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My painting is predominantly process-oriented, and my canvases serve as an arena for speed, tension, destruction, rebuilding and grappling with expectations of conformity and control. Surface accidents and spontaneous forms are encouraged as I often apply the materials aggressively and haphazardly. I then may refine areas to establish structure and suggest imagery. However, I continuously play with abstraction and ambiguity so the work remains open for interpretation, meaning and an overall visceral response. Ultimately, I strive to relay a feeling of exaltation, joy and hope.

Liz Leggett’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and most recently for the second time at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA at the Maine College of Art. Liz has been a guest lecturer, participated on discussion panels, taught painting and has received awards and grants for her work. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists as well as the Artists Collective of Westport and is the Head of Exhibitions at MoCA Westport.

Artist Residencies & Guilds

Artist in Residency Program, The Ridgefield Guild, November 2021
Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT, Inducted 2018
Weir Farm, Wilton, CT, 2012 & 2017
Baie St. Marie, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2016
Fundación Valparaiso, Almería, Spain, 2004
Centre d’Art i Natura, Catalunya, Spain, 2003
Summer Six, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2001, 2003
Arad Arts Project, Arad, Israel, 1997-1998

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

Abstract is Not a Style: Five Women Painters, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Southport, CT & New York, NY, 2020–Curated by Paul Efstathiou

A•ONE, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, 2020–Curated by Barbara O’Brien Paper, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, 2019–Curated by Jennifer Farrell

Highlight Gramercy Park, National Arts Club, New York, NY, 2019–Curated by Paul Efstathiou

New Members Exhibition, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, 2019

What She Hides, Westport, CT, 2019

Head Over Heels, Newton Roux Gallery, Westport, CT, 2018

Wearable Books Invitational, One Main Street, Westport, CT, 2018

Remixer, Sconset Square Gallery, Westport, CT, 2018

Reveries, Collective Downtown Gallery, Westport, CT, 2018

Chromatic, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, CT, 2017

Collective Invitational Exhibition, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2016

Dreamscapes, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2015, Curated by Alexandra Monroe

Perception Illusion MAGIC, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2014, Curated by Elizabeth Koehn & Julia Mechtler

Abstractions Large and Small, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, 2008

The Panorama Project, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY, 2008

The Pathos of Ecstasy, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2007, Curated by Ara Osterweil

East Coast Painters, Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR, 2007

Quinta Essentia: Three Abstract Painters, Borowicz Gallery, South Dartmouth, MA, 2007

The Artists of Jackson Heights, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY, 2007

Artist Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2007

Small World, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY New, 2005

Abstract Painters, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005

Abre Tus Ojos, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY, 2004 New York, New York

Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2004

New Paintings, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY, 2003

Women Painters - A Survey, Pratt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2003

Collective, 69a Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2003

International Painters, Horton Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2003

Queens Emerging Artist Exhibition, AQA Gallery, Forest Hills, NY, 2003

Modern Painters: A Survey, Arad Art Museum, Arad, Israel, 1998

Influence, ZOA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1998

Professional Experience & Distinctions

Director of Exhibitions

MoCA Westport

Westport, CT, February 2017–Present


What She Hides

Westport, CT, 2019

Book Illustrator

The Life of Harriet Tubman

Readworks New York, NY, 2017

Consultant & Artist Liaison


New York, NY and Boulder, CO, 2015-2016

Graphic Designer

Sotheby’s Auction House

Marketing Department & Catalogue Design Department

New York, NY, 1998-2009

Graphic Designer & Art Director

Russ & Daughters Appetizing

New York, NY, 2007-2009

Graphic Designer & Art Director

Miles Davis, A Love Story in Blue

New York, NY, 2006

Graphic Designer & Art Director

The Texaco New York City Jazz Festival

New York, NY, 1997 & 1998

Art Director, Designer & Curator

The Knitting Factory

New York, NY, 1996-1997

Teaching Assistant

Summer Six, Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY, Summer 2003

Volunteer Artist

Free Arts

New York, NY, 1995-1999

Artist’s Assistant

Dennis Oppenheim

New York, NY, 1994-1995

Gallery Director

Case Center Student Art Gallery

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY, 1992-1994

Professor’s Assistant

Photography Department

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1992-1994

Lecturer, Summer Six, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2006
Scholarship Recipient, Albert Murray Arts Educational Fund, Adamsville, Ohio, 2004-2006
Scholarship Recipient, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2004-2006
Recipient, NYC Emerging Artist Award, Forest Hills, NY, 2002
Recipient, Best Auction Catalogue Award, Numismatic Literary Guild, New York, NY, 2002
Recipient, Extraordinary Merit Award, Numismatic Literary Guild, New York, NY, 2000


Bachelor of Science
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1994
Studio Art Major, Art History Minor
concentration in painting & drawing

Master of Fine Art
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2006
concentration in painting, drawing & critical theory

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