Elizabeth Murray (b. 1940, Chicago) received a B.F.A. from the Art Institute ofChicago (1962) and an M.F.A. from MillsCollege in Oakland, CA(1964). In addition to her current teaching position at BardCollege (Annandale-on-Hudson,NY), Murray hasheld visiting faculty appointments at a number of American colleges anduniversities including The Art Institute of Chicago, CaliforniaInstitute of the Arts, Princeton University, YaleUniversity, the Schoolof Visual Arts, NewYork, and the NewYork Studio School. She has been awarded degreesfrom her alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (HonoraryDoctorate, 1992), Rhode Island School of Design (Honorary Degree, 1993) and theNew School University(Honorary Doctorate, 2001). Murray has also received the Walter M. CampanaAward from the Art Institute of Chicago (1982), the American Academy andInstitute of Arts and Letters Award (1984), the Skowhegan Medal for Painting(1986), the Larry Aldrich Prize in Contemporary Art (1993), the John D. andCatherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (1999), and has been honored by ArtistsSpace, New York (2001). In 1992 Murray became amember of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, New York. Murray and her husband, poet BobHolman, were honored in June 2002 by the AndersonRanch ArtCenter in Snowmass Village, Coloradowith its National Artist Award.
Murray's work has been thesubject of nearly sixty solo exhibitions in galleries around the world sinceher New York City debut in the 1972 Annual Exhibition: Contemporary AmericanPainting at the Whitney Museum of American Art and has participated in sixWhitney Biennial exhibitions since 1973. Murrayfirst exhibited at the PaulaCooper Galleryin 1974 and joined PaceWildenstein in 1995. In 1987-88 the Dallas Museum ofArt, the Albert and Vera List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA and theMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston jointly organized a major retrospective exhibitionof Murray's paintings and drawings that later traveled to The Museum ofContemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Des Moines Art Center, the Walker ArtCenter in Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In1988 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited Elizabeth Murray: NewWork, and in 1991-92 the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH exhibitedRecent Work by Elizabeth Murray. Last summer the Jaffe-Friede & StraussGalleries at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover,NH exhibited Elizabeth Murray Paintings and Works on Paper. The Museum ofModern Art in New York invited Murray to curate Artist's Choice-- ElizabethMurray: Modern Women in 1995 following her inclusion a few years prior inMoMA's 1990-91 High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture.
Elizabeth Murray's work canbe found in over forty public collections in the United States, including: theAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Allen Memorial Art Museum, OberlinCollege, Oberlin, OH; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Baltimore Museum ofArt; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Cleveland Museum of Art;the Dallas Museum of Art; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the HirshhornMuseum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NewYork, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of FineArts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the National Gallery ofArt, Washington, DC; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; thePhiladelphia Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; TheSaint Louis Art Museum; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the Walker ArtCenter, Minneapolis, MN; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; andthe Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.