Elizabeth Coyne

My paintings offer contemplation into life and into possibilities of existence. For me making art is about not only seeing and looking at the world around me- but also knowing that world and absorbing it. I have developed a personal invented language of images and symbols based on the natural world. This visual language is collected from connections that I make in an ethereal way, mental images built from the logic of the materials I work with. This world I make in a painting, describes abstract places and relationships and it is a physical transcriptive process, where each painting is a synthesis of the mind. An image is composed from different sources, both products of my imagination and transcriptions based on my perceptions. Painting has become a way of mapping my thoughts and experiences - a type of private cartography. I have always moved between figuration and narrative abstraction. I am interested in states of being, inner world versus outer world, and the play of internal and external forces; and the mind, body, who we are, the layers of meaning that float beneath the surface.

The process of painting is very important to me, and the thoughts that become embedded in the paint itself, become a dialogue. I have a true connection to the materials I use such as oil paint, canvas, wood, paper, ink. Painting for me is a space for meditation on nature, existence, and the universe. And I have developed a specific personal way of painting and a personal surface quality in my work. My new work is a reflection of my current states of mind - I am working on a series of paintings based on the images from my monoprints which deal with tangible and intangible realities. Exploring the notion that the mind and the body share something in common with the universe and the natural world around us.


My recent paintings are a meditation on being in this world and specifically my intimate connection to the places, landscapes, and places I have lived and connected with in my heart. The energy, thoughts & energy that are contained there and bear witness to what I am trying to conevy to the viewer .The poetic of those space and places, are like an individual landscape . The idea of loss is never far from my mind and the invisible state of protectiveness and vulnerable we all bear, about the precarious and fragility of being alive. My goal as a painter is to create a living emotional moving & emotive imag, through the paint and the images I am trying to convey. At this point in my career I am trying to get to the essence of my thoughts, there has been a shift in my work , but there is always a point when I look back and understand why I made the work. The most important thing to me is to be honest and true to my work.



Small Works

Works on Paper


Other Works


Elizabeth Coyne was born in Minnesota, raised in California, Canada and Indiana, before moving to New York in the early 1980’s. Ms. Coyne had numerous exhibitions in New York during the 80's and 90's. She has been a working artist for more than 30 years. She has Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, a B.A. in fine arts from Purdue University and has studied and lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Coyne has exhibited her work in solo shows in Chicago, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Michigan. Her work has been featured in group shows in Germany, Canada, New York City, Milwaukee, Ohio, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Ms. Coyne’s paintings are included in many private & public art collections. Over the past twenty five years she has won many awards and has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, the Chicago Tribune, the (Chicago) Reader, Windy City Times and many other publications. In addition to her painting, Ms. Coyne has held studio art and teaching positions at Williams College in Massachusetts. At Williams College, Ms. Coyne worked with Thomas Krens the provactive former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. More recently, Ms. Coyne has been teaching at Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College, while exhibiting her work in Chicago galleries. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-bow Summer program in Saugatuck, Michigan.


M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester,New York, 1986

B.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1981

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1980


Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan

Instructor: Printmaking, 2D-Design, and Drawing 1997 - 2003

Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan

Instructor: Drawing, 2D-Design, Art Appreciation 1993 - 1997

Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts:

Studio Artist: Printmaking, Painting & Drawing 1987-1992

Instructor: Winter Study,1992: hand papermaking seminar

City of Rochester, New York: Summer Art Program Director, 1983


Elizabeth Coyne Contemporary Art, Sawyer, Michigan, 2008 - present

Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, Louisiana, 2006-2009

Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, Michigan, 2006-2008

Ogilvie / Pertl Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2006-2007

ARC Gallery, 1040 W. Huron, Chicago, Illinois, 1993 - 2003

Treasurer, 1993-1994

CAA - College Art Association, 1984 - present

Rice Gallery, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York, 1989-1991

The Albany Center Galleries, Albany, New York 1990-1992

Rensselaer County Council for the Arts, Troy, New York, 1988-1992

Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, New York, 1984-1988

Frederick Merritt Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1984-1986


Allegretti Associates Award, All Michigan/All Media Exhibition,

Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan 1994

Memorial Art Gallery Award (best of show): Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition,

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York 1984

Graduate Assistantship: Rochester Institute of Technology, 1983, 1984

Delta Phi Delta Scholarship (creative arts): Purdue University, 1980,1981


2014 The Lake George Arts Project, Lake George NY

2014 The Laffer Gallery, Sculyerville NY

2013 Salem Art Works, Salem NY

2009 The New Galleries, South Bend, Indiana

2009 Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

2007 Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, Michigan

2003 A.R.C. Gallery, Thin Skin, Chicago, Illinois

2001 A.R.C. Gallery, Map of Me, Chicago, Illinois

1999 A.R.C. Gallery, Dainty Monsters, Chicago, Illinois

1998 Krasl Art Center, Inventing Memory, St. Joseph, Michigan

1998 Andrews University Art Gallery, Six and a Half Years, Berrien Springs, Michigan

1995 A.R.C. Gallery, No Other Voice Left, Chicago, Illinois

1994 A.R.C. Gallery, Into the Spaces We Breathe, Chicago, Illinois


2013 The ARC Gallery, 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2013 Gallery R, Alumni Exhibition, Rochester, NY

2010 New York Studio School, Benefit Auction, New York, NY

2008 Grand Contemporary, Gallery Artists, Lafayette, Louisiana

2007 Ogilvie / Pertl Gallery, Gallery Artists, Chicago, Illinois

2007 Grand Contemporary, Gallery Artists, Lafayette, Louisiana

2003 ARC Gallery, 30th Anniversery Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicaago, Illinois

2002 Gallery 10, ARC Exchange, Washington D.C., April

2001 Kunstforum der GEDOK, Who knows what its good for, Exhibition Exchange

Hamburg, Germany, October

Gallery R, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, July - Sept.

Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, May - July

Red Head Gallery, ARC Exchange , Toronto, Canada, April

Amos Eno Gallery, ARC Exchange, New York, New York, March

A.R.C. Gallery, Member Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

2000 A.R.C. Gallery, Member Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

Midwest Museum of American Art, 22nd Midwest Regional, Elkhart, Indiana

Southwestern Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Dowagiac, Michigan

1999 A.R.C. Gallery, Member Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

Southwestern Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Dowagiac, Michigan

1998 A.R.C. Gallery, ARC Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1973 - 1998, Chicago, IL

Southwestern Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Dowagiac, Michigan

Lake Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Benton Harbor, Michigan

1997 Krasl Art Center Affiliate Gallery, Women Printmakers of Southwest Michigan

Benton Harbor, Michigan

A.R.C. Gallery, Members Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

Lake Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Benton Harbor, Michigan

1996 Lake Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Benton Harbor, Michigan

1995 Art Center of Battle Creek, 17th Annual Michigan Artists Competition

Battle Creek, Michigan

The Mercer Gallery, Markings: A Drawing Invitation, Rochester, New York

A.R.C. Gallery, Members Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

Lake Michigan College, Faculty Exhibition, Benton Harbor, Michigan

1994 Krasl Art Center, All Michigan/All Media, St. Joseph, Michigan

A.R.C. Gallery, Members Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

Midwest Museum of American Art, 16th Midwest Regional, Elkhart, Indiana

1993 Amos Eno Gallery, ARC Exchange, New York, New York

Gallery 218, The Gang of 40: 40 Works by 40 Women, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Krasl Art Center, All Michigan/All Media, St. Joseph, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Faculty Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

A.R.C. Gallery, ARC Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition 1973 - 1993,

Chicago, Illinois

Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery, ARC in Ohio, Stevenson Center Gallery

Ohio University-Chillicothe, Chillicothe, Ohio

1991 University Art Gallery, Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Exhibition:

State University of New York, Albany, New York

1989 Chautauqua Art Association Galleries,

32nd Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art,

Chautauqua, New York

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mid-Hudson Arts Center, Hudson Valley 89, Fifth Annual National Exhibit

Poughkeepsie, New York

The Albany Center Galleries,

Crossroads, An exhibition sponsored by the New York Capital Area

Womens Caucus for Art, Albany, New York

Schenectady Museum, Mohawk-Hudson Regional Art Exhibition, Schenectady, NY