Elizabeth Lide has a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA from Georgia State University. She is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
She is the recipient of a 2015/2016 Working Artist Project Fellowship from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), selected by Saisha M. Grayson, Assistant Curator Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
She has been awarded residences at The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), The Hambidge Center, Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and with the University of Georgia Department of Art in Cortona, Italy. She has been honored by the Georgia Commission on Women, Georgia Women in the Visual Arts.
Her solo exhibitions have included The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, The Arts Festival of Atlanta, La Mama in New York City, SECCA in Winston-Salem NC and Window on Gaines in Tallahassee FL. Her work has been in 75 group exhibitions including MOCA GA, The High Museum of Art, Carlos Museum at Emory University, A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, Atlanta College of Art, University of Maryland, Carlsberg Glytotek Museum in Copenhagen, The Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art, Georgia State University, The Upstairs in Tryon NC, Brenau College, The Swan Coach House and Eyedrum in Atlanta.
Her artists’ books have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The University of Damascus, The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Duke University, Emory University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Iowa, The ACA Library at SCAD, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Collection, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her drawings are in collections at The High Museum of Art, MOCA GA and in numerous private collections.
She has been a graphic and package designer for the industrial designer Raymond Loewy in New York City and design director of Art Papers magazine. She has taught art as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta College of Art and Agnes Scott College; and from 2004 to 2014 at The Paideia School.
As of 2016, Lide has been awarded residencies in Virginia (VCCA) and Georgia (The Hambidge Center).
My drawings, paintings, installations, books, and objects are both meditative and contradictory.
I have long used found objects, mundane materials and multiples to explore life cycles, personal questions and dilemmas, and to distill visual surroundings into color samples and grids. Recently, I have added stitchery to my repertoire. My artwork often references gardening and the complicated, mysterious lives of plants.
After teaching art in colleges and independent secondary schools and working as a graphic designer, I am now a full-time studio artist. Approaching my work with fresh purpose, I see the threads that connect my endeavors from many years ago to the present time.
Recently, I have been making art with materials accumulated over the years—cotton sock tops, Fabriano Mill paper samples, odd pieces of fabric, suture and cotton threads, papers left behind by a dear friend, my doll bed blanket, a tattered quilted bedspread. All resonate with me, some for unknown reasons.
Why did I keep these things and not others? I have a history with them, although some of that history is obscure. I am pulling them along into the present, sometimes alone and sometimes into new work.