about me

I was born in Texas, raised on the gulf coastline of Alabama. I received a BFA from Massey University in Wellington New Zealand in 2009 and a MFA from Goddard College, Port Townsend Washington in 2014. When I travel I like to try to get lost. I draw maps of my movements that sometimes (but don't always) lead me back home. 

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statement

I work as a curator, performer, writer, listener, organizer, maker, and doer. I am fundamentally a story-teller, and the medium i pick up depends entirely on what story i am hoping to tell. I believe the stories we tell make us who we are; that stories have the power to challenge and sometimes change us, and that the role of the artist is to pose questions rather than give answers. 

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c.v.

From the desk of:

elizabet elliott

Artist/ Curator/ Writer/ FreelanceConsultant & Community Organizer

Education

BFA, Painting, First Class Honors, MASSEY UNIVERSITY Wellington, New Zealand—2009

MFA of Interdisciplinary Art, GODDARD COLLEGE, Port Townsend, Washington —2013

Professional Experience

Curator of Programs, Mobile Museum of Art | Mobile Alabama September 2014-Present

Curator of Adult Education, Mobile Museum of Art | Mobile Alabama March 2014-January 2015

Founder/Executive Director, The Rumor Union | Mobile Alabama 2010- 2014

Freelance Project Consulting/ Curating | Mobile Alabama 2007- 2014

Vice President, The Downtown Creative Wellness Foundation | Mobile Alabama 2010-2012

Publicity Writer, Engine Room Gallery | Wellington New Zealand 2007- 2009

Curation

URBAN WILD, Exhibition exploring Southern Street and Folk Art,Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL,  Scheduledfor Spring of 2019

DO IT, Exhibition by Independent Curators International,Original concept Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile AL, 2018

ART:WORK, Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art Mobile AL, 2015,2016, 2017, 2018

REVERBERANT, A Performance Series, Hive Mobile AL, in conjunctionwith Happy Birthday John Cage at theMobile Museum of Art, 2013

FRONT PORCH SESSIONS, A Performance Series, Centre for the LivingArts,  Mobile AL, In conjunction with The Memory Lab,  2012

TEMPORAL CITY FESTIVAL, An arts festival of performance, installationand new media site specific works, Multi-site Mobile, AL,  Annual 2011, 2012, 2013

REDEMPTION, A Two Day Contemporary performance and installation event,Multi-Site Mobile AL, 2009

WIFE, Deluxe, 7 Kent Terrace, Wellington New Zealand, Coordinated bySteven Templer, 2008

DO SOMETHING GENUINE, The Engine Room, Wellington New Zealand, 2008

MA MERE, Satori, Mobile, Al, Coordinated by Sarah Parvardeh,2007

 Projects

Teaching Artist Project (T.A.P.) | Mobile Alabama 2016- Ongoing

The Teaching Artists Project(T.A.P.) is a partnership program between The Museum School of the Mobile Museum of Art, the Mobile Arts Council, and Alabama Contemporary Art Center.T.A.P hosts a number of professional development opportunities, teacher training,and community building initiatives to grow our creative community. Additionally T.A.P. funnels working artists into a shareable, searchable database of local artists of all disciplines designed to connect working artists with opportunities in the community.

Who I Am | Mobile, Alabama 2015

Who I Am is a Mobile Museum of Art outreach project for eighth graders at Mobile County Training School a low-income neighborhood school. Taking an interdisciplinary approach for the theme of self-determining identity, MMofA staff  designed a three part program that invited students to explore their family history and personal identity through visual,literary, and performing arts tools, ultimately empowering them to create a final project using any or all mediums to reflect their personal choices and sense of self.

Happy Birthday John Cage | Mobile, Alabama 2013

In collaboration with the Mobile Museum of Art, acting as guest curator of community engagement, my duties wereto help conceptualize and implement a project narrative, recruit collaborating organizations such as the Mobile Arts Council, The Mobile Symphony, Universityof South Alabama, Springhill College, The Botanical Gardens, Centre for the Living Arts, and several others to partner in the planning stages of the project, and curate programming devoted to educating and inspiring thought on the work of experimental composer John Cage.

Memory Lab | Mobile, Alabama 2012

Collaboration between Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, Tracy Hicks and I, this is a community project that began at Space 301 Centre for the Living Arts with an installation called 301c. My role was to facilitate community engagement and voice in the project through memory circles, and meetings that help inform our goals.

The Hive | Mobile, Alabama 2012- 2015

The Hive was an artist-run community work/learn space for local emerging creatives in Downtown Mobile.Based on a volunteer crew through The Rumor Union, The Hive provided free-use equipment, materials and education, as well as affordable studio/exhibition space.

The True Legend of Me Project | Mobile, Alabama 2011

In the Summer of 2011 we first ran this Project at Wilmer Hall, a residential facility for displaced youth.Local Artists across a number of disciplines taught workshops over a fifteen week course, workshops directed to find and apply a unique personal narrative.Each child developed a final project through a five week one-on-one mentorship,utilizing what they learned across all creative disciplines.  

 Festivals/ ReoccurringPrograms

Night of the Dead Artists | Mobile, Alabama 2016-18

This is an annual partnership program with Aides Alabama South Featuring a photo scavenger Hunt at the Mobile Museum of Art including educational material about each artwork, live performers ‘haunting’ the galleries as deceased artists, a collaboration withthe Education Department at the University of South Alabama in with students create traditional Dia de los Muertos altars and educational materials relating to Day of The Dead coordinated by Paige Vitulli, costume and dancing contests music and food.

The Night Market | Mobile, Alabama 2015-17

This was a monthly indoor market that features 30+ local makers selling handmade, and unique crafts of all kinds, including metal smith jewelry, handcrafted soap, visual art, baked goods,ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking and original furniture. Each event includes a local music and food trucks.

LIVE @ The Museum Concert Series | Mobile, Alabama 2014-17

This was a monthly concert series at the Mobile Museum of Art that features the musical prowess of the South. The goal of this concert series is to connect the Mobile creative community of performers with an audience they may not normally reach, by offering an early evening listening room setting as an alternative to other late night venues in the area.

Temporal City Festival | Mobile, Alabama 2010- 2014

This is an annual festival that features ten interdisciplinary art installations in ten derelict or unused buildings in Downtown Mobile. A map is created and tours run alongside Arts Alive and Loda Music Festival as a way of activating ‘negative space’ and inspiring our audience to re-imagine our downtown landscape with an expanded notion of what is possible.

Freelance Labor Auctions | Mobile, Alabama 2010- 2013

This was a quarterly transient networking event. Freelance Auctions bind together the locally owned need and home-grown capability in an act of vigilante economy. For skilled workers it provided a source of income, for local business owners it built fruitful relationships in the community.

Spoken Song Festival | Mobile, Alabama 2010

This festival was inspired by imagining a world without music. Co-curated and coordinated by Yolanda Jones(known locally as Yo Jonsey), poets, musicians, and performance artists were invited to perform in any style without instruments, to unpack music as an act primarily of story-telling.

Skills & Interests

My skills include curating, graphic design,illustration, project and program writing, publicity writing, creative and critical writing, event planning and resource management, scenic design, public speaking and performance, program and project consulting, leadership, and concept building for teams.

Curatorially my areas of specialty are in regional art and post-object / installation art, however I have a strong background in painting. I am interested in contemporary art that holds a meaningful relationship to place. I have worked with artists of every disciple and enjoy curating for exhibitions in which the art must be made, as well as drawing from existing work of artists on a thematic basis. I am most interested in work dealing with cultural identity, narrative, and issues relevant to the community.

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