New Work – March 2015


This painting has been in progress for nearly three years. It was almost completely finished in 2013, but then I took a hiatus to have my daughter, and when I came back, I didn’t like the painting much and reworked several sections of it. So this painting has the distinction of the longest working period of any of my paintings to date.

New Mythology


50 x 53 inches

Acrylic on canvas

New Work – June 2014

Photo Mar 13, 4 05 10 PM

There’s been another kind of long hiatus while I was busy making a new person. This is Isobel.

Under 500 Sale at Maryland Art Place

I am supporting Maryland Art Place in their latest fundraising effort, the “Under 500 Affordable Art Sale” by including my new Animal Suite prints.



New Work – Summer and Fall 2013

I’ve been printing again with my friend Erin Robin in Philly. This is the beginning of a series called Animal Suite which is made mainly with my son, Theo, in mind.

Animal Suite: Lion

Animal Suite: Lion


linoleum print, edition of 10

9 x 12 inches

 Animal Suite: Giraffe

 Animal Suite : Giraffe


linoleum print, edition of 10

9 x 12 inches


Also: very nearly done with the large painting that’s taken me the better part of a year and half– stay tuned!



Havertown Invitational 2013 on May 18 and 19

Havertown New Music and Art Series Presents:

How Far the Cradle

a concert of works by composer Michael Hersch, with performances by:

Abigail Hersch
Havertown Invitational 2013

An exhibition featuring:

Elizabeth Wade Cairns
Erin Tohill Robin
Vita Litvak
Kevin Tuttle
Rosalind Bloom
Nicholas Cairns
Christopher Cairns

Performance: Saturday, May 18 at 4pm (doors open at 3pm)
Works to be performed include:
-‘of ages manifest’ for unaccompanied saxophone
‘How Far the Cradle’ – suite from the opera ‘On the Threshold of Winter’

Exhibition reception: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, from 4pm to 7pm
The exhibition will run through June 14, 2013. Hours by appointment

Havertown New Music and Arts
In the studio of Christopher Cairns
2130 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083


New Work – July 2012

Roman Candle
40 x 62 inches
acrylic on canvas


I began this painting before I was pregnant. At the time that I moved out of my old studio last September, it was half-finished, and it spent the winter rolled up and waiting for me to work on it again post-baby. When I returned to it two months ago, I found that the structure was solid but that all of the color choices wanted to go to ten. Bright, bright, bright, stripe, stripe, stripe. I listened to Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony for a strong attack, and as a result, this piece feels triumphant. A joyful return after a long gestation.

I also notice that this figure is a sister or wife companion for the male Strange Rider figure. Can’t wait to see what comes next.


New Studio!

At long last, my new home studio is up and running! I have a painting underway that I began before my pregnancy and which is more than halfway complete, and hope to post pics soon of the finished piece. In the meantime, here’s a look at the space.


New Work – January 2012

I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, as I have been busy augmenting my family. My son, Theo, was born January 10th, and while we are blissed out on how wonderful he is, I have not been in the studio for quite some time.

That said, now that we are getting some sleep (finally!) I am feeling ready to begin a new series of paintings, and I hope to post more regularly as they progress. Stay tuned!

Impact at Maryland Art Place

I will be participating in this benefit auction as part of MAP’s 30th anniversary gala on November 11th. You can preview the auction here:


Maryland Art Place

30th Anniversary Benefit Exhibition and Auction!
Friday 11.11.11
Join us as we celebrate MAP’s 30th anniversary,honor a group of dynamic women who have made an impact on our cultural community, feature five Grace Hartigan paintings for the first time in our galleries and highlight the work of locally and nationally-based artists in our silent auction!
Friday 11.11.11
Main Event: 6:30pm
After Party: 9:30pm
Maryland Art Place
Power Plant Live!
8 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Complimentary valet parking

Tickets: $250

RSVP: 410.962.8565

Silent Auction: Browse MAP’s first-ever silent auction website,, which is launching Friday, October 28. Begin reviewing each piece, getting to know the artists and even start the bidding process before you get to the 11.11.11 event!

Artists: Amy Boone-McCreesh, Zoë Charlton, Mina Cheon, Hasan Elahi, Bean Finneran, Dawn Gavin, Ryan Hoover, Deborah Kass, Kate MacKinnon, Kim Manfredi, Katherine Mann, Michel Modell, Cara Ober, David Peikon, Rachel Rotenberg, Joyce J. Scott, Hadieh Shafie, Jo Smail, René Treviño, Elizabeth Wade, Yuriko Yamaguchi

Committee: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Honorary Chair; Gina Adams, Christine Bangs, Jordan Faye Block, Karen Bokram, Suzi Cordish, Maggie Cordish, Sasenka Dalury, Laure Drogoul, Peggy Fox, Dawn Gavin, Marian Glebes, Fredye Gross, Barbie Hart, Patricia Joseph, Leslie King-Hammond, Mary Ann Mears, Laurie Miller, Oriet Milmoe, Allison Parker – Abromitis, Amy Raehse, Karen Schaftel, Terri Taber, Jessica D’Argenio Waller

Charles and Patti Baum
Commercial Settlement Services, LLC and Residential Title and Escrow Company
Ed and Ellen Bernard
The Best of Luck
The Cordish Family Fund
Duff and Barbie Hart
M&T Bank
Mark and Pat Joseph
Terry Morgenthaler and Patrick Kerins
Lenel and John Meyerhoff
Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
Michel and David Modell
Ronald and Karen Schaftel
Smartlink, LLC
Alan and Judie Tapper
Judy Witt

Sponsorships are still available. Contact Emily at

New Work – May 2011

Last weekend, I went to Philly and made prints with my friend Erin Robin again. These are made on a press, not hand-pressed as before, and we focused on one-color block prints in larger editions. I made a second edition of my popular ‘Baltimore Apartment’ print (now in red!) and a new print, ‘Cold Night’.

Baltimore Apartment (2nd edition), 2011, linoleum block print on paper, 6 x 8 inches, edition of 10


Cold Night, 2011, linoleum block print on paper, 6 x 8 inches, edition of 10



Gala Season Once More

Again this year I am supporting two of Baltimore’s venerable arts institutions by participating in their benefit auctions.

Maryland Art Place presents

Out of Order

April 1, 2011, 8pm

8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore MD

(This year I am one of their ‘invited artists’, which is an honor.)


The Creative Alliance presents

Back to the Future Marquee Ball

April 2, 2011, 9pm to 1am

Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21224



New Work – December 2010

Here are a couple of new things to round out 2010.

Honey Pie, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 36 inches


Sad Galaxy, 2010, collage on paper, 11 x 14 inches

(This is another one made from the Sotheby’s catalogs I mentioned before. It’s satisfying, if somewhat sacrilegious, cutting up other artists’ work to make new work.)


New Work – August 2010

Three Queens, 2010, collage on paper, 11 x 14 inches


I was given a pile of Sotheby’s catalogs a few months ago, and here is what’s come of that. I’ve mixed in some well-known pieces here so see if you are better than I am at hide and seek.


Photo from Summer ’10 at Grimaldis

Here is a photo of my work hanging next to Richard Serra‘s.



Summer ’10 at C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery presents

Summer ’10

July 1 – August 21, 2010

Opening Reception July 1, 2010, 6-8pm


C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm




Photos from Grimaldis Show- April 2010

Here are some photos from my opening at Grimaldis last week, including some installation shots.

Here’s a link in case the slideshow doesn’t work for you.


Solo Exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery



The C. Grimaldis Gallery presents

Elizabeth Wade

Bêtes Sauvages

April 15 – May 15, 2010

Opening reception April 15, 2010, 6-8pm


Gala Season in Bmore

This year I am supporting two of Baltimore’s venerable arts institutions by participating in their benefit auctions.

Maryland Art Place presents

Out of Order

April 9, 2010, 8pm

8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore MD

(This year I am one of their ‘invited artists’, which is an honor.)


The Creative Alliance presents

Moulin Rouge Marquee Ball

April 24, 2010, 9pm to 1am

Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21224


New Work – March 2010

Strange Rider, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 55 inches


It looks like my palette is shifting. This painting wanted to be grey and cherry red the whole time I was working it, and then became… this. However, I feel like I am getting better control of my color. This is better than grey and cherry red, and for the first time I am able to use browns without obliterating them halfway through. High key color is stronger when you can balance it with neutrals. In general this painting feels like a turning point.



HIVE at Area 405

Area 405 Presents


Closing reception: Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 7-10pm

Show runs: February 21st – March 27th, 2010

An exhibition of Oliver Street Studio artists and Area 405 volunteers.

HIVE showcases the energy and talent of 35 resident artists and volunteers that daily circulate the halls and studios of the 160 year-old, 66,000 square foot, artist-owned warehouse space.

Among these diverse artists are recipients of such top honors as The Sondheim Prize Finalist and semi-finalists, The Trawick Prize winners and finalists, Maryland State Arts Council Grant recipients as well as myriad regional, national and international exhibitions, awards and prizes.

Artists are: Ali DryerAllyn Massey Amber MoylesBonnie Crawford KotulaBreon Gilleran,Catlyn MerwinDaniel SullivanDavid PageDavid ParkerDawn GavinElizabeth WadeJames VoseJason HoylmanJesse DortzbachJulia PearsonJulie BentLaura Shults StellaLauren SchottMackenzie PeckMike OlesonMonika GravesNicholas CairnsPatrick McEvoyPaul JeanesPeter CullenRebecca DortzbachRuth BowlerSarah LaingSarah TemplinShannon YoungSteve FreelStewart WatsonTimothy HorjusTimothy NoheTom Dixon and Tom McManus.

Area 405 is located at 405 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.


New Work – December 2009

Bêtes Sauvages, 2009, acrylic and gouache on paper mounted to panel, 8 x 10 inches


Recently I’ve been sharing my studio with the lovely Mackenzie Peck, who inspired this piece with her “What Shall I Paint” game. In this case it was ‘a forest at night with a wild animal of your choosing’. Perhaps my interpretation is literal, but it was fun to make. These repeated, staccato brushstrokes keep appearing in my work lately. And paper mounted to panel (in advance– we must learn lessons from the destroyed Pedestal Heads) turns out to be a support I like. More of that coming soon, too.



New Work – October 2009

Here’s a commissioned work for Michael and Tara Owen of New York.

Bride, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 36

This is a wonderful format for a single figure and bridges the gap between my large paintings and my small prints. I suspect there will be more to come at this size.



New Work – July 2009

Carnival, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 75 inches


I learned a lot from this painting. Composing on this scale can eat you alive unless you develop a strategy for attacking the space. In this case I took a cue (or two) from Georges Braque, who really knew how to divide and conquer a composition. (Lately I love this book of his late works).

I surprised myself a little with the content of this one. It seems that suddenly we are in bloom.


New Work – April 2009

I’m pretty sure I wrecked this mounting it onto panel. Cross your fingers it survives the operation.

At least digital images are forever.


Pedestal Heads, 2009, collage and gouache on paper, 36 x 36 inches

That’s What She Said at Benton House, Chicago

Curated by Jeriah Hildwine

Featuring: Stephanie Burke, Elise Goldstein, Annie Heckman, Lauren Sleat, Karen Voltz, Elizabeth Wade & Erin Whitman

Saturday 4/25/09 & Sunday 4/26/09 1pm -8pm

The Benton House, 3052 S Gratten Ave, Chicago, IL

This exhibition is part of Version09

that’s what she said…

Themes of sexuality and mortality are undeniably essential to human experience. However, these important areas of exploration are often marginalized in the name of propriety. Perhaps worse, they are oversimplified by their superficial representation by de facto or actual pornography, action movies, video games, advertising, et cetera.

Group shows of women artists all too often exhibit work with nothing more in common than the gender of the creators. The unintended implication is that the sole criterion for inclusion in the show was mere possession of a certain set of genitals, turning what should be a serious artistic achievement into a palliative pat on the back, good perhaps for the self-esteem but signifying no actual accomplishment.

That’s What She Said rectifies these two problems. The exhibition presents work by young, emerging female artists, whose work shares certain aesthetic and thematic sensibilities. The work in this exhibition celebrates sincerity over irony, craftsmanship over cleverness, and a Baroque richness rather than simplicity or restraint.

Moreover, the artists in this exhibition refuse to shy away from the gritty realities of life. These are artists who are acutely aware of their own bodies, their own physicality, and their own mortality. Their work exhibits a sensuality which transcends and appropriates objectification. They look Death in the face, and while they may not laugh, they do not blink, either.

Jeriah Hildwine, Curator


New Work – February 2009

More small work that is odd and amusing. It’s been said my work is all heads and hands, well…

Hermit Crab (red) 2009, collage on paper, 11 x 15 inches

Hermit Crab (blue), 2009, collage on paper, 11 x 15 inches




New Work – January 2009

I’ve always had a fondness for Henri Rousseau and after receiving the wonderful Jungles In Paris catalogue for Christmas this year, I made this funny little guy:

Rousseau Tiger, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 14 inches


New Work – November 2008


Over the last few days, I’ve been borrowing plaster sculptures of heads from Nicholas Cairns and drawing from them. These drawings feel sad to me, and may have something to do with the death of my mentor, Grace Hartigan.

The two small ones at the top are about 5 inches square and done in ink on illustration board. The one at the bottom is charcoal on paper, an 18 x 24 sheet I cut down to maybe 14 x 20.



Grace Hartigan 1922-2008

Goodbye, Grace— thanks for everything.


Solo exhibition at CCBC

Works on Paper by Elizabeth Wade
November 10- December 13, 2008
Opening Reception November 21st, 6-8pm

The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk
7200 Sollers Point Road, Baltimore, MD


New Work – October 2008

Of Course, Of Course, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 62 inches



Seven Deadly Sins at MAP

Maryland Art Place presents

The Seven Deadly Sins
Friday, November 7, 2008

Maryland Art Place’s Annual Benefit, Auction, and Gala


Preliminaries and Process at AACC

Anne Arundel Community College presents

Preliminaries and Process
Work by AACC Visual Arts Faculty

October 8 – 31, 2008
Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD

Opening reception Wednesday, October 8th, 6-8pm


New Work – September 2008

All The Pretty Girls, 2008, graphite and collage on paper, 26 x 48 inches


New Work – August 2008

I’ve been printing again with my friend, master printer Erin Robin.

Here’s what we made:

Spider Night, 2008, hand-pressed linoleum print on paper, 8 x 10 inches, edition of 7


New studio- Area 405

I am pleased to say that I am joining the community of artists over at Area 405!

Here are a few photos of my new space!



Solo Exhibition at Fine Arts Work Center

The Fine Arts Work Center presents

Elizabeth Wade
2007 Maryland Institute Fellow

May 2 – 20, 2008
Opening reception Friday, May 2, 6-8pm

Fine Arts Work Center
Hudson D. Walker Gallery
24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA


CCBC Faculty Show

The Institute of Art, Design, and Interactive Media at CCBC presents

Spring 2008 Faculty Show
The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville
800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD

April 4- 24, 2008
Opening reception Friday, April 11th, 6-8pm


Thank you, BOPA!

I have been selected to receive an Individual Artist Grant from the Creative Baltimore Fund!

Thank you, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts!


My _______ Other

Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents

My ______ Other
Curated by Erin Cluley

Participating Artists:
Lauren Boilini
Alexa Brooks
Erin Cluley
Jarrett Min Davis
Megan Hildebrandt
Stuart Jackson
Paul Jeanes
Eric Johnston
Rob Sparrow Jones
Courtney Jordan
Magnolia Laurie
John Moran
Christine Sajecki
Rene Trevino
Elizabeth Wade

January 30- February 16, 2008
Amalie Rothschild Gallery
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Opening reception Thursday, February 7th, 6-9pm


New Work- January 2008

Happy new year!

Architecture, 2008, graphite and collage on paper, 45 × 60 inches

Teaching drawing has me interested in doing some drawing myself, and in finding a way to collage into it effectively. I am enjoying the fact that the collage wants to (visually) jump off the surface of the image, so I’m using drawing to heighten that effect in some places and diminish it in others.


New Work – December 2007

Fat Belly, 2007, 6 × 8 inches, hand-pressed linoleum print on paper
edition of 10, 5 artist proofs


Baltimore Apartment, 2007, 6 × 8 inches, hand-pressed linoleum print on paper
edition of 5, no artist proofs

Just returned from Philly, where I worked with old friend and master printer Erin Tohill Robin to make these linoleum prints. Watch for Fat Belly to appear in an upcoming show at Creative Alliance-— announcement coming soon.


New Work – November 2007

This is the other half of the diptych I started in Provincetown. This half is called ‘Riding to War’ — 36 × 55 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2007.


New studio!

Just finished moving into my new studio in Baltimore’s famous Copycat Building, in the Station North Arts District.

The studio.


The view.


The view #2.



New Work – Provincetown













If It Ain’t Broke, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 40 × 60 inches


















Mortal Danger, 2007, acrylic on paper, about 45 × 45 inches





















Saint George and the Dragon (conceived as part of a diptych—- 2nd panel to follow), 2007, acrylic on canvas, 36 × 55 inches


In addition to my normal studio time, I took a monoprinting workshop at the FAWC. My novice attempts are not worth sharing here, but I really enjoyed it and may have more printing in my future.



Hello friends and colleagues,
I’m just back from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA where I spent June and July as the 2007 Maryland Institute Summer Fellow.

Here are some photos of my wonderful (large!) studio:








As part of the residency, I will have a solo exhibition in the Work Center’s gallery next May — I’ll announce the details when I have them.


New Art Examined III at Arlington Art Center

Arlington Art Center Presents

New Art Examined III

Works by 2007 MFA Graduates in the Mid-Atlantic States

June 5 – July 21, 2007

Opening reception Friday, June 8th, 6-9pm

Arlington Art Center

3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA

Participating artists:

Milana Braslavsky

Kelly Egan

Ellen Ann Gallup

Steven Michael Hadley II

Ronald J. Longsdorf

Richard Sawka

Nanda Soderberg

Chad States

Elizabeth Wade