Drawing workshop at Classeteria

Join me for Drawing Warmup, my new workshop at Classeteria in Bushwick. Maybe you're looking to shake up your established drawing practice, or you’ve always wanted to try drawing but anxiety associated with the blank page got the best of you. Over the past several years, I’ve developed customized drawing prompts influenced by the experimental artists I admire. These exercises foster exploration and discovery while minimizing our tendency to focus on the finished product.

Drawing Warmup
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
2-4 pm

Review of Elisa Lendvay Show

I was pleased to write about Lendvay’s show at Sargent’s Daughters for Two Coats of Paint.

Every Woman Biennial

La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones St.
May 20-29th, 2019 1-7pm
Opening Reception: May 19th, 2019 from 1-4pm
The EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL is the all woman and women-identified art biennial founded and curated by C. Finley.


Digital: AAA Prints 2012 – 2019

The Gallery at The Visual and Performing Arts Center, Western CT State University
October 16 – December 6, 2020
This exhibition includes the 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio and the 2019 suite of Digital Monoprints. .

Blue Bananas

Far x Wide
April 1-May 15, 2019
Liz Ainslie, Susan Carr, Ryan Thayer Davis, Georgia Elrod, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Zach Seeger

Inquiry: Investigation through Abstraction

The Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery
University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45221
January 28th- March 10th, 2019
Reception: March 7th 5-7pm

Artists: Liz Ainslie, Natessa Amin, Lee Arnold, David Aylsworth, Rachel Beach, Nadine Beauharnois, Mark Brosseau, Martha Clippinger, Mark Joshua Epstein, Rubens Ghenov, Clare Grill, Anna Kunz, Meg Lipke, Lucy Mink, Nicholas Nyland, Alex Paik, Emil Robinson, Caroline Santa, Anne Seidman, and Kirk Stoller

Continuity to Change: Recent History of American Abstraction

Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery
The College at Brockport, SUNY
January 31 – March 3

Artists: Liz Ainslie, Siri Berg, Emily Berger, Susan Bonfils, Gabriele Evertz, Laurie Fendrich, Sam Gilliam, Michelle Grabner Mara Held, Pinkney Herbert, Marthe Keller, Al Loving, Giles Lyon, Katinka Mann, Joanne Mattera, Creighton Michael, Lisa Nanni, Irene Rosseau, Ce Roser, Jovi Schnell, Clover Vail, Patricia Zarate, and Nola Zirin are included in this exhibition that traces Abstraction’s impact on the art world from roughly 1936 to the current day.

The 2019 Flat File: Year Six

Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York
Reception: Friday, November 30th, 6pm – 9pm

November 30 – December 16, 2018
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1pm – 6pm and by appointment
329 Willoughby Ave #2A, Brooklyn NY 11237
(347) 746-8041

The 2019 Flat File features works by: Liz Ainslie, Kumasi J. Barnett, Janine Biunno, Theresa Bloise, Kat Chamberlin, Yen Yen Chou, Jonathan Cowan, Molly Dilworth, Ian Etter, Daniel Goodwin, Jennifer Grimyser, Christine Han, Leslie Hirst, Will Hutnick, Amanda Konishi, Lauren McGill, Nick Naber, Jenene Nagy, Naomi Nakazato, Zahra Nazari, Justin Liam O'Brien, Anna Ortiz, Alison Owen, Kent Rhodebeck, Anna Riley, Leslie Roberts, Kate Russo, Ryan Russo, Emilie Selden, Becca Shmuluvitz, Juna Skenderi, Leah Smith, Kalina Winters, Mie Yim, Seldon Yuan, Stella Zhong, Deborah Zlotsky, and Mark Zubrovich. This year’s flat file was organized by Yael Eban, Rachael Gorchov, Alex Paik, Erika Ranee, and Sun You.

Blurring Boundaries: The Women Of AAA, 1936–present
Curated by Rebecca DiGiovonna

I’m pleased to be included in a traveling exhibition Blurring Boundaries:
The Women Of AAA
, 1936–present, curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna. Rebecca wrote a wonderful essay about the show. Read here

The show is currently at Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 15 – December 10, 2018.

Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
November–December, 2018
Knoxville, Tennessee

Italicized Reality at SARDINE

SARDINE is pleased to present a group show titled Italicized Reality  featuring work by Liz Ainslie, Andy Cross, Christopher Dunlap, Robin Kang, Jennifer J Lee and Dana Powell. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm. It will run through Sunday, October 14,
SARDINE, 286 Stanhope St, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11237 914.805.1974

Visiting Artist at Trestle

The Visiting Artist Residency allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle community. Each cycle,  selected artists receive a free Brooklyn Art Space Semi-Private studio. The Visiting Resident Artist leads a monthly critique open to the public.

SkyLight, Group Show Curated by Fran Holstrom

1116-A Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
Opening: Sunday June 3rd, 4-7pm
Artists: Liz Ainslie, Inna Babaeva, Andy Cross, Stacy Fisher, Alex Paik and Mitchell Wright

The Part of Sight
Solo exhibition at Cohen Gallery at Alfred University

September 15 - October 19
2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802


Catalogue published by Transmitter with Essay by Clay Matlin

In conjunction with my solo show, Transmitter has published a catalog which includes Clay Matlin's essay In Praise of Earnestness: On Liz Ainslie along with images of work included in the exhibition and other recent paintings.

Price: $15
Purchase here


Armature: New Paintings by Liz Ainslie

June 23 - July 30, 2017
1329 Willoughby Ave, #2A, Brooklyn, NY


Station Independent Projects  
Curated by William Crump

Artists: Liz Ainslie / Theresa Daddezio / Alison Fox / Ilse Sørensen Murdock / Kristina Lee / Erika Ranee
On view through May 28, 2017
138 Eldridge Street, Suite 2F |  INFO@STATIONINDEPENDENT.COM | 917.698.2012
Thurs-Sun: Noon-6PM and by appointment.

The six artists presented in SPACES do not adhere solely to the restrictions of contemporary painting set by rigid representational and non-representational demands. Instead, they tend to shift between figure, nature, and abstraction at will. They each move between - or rather their work exists- in that space between representation and abstraction.

At times these artists simultaneously paint abstractly or representationally depending on their interests. By beginning a work in one style and ending it in another each painter finds an elusive balance with their work. Their strength is in choosing to cast off any notion of a particular manner or current trend. They observe the language of painting on their own terms. Pioneering new ground, mixing genres, and orchestrating a unique approach which doesn’t leave them beholden to anyone.  

By shifting their approach and style at will these six artists share a historical thread with others who came before them. Namely, Elaine de Kooning, Sonia Gechtoff, Buffie Johnson, Deborah Remington, Jeanne Reynal, and Susan Rothenberg, each of whom charted these in-between spaces and pushed boundaries to find their own success.

It's within this space that Liz Ainslie, Theresa Daddezio, Alison Fox, Ilse Sørensen Murdock, Kristina Lee, and Erika Ranee unapologetically question in their own way where painting comes from, who it belongs to, and where it is headed. Each attributing to a dialogue that looks to move the conversation forward through their own space and in their own time.  

Faculty at School of the Alternative, Black Mountain, North Carolina

I had an amazing time teaching for two weeks at School of the Alternative in May, 2017. My class took place in iconic Eureka Hall where Black Mountain College originally held some of their classes. I taught Anti-Product Drawing and Painting where we focused on the act of making rather than worrying about the end result. School of the Alternative is a socially integrated experience, with intimate classes, communal living, and emphasis on shared labor.





Salami Salon

Curated by ROE projects
January 14, 2017

a one night only exhibition featuring:

Liz AINSLIE, Maria CALANDRA, Maanik Singh CHAUHAN, Jennifer COATES, Paul CORIO, Christopher DUNLAP, Rico GATSON, Ivy HANDLEMAN, Kimia Ferdowsi KLINE, JJ MANFORD, Cristina de MIGUEL, Mike OLIN, Matt PHILLIPS, Nathan RITTERPUSCH







Hilma af Klint: Bridging the Divide

Essay written for the Theo Westenberger Estate
Contributed by Liz Ainslie


Stone Soup Nasty
Orgy Park

December 16 - January 16, 2017
Opening December 16, 2016 7-10pm
created by Katherine Aungier, Jennifer Lee, Zuriel Waters and Steven Mykietyn

Liz Ainslie, Andrea Arrubla, Katherine Aungier, Rory Baron, Joshua Bienko, Tess Bilhartz, Kate M. Blomquist, Lauren Collings Schwarz, Corydon Cowansage, Nicholas Cueva, Julie Curtiss, Emily Davidson, Sonya Derman, Rachel Fainter, Elise Ferguson, Angelina Gualdoni, Yuhi Hasegawa, Clinton King, Jenny Lee, Stuart Lorimer, Ioana Manolache, Anthony Miler, Patrick Carlin Mohundro, Dominic Musa, Steve Mykietyn, Dan Oglander, Maria Stabio, Adam Sipe, Tracy Thomason, Charles Tisa, Zuriel Waters, Lindsay Wraga 

Neesh @BOS 2016

October 1 & 2, 2016, 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Hosted by Neesh Interactive

Hosted by Liz Ainslie & Maanik Singh Chauhan

Neesh Interactive proudly presents a group exhibition of paintings during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 featuring artists whose studios are outside of the neighborhood or city. The artwork on display adds breadth and context to the hosting artists, Liz Ainslie and Maanik Singh Chauhan who will have their studios open in their distinct Brooklyn live/work loft.

Featuring Artists:
Maureen Cavanaugh
Gianna Commito
Andy Cross
Jay Davis
Stacy Fisher
Jasmine Justice
Sarah Shirley
Meghan Petras
Mitchell Wright
Liz Ainslie
Maanik Singh Chahaun

Many of the artists shown here have helped shape the scene over the past two decades. We are excited to cycle in a few voices who may not have been heard in awhile, may not have been shown together before, or whose work has evolved in a different place under a different dialect. Artists are influenced by each other, even if only seen online or remembered from a show long ago. Neesh offers a chance to view this artwork in person and learn from the tactile qualities of the paint itself, distinct approaches to space, content and abstraction. Curated by Fran Holstrom, founder of Neesh Interactive www.neesh.io  Enjoy!

On view:  11am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday
Brunch:   10am – noon, Sunday (children welcome)

COLOR Agents

30 April, 2016
7-10 pm

Liz Ainslie
Lucio Pozzi
Dustin London
Lauren Collings
Maanik Singh Chauhan

Throughout the varied methodology and subject matter of these paintings, color is dominant in the depiction of space and form. Color activity drives the painting’s illusion.


LAZULI and Small Blue Thing

Feb 11th - Feb 28th, 2016

Ground Floor Gallery 343 5th St., Brooklyn NY 11215
Gallery Hours : Th/Fri 2 - 6pm Sat 12 - 6pm Sun 12 - 5pm

Artists Reception TONIGHT :  Friday Feb 19th 6 - 9pm
Closing Reception : Sunday Feb 28th 3 - 5pm

Liz Ainslie
Andrea Bergart
Debra Drexler
Ellen Hackl Fagan
Daniel John Gadd
Rachael Gorchov
Jeanne Heifetz
Will Hutnick
Paula Overbay
Russell Rogers
Joanne Ungar

"Today I am ... a Small Blue Thing ... like a marble or an eye" - Suzanne Vega

An exhibition within an exhibition, Small Blue Thing, in a nod to #newcollectorbk, Ground Floor Gallery's blog for new art buyers, offers a selection of smaller sized gems from the artists of LAZULI. These choice and accessible finds offer the perfect occasion to begin or expand upon your own fine art collection.

Peer Review

October 7th - November 6th, 2015
Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London

Opening Reception: October 6th, 6 - 8pm

An exhibition of painterly gestures seen on screen, seperated by the Atlantic, shown together IRL, in London

Liz Ainslie
Ky Anderson
Andrea Bergart
Lauren Collings
Merike Estna
Erin Lawlor
Meg Lipke
Jai Llewellyn
Matthew Macaulay
Phoebe Mitchell
Peter Shear
Tracy Thomason