Elizabeth McAlpin

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Elizabeth McAlpin is a contemporary mixed media printmaker and painter working with abstract and realistic imagery to transform her values and the experienced world into visual narratives.  Born in NYC, she lives and works in NYC. Her work was recently included in group exhibitions: Ink, New Prints, Site Brooklyn Gallery, NY (2020); Solar Impressions Exhibition, Southampton Arts Center, NY (2020); and Fiber as Metaphor, galleryFritz, NM (2019).


Art making is the place that holds me, where I can surrender and fall into deeper listening. The work contains many tools developed over many years in order to allow it to evolve. I studied traditional and non-traditional forms of art from painting to printmaking with various mentors in the U.S. and abroad. For four years, I rigorously practiced classical forms of drawing and painting in New Mexico and France. This practice became the foundational tools in my toolbox. After, I diverged to develop my own visual narrative on large canvases while painting murals in NYC. Later, I found the art of printmaking and worked with various master printers over many years. Now, as a mixed media artist, I work with abstract and realistic imagery to transform inner dialogues into visual narratives. I layer textures, patterns, etchings, drawings, photographs, paint, as well as thread and stencil on paper or canvas. Currently, I am incorporating my background in technology and media  into my work with sound and robotics.

Most recently, my work focuses on environmental issues ranging from the impact of urban planning, suburban sprawl, and pollution. Specifically, bottle bots are a body of work aimed to communicate the impact of single use plastic in a linear economy. Using a mixed method approach on paper I combine lithographs, etchings, collographs, and stencils to raise awareness to the dominance of plastic in our lives. The empty plastic imagery dances and floats on a background. This work has also expanded to include 3D elements whereby I paper mache physical plastic bottle forms. Some bottles maintain their shape and are painted in gold, black and red with symbolic imagery. Others are crushed and painted in dramatic colors.  Some paper mache bottles have sound while others move robotically. The 2D and 3D work together to awaken us to see beyond our field of vision to how this system of single use plastic impacts human and animal life globally.

Please also visit/follow           _eternal_narrative_        on instagram. 


NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

  • PhD, Educational Communication and Technology

Teachers College, Columbia University

  • EdM, Instructional Design and Technology

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

  • MA, Educational Communication and Technology

Denison University

  • BA, Philosophy [Concentration in French and Art History]
  • Year Abroad, NYU/La Sorbonne, Paris, France

Art Education

The Manhattan Graphic Center, New York, N.Y.

  • (2019) Fred Mershimer (Etching)
  • (2019) Gerry Wall (Threading)
  • (2018; 2019) Arnold Brooks (Lithography)
  • (2018) Bill Gauthier (Gilding on Paper)
  • (2018) Lisa Mackie (Mixed Media)

Galisteo Street Studio, Santa Fe, N.M.

  • (2018) Ron Pokrasso (Layers & Plates)
  • (2017) Ron Pokrasso (Layers & Plates)

Lower Eastside Printshop, New York, N.Y.

  • (2017) Karen Lederer (Monotype)
  • (2010) Sarah Nicole Phillips (Monotype)
  • (2004) Randy Hemminghaus (Etching)

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, South Norwalk, C.T.

  • (2004; 2009) Anthony Kirk (Etching; Monotype)
  • (2004) Dan Weldon (Solarplate)

L’Ecole Albert Defois, France

  • (1993-1998) Ted Seth Jacobs

Ryder Studio, Santa Fe, N.M.

  • (1993-1998) Anthony & Celeste Ryder

Private Collections and Commissions: New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Mexico, Australia, France

Exhibitions (Group)

2020 Works Created During Lockdown, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY [Juried]

2020 CCAN 2020, CCA Breed Gallery, Abilene, TX [Juried]

2020 USPS Art Project, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2020 Under Pressure, The Lincoln Center, For Collins, CO [Juried] Second Prize Winner

2020 Pulling Prints, DVAA gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

2020 Ink: New Prints, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY [Juried]

2020 New Year, New Visions, Stern Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM [Juried]

2019 Solar Impressions Exhibition, Southampton Arts Center, Sag Harbor, NY [Juried] [Press by Southampton]

2019 Fall Salon, The Factory Gallery LIC, NY, NY

2019 Fall Open Call, Greenpoint Gallery, NY, NY

2019 Beach Elements V, sTudio gallery 7, Fort Tilden, NY [Press by The Wave] [Catalog]

2019 Made in 1969, DVAA gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

2019 Fiber as Metaphor, galleryFritz, Santa Fe, NM [Juried]

2019 The Crow Show, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA [Juried]

2019 Pairings, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY [Catalog]

2019 Threads: Printmaking Meets Needle, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, NY

2018 Paperview, Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY

2004-2015 Monothon Fund Raiser, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, CT

1995 Portraiture, Galerie des Commenceaux, Anjou France

Related Work

1997-2010 Freelance and Commission Artist, New York, NY

1997-1999 Mural Artist, Evergreene Architectural Arts, New York, NY

Life is busy when you are just trying to survive and still do what your soul craves and loves. I currently work as an educational media designer, researcher, and adjunct faculty at NYU http://elizabethmcalpin.hosting.nyu.edu/.