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Liz Chilsen

"Prayer Shawl - Plenty" (detail) site specific installation for "Pink Noise", Catholic Theological Union, Hyde Park Chicago, 2018. Archival Inkjet photographs, Ceramic cornucopia, wooden shelf and handwoven prayer shawl

Liz Chilsen is an artist, arts administrator, and educator working in a range of media aligned primarily around the photographic image.

Her key concern is the role of the individual within a broad social and historical sweep, centered in place and the tangible; both expansive and intimate.

Liz’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is in a permanent collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Wisconsin Historical Society, Nicaragua Cultural Center, and University of Illinois, Comer Archive. Honors include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, a Telly Award, a National Educational Media Award, and the Intercom Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. She is a member of the Stella Photography Collective. She holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College, and a BS-Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her art-making practice, Liz teaches photography, and serves as Director of Exhibitions for CPS Lives. She is working on a photographic study of endangered places throughout Illinois as part of the State’s 2018 Bicentennial Celebration, funded by a grant from Illinois Humanities.

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