Bio

Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey creates paintings and sculpture that reflect her inspiration from recent research in science, conservation, and climate change. Her naturally luminous creations have an internal glow from her use of beeswax and the technique of encaustic. She is self-taught in the medium of encaustic and is attracted to its versatility. It can range from hard to pliable when slightly warm for forming shapes. She uses technique pairings like atmospheric layering and glazing to utilize its transparent quality inherent to the wax and at the same time can build up areas of relief and impasto, with highly textured areas. She employs overlapping colored wax to build up textures, ironing with heat, pouring, scraping, and staining the wax with oil paint, and adds pastels, ink and watercolor. She discovers new encaustic techniques with each piece.

A native of Lansing, Michigan Elizabeth now lives and works in the Grand Rapids area. In 2014 she received an MFA in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). She works primarily in encaustic, that is the art of using heated wax with paint to create a multitude of effects from thin veils of transparent color to textures that can be expanded into surface relief techniques. Wax is a versatile medium that can be used with a variety of multi-media like ink, oil bar, pastel, photography, printmaking paper, and watercolor.

She was awarded the Artist-in-Residence, Acadia National Park Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Maine, 2017, Golden Apple Residency in Maine, 2014 and 3rd place grant in the Art in Science competition from the Arts and Industry Council of Battle and Guest Visiting Artist for Continuing Studies Program at KCAD in 2015. She has been included in various competitions and exhibitions including Place in Proximity at (SCENE) MetroSpace gallery at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Fusion in the Visual Arts, Kreft Center for the Arts at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Art Michigan All-Media Competition at Lansing Art Gallery and In Our Midst: Greater Lansing Artists, Kresge Art Museum at MSU.

Exhibitions
2017
Mid-West Sculpture Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery
6th Annual Encaustic National Juried Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Global Warming is REAL National Juried Exhibition, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM.

2016
(RE)COMPOSE Curated Fellowship Group Exhibition at ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Golden Apple Residency Group Exhibition, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Darwin Day, Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University

Place in Proximity Exhibition, Scene MetroSpace, Art Dept., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Juror: Dustin London, MFA, Professor of Painting at Eastern Michigan University in the College of Arts & Sciences.

87th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI. Jurors: Howard and Kathryn Clark, co-founders of Twinrocker Handmade Paper,

Quinquennial, Alumni Exhibition at The (Art)ery Space, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
Kendall ArtPrize Educational Project, KCAD Main Atrium, Grand Rapids, MI

In-Between Dichotomies, MFA Thesis Graduate Exhibition, “Fed Galleries” @ KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2013
ArtPrize, Jon Hartman Photography Co. & 87 Orange Photography, Grand Rapids, MI

ArtDowntown. KCAD, Graduate Studios, Grand Rapids, MI

2012
Skywalk @ DeVos Place, Juror: Margaret Vega, Chair, Painting Program, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

Small Works, CODA Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2011
Skywalk @ DeVos Place, Juror: Margaret Vega, Chair, Painting Program, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

ArtPrize, Diversions Nightclub, Grand Rapids, MI

Graduate Exhibition, CODA Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

ArtDowntown. KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Exhibition, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI. Juror: Cara Brewer Thompson, Asst. Prof. Graphic Design, State University of New York, Oswego

Fusion in the Visual Arts Exhibition, Kreft Center for the Arts, Ann Arbor, MI. Juror: Aaron Timlin, Executive Director at Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit

2009
ArtPeers Fall Festival, Electric Cheetah, East Grand Rapids, MI

West Michigan Artist’s Exhibition, Graffia Gallery, Spring Lake, MI

Art in Science, Arts and Industry Council, Battle Creek, MI

BFA Thesis Exhibition, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2008
Spring for the Arts, Division Ave. Arts Collective (DAAC), Grand Rapids, MI

2001
Art Michigan All-Media Competition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
Juror: Patricia R. Mitchell, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

2000
In Our Midst: Greater Lansing Artists
, Kresge Art Museum, MSU, East Lansing, MI. Juror: Helen Sheridan, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

Awards and Grants
Artist-in-Residence, Acadia National Park Service and Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Maine, 2017.

Scholarship, Golden Apple Art Residency, Juror/Director Shelley Newman-Stevens, Harrington, ME. 2015

Third Place, Grant, Art in Science Competition, Arts and Industry Council of Battle Creek, MI. 2009

Scholarship of Merit Award, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI. 1995-96

First Place, Michigan Lapidary Society, Michigan Youth Talent Competition, design, cast silver ring, Lansing, MI. 1986

Honorable Mention, Michigan Youth Talent Competition, pencil portrait, Lansing, MI. 1986

Publications
Fifth Annual Author Celebration, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 2017.

Place in Proximity, Exhibition Catalog, Art. Dept, Michigan State University, 2015

ProFolio Brochure, Professional Development. KCAD Continuing Studies, Fall 2015

In Between Dichotomies, MFA Thesis Statement, Ferris Institutional Repository database. URL here: http://hdl.handle.net/2323/4723

Art Education Professional Development for the Master Teacher Brochure. KCAD, Continuing Studies Dept., 04/2011

National Earth Science Teachers Association Newsletter, cover illustration, Lansing Community College, 1990