy, She Sees Art, And You’re Walking On It, The New York Times, October 14, 2003 (Illustration)

2003 Ken Ehrlich, Brandon Labelle, and Steven Vitiello, editors, Surface Tension: Problematics of Site, Errant Bodies Press, 2003 (illustration)

2002 Holland Cotter, Where Witty Meets Gritty, The New York Times,
November 15, 2002

2002 Cuchi Fritos Time Out New York, November 7–14, 2002

2001 Holland Cotter, Lizzie Scott and Josh Blackwell, The New York Times,
May 11, 2001

1999 Martha Schwendener, Artist in The Marketplace, Time Out New York,
August 26–September 2, 1999

1999 Holland Cotter, Artist in The Marketplace, The New York Times, Friday,
July 23, 1999

1999 Marisol Nieves, and Lydia Yee Artist in The Marketplace 19th Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1999 (illustration)

1998 Six Emerging Artists The LA Weekly, June 19–25, 1998

Awards, Grants, and Residencies

2011-2016 NYFA Fiscally Supported Artist

2010 BRIC Arts Media Fellowship

2002 The MacDowell Colony

1997 Friends of CalArts Fellowship

1993 Minnie Helen Hicks Fine Arts Prize

Selected Collections

Museum of Modern Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The RISD Museum

Auberge Resorts Collection

J. Crew Corporate Collection

Represented in Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area by GUT Gallery