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Elizabeth Flood

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing

Elizabeth Flood is a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Purchase College. She earned her MFA in Painting from Boston University, and her BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. In 2019, Flood was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an artist-in-residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA.

More About Me

She was awarded two Visual Arts Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2021 and 2022. Most Recently, her work has been shown in a solo exhibition, “Battlegrounds”, at Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut. In Spring 2024, she has an upcoming solo show at Storage Gallery in New York. Flood is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Real Art Award, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship, and the Boston University John Walker Alumni Award. She has taught painting and drawing at institutions throughout the Northeast. Flood is originally from Virginia and lives and works in Beacon, NY.

Flood’s work surveys complex layers of expression within the American landscape. In her painting and drawing practice, Flood contends with turbulent weather conditions while responding to the environment. She witnesses the history, erosion, and constant re-formation of the land and sea, carving out a site of impact and endurance through her own gestural expression. Her multipanel paintings draw color from the atmosphere and terrain, often incorporating material from the landscapes themselves. Their gritty, relief-like surfaces connote calluses, and etched stone. Flood’s practice takes place on public lands, most recently at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Like the nearby life-saving stations, which once kept watch for shipwrecks on sandbars, Flood keeps vigil over a turbulent and vital topography, creating an entropic interpretation of the landscape today.

Representative Courses

Painting I and II