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Like many young contemporary artists, Elizabeth Kauffman works in veins as an artist, curator, writer, and educator. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and educated in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her BA in Painting from Xavier University, and her MFA and MA in Art History from the University of Cincinnati. As her education might suggest, art history plays an important role in her work. In the studio, she begins with concepts related to semiotics and the relationship of text to images, and works out her ideas about visual culture in paint, installation, and even performance. She questions notions of truth and representational romanticism while subtly undermining each genre she works with. She has a growing international exhibition record, having exhibited in Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; and Budapest, Hungary. In her writing and research, Kauffman’s broader interests in time, social practice, the built environment, and representation are addressed in papers, essays, and presentations. Her writing has been published online, in exhibition catalogues, and in Art Papers magazine, and she most recently presented a paper at The Imagined Worlds conference at the University of Finland in Helsinki. Kauffman has been curating and working as an arts administrator for eight years and teaching at the college level for seven. She co-founded Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center while in school in 2004, and has since co-created other arts organizations, such as Backspace Collective in Peoria, IL, and W.O.R.K. in Salisbury, MD. She spent three years as the Director of Galleries, Exhibitions, and Collections at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, since 2011 she has served as Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Galleries at Salisbury University.
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