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’s interdisciplinary work has been the shown throughout the United States and in Europe. She has been working with the intersections of textiles, painting and sculpture for nearly 20 years. Lizzie received an MFA from CalArts, a BA from Brown University, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has had solo exhibitions at John Tevis Gallery (Paris), Galerie Gris (Hudson), The Jersey City Museum, and LMAKprojects (NY). Her performances, sculptures and paintings have appeared in group shows including at Zurcher Studio (NYC), Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Kate MacGarry Gallery (London), Ohio University Art Gallery (Athens), Bennington College (VT) the Brooklyn Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Lizzie ran “The Total Styrene Experience” an intermittent roving performance laboratory from 2009-2016. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum and the New York Times. Lizzie is a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscally-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. She is a member of the BFA Fine Arts faculty at School of Visual Arts.



1998 MFA, California Institute of the Arts

1994 Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program

1993 BA, Brown University

Solo and Two Person exhibitions

2024 Yifat Gat and Lizzie Scott, Haggerty Gallery at Dallas University, Dallas, TX

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

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

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

2015 Drifters, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY (Solo)

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

2013 Paintings and Works on Paper, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY (Solo)

2010 Floating Island, John Tevis, Paris, France (Solo)

2007 Window/Wall, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ (Solo)

2006 Windows & Bars, LMAKprojects, Brooklyn, NY (Solo)

2004 The Satin Subway Grate Rubbings, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY (Solo)

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

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

2016 Salon Zürcher, Zürcher Studio, NYC

2015 Handmade Abstract, BRIC House, Brooklyn, 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

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

2004 Yarns, Solomon Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2001 Cities and Desire, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Selected Performances

2017 Fool for Love, Songs for Presidents, Ridgewood, NY

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

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

2010 Floating Island 1, Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France

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

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 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)

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)

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

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

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

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

Selected Collections

Museum of Modern Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The RISD Museum