Elizabeth R Gahan is a Seattle-based artist. She grew up in San Diego, CA. She received a dual undergraduate degree in Global Studies and Fine attended from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a masters degree in Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis in painting. Gahan then attended a residency program at the Banff Centre, Canada to pursue installation art. Her current art practice combines 2D studio art and 3D installation art. Gahan currently works from a space at Equinox Studios in Georgetown, Seattle.

In 2014 Gahan was selected and recognized in the Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review. Gahan has been awarded multiple fellowships, grants and public commissions including, but not limited to Artist Trust GAP Grant, City of Seattle 1% for Arts, Seattle City Artist Project Grant, Seattle Storefronts, Tacoma Spaceworks, and Seattle Art Interruptions.

Articles & Press

Art Beat, 2017 PDF / online

Bellingham Alive Magazine (fashion shoot),

   2016 PDF / online

North End Metro Magazine (fashion shoot),  

   2016 PDF / online

Whatcom Talk, 2016 PDF / online

Cascadia Weekly, 2016 PDF / online

Vanguard Seattle, 2016 PDF online

Tacoma Spaceworks Blog, 2016 PDF / online

The News Tribune, 2016 PDF / online

Stackedd Magazine, 2015 PDF / online

Americans for the Arts, 2014 PDF / online

The Scene, 2014 PDFonline

Bellevue Reporter, 2014 online

Babiekins, 2014 online

Newsgram, 2014 PDF

Storefronts Seattle, 2013 PDF / online

City Arts, 2013 PDF / online

Spaceworks Tacoma Blog, 2013 PDF

Tacoma Arts Conference, 2013 PDF

Westlake Park Press Release, 2013 PDF

Ballard News Tribune, 2013 PDF / online

Seattle Times, 2013 PDF / online

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 2008 PDF



2008    Masters of Fine Art, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2005    B.A. Art Studio & Global Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, Graduate High Honors

2005    Filologia y Bellas Artes, Universitat de Barcelona, España

Artist Residencies

2014    Guest Artist and Residency, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, OK

2008    Self-directed Artist Residency, Banff Centre, AB Canada

Public Art Installation Projects

TBD      Rock Stack, Lake City 33rd Ave. NE park, Seattle, WA   

2019     Octagon, Burien Arts-A-Glow Festival, Dottie-Harper Park, WA

              The Wave, mobile art on view at Tukwila Community Center lobby or select public events, Tukwila, WA

              30, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, on view for 2019, Bellevue, WA

2018     Geode, Washington Elementary School, Washington State Arts Commission, Wenatchee, WA 

2017      Silver Compass, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA

              Urban Garden, Art On Main, Main St & Division St, Auburn, WA

              Synthetic Blossoms, "Heaven & Earth: Cultivated," Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA

              Cosmic Interference, Chromatopia: Collaboration Elizabeth Gahan & Liz Tran, Dottie-Harper Park,                           Burien Arts-A-Glow Festival, WA

              Pop Shapes, Bellevue Square Mall, Bellevue, WA

2016      Street Lanterns, City of Spokane, WA

              Bioluminescent, Chromatopia: Collaboration Elizabeth Gahan & Liz Tran, SAM Lights festival,           

                 Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park, WA

              Bombogenesis, Chromatopia: Collaboration Elizabeth Gahan & Liz Tran, Shoreline Community        

                 College, WA

              Vertical Garden, Seattle Center Poetry Garden, Seattle, WA

              Cohesive Fragments, Tacoma, Woolworth Window #4&5, downtown Tacoma, WA

              Checked, "TACOMA FOOD FOREST: Art, Edibles + Sustainable Culture," Swan Creek Park,          

                 Tacoma, WA

              Home Grown, Burien Community Center Atrium, Burien, WA

              Bioluminescent Pods, "EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation," Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA  

2015      Abundance, Tacoma Arts Month Exhibition, Tacoma Armory, WA

              Phosphorescence Canopy, Burien Arts-A-Glow, Dottie Harper Park, Burien, WA

              Urban Trail, Bellevue Art Museum Fair, Bellevue, WA

              Passage, Pedestrian Corridor, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

              Dreamscape, King County Public Health Clinic Window, Kent, WA

2014/15 Fracturing Crystals, Window Space, Renton, WA

              Kingfisher Landing, Winterfest, on Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, WA

              Urban Snowflakes, One Main (& N Division St), Auburn Streetscapes, Auburn, WA

2014      Chromatic Encounters, NEPO 5k Don’t Run, Daejeon Park, Seattle, WA

              Bellwether Connect Bellevue 2014, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue Galleria and Bellevue Way NE, WA

              Color Utopia, Window Installation at Finerie CoLAB, Seattle WA

              Catching the Holy Spirit, First Presbyterian Church, Alva, OK

              Graphic Plume, Storefronts, Seattle, WA

2013      Color Wave, Spaceworks Tacoma, Woolworth Window #2, downtown Tacoma, WA

              Chromatic Crystallization (Seattle), Westlake Park, Seattle, WA

              Tree Pods, “Acclimatized 5: Heaven and Earth,” COCA at Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA

              Climbing Crystals, Art Interruptions in Beacon Hill, Maplewood Playfield, Seattle, WA

2012      Honeycomb, South Park Community Center, Main Entrance, Seattle, WA

              Metamorphosis, University of Washington 150th Celebration, Art & Music Pavilion, Seattle, WA

2011      Seattle Storefronts Installation, Seattle, WA 

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Re-constructing the View, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA 

2018     Elizabeth Gahan, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015     Boom: From Wonder to Whiplash, Zinc Art + Object, Edmunds, WA

              Magic Portal, Chromatopia: Collaboration Elizabeth Gahan & Liz Tran, PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

              Ebe & Flow, Firehouse Gallery, Rogue Community College, Granys Pass, OR

2014/15 The Urban Garden, Gallery 2312, Seattle, WA

              Alva Architectural Narratives, Historic Runnymede Hotel, Alva, OK

2013      Urban Ecosystems, Adobe Waterfront Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009     Material Concerns, JK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008     Shifting Solid Ground, East Gallery, Claremont, CA 

2005     Exchanging Perspectives, Departamento Bellas Artes, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain 

2004     The Global City, Gallery 1434, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

2019    Escapism from LA, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA

            Seattle Art Fair, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018    Bellwether Biennial, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA 

            Seattle Art Fair, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

            The Cityscape Show VIII, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, WA 

2017     Structural Configurations, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

             Northwest Nature, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

             The Cityscape Show VII, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016    Chromatic Crystallization (Burien) & Synthetic Growth II, "Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their

                Mark," Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

             Group Show at Aqua Art Fair with Phylogeny Contemporary, Miami, FL

             The Cityscape Show VI, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Knock Out: 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Chromatopia: Collaboration Elizabeth Gahan & Liz Tran,

                PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015     Neighborhoods, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

             PUNCH Gallery at the Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA

             Westward Bound, PUNCH Gallery at Clymer Museum & Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

2014     New Members, PUNCH Gallery, Liz Tran & Elizabeth Gahan Collaboration, Seattle, WA

             A Selection of New Paintings, Finerie CoLAB, Seattle, WA

             Contemporary Views, Graceful Arts, Alva, OK

2013     World/City, SAF Annual Model Exhibit, 1201 2nd Avenue at Seneca St., Seattle, WA

2012     Oasis, 3rd Annual Shangrila Art Show, Joshua Tree, CA

2011      Synthetic, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA 

2008    Mindful Navigation of Synthetic Spaces, Other Gallery, The Banff Centre, AB Canada

              Envisioning A Future, South Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

             Some Young Los Angeles Artists, Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA

             eyeCAndy,  Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA   

             Political Disco, Santee Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

2007    Exceedingly Way Too Overhung, Concrete Walls, Los Angeles, CA

             Exhibitionists, East & Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA

             The Media, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

2006   BUZZ, East & Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA

             Peace & Anti-War Exhibition, San Diego Artist Guild, San Diego, CA.

             San Diego Regional Artist’s Show, SDAI: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA

             One Foot Show, SDAI: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA

2005   Southern California Regional Exhibition, SDAI: Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA

Grants, Fellowships & Awards

2017     City of Seattle 1% for Arts Fund

2016     Washington State Arts Commission

2014     Americans for the Arts 2014 Public Art Network Year in Review

2013     GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle

2013     City of Seattle 1% for Arts Fund

2013     City Public Arts Grant, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

2012     City Artist Projects Grant, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

2012     Art Grant, University of Washington, Husky Fest, 150th Anniversary

2008    Helen B. Dooley Art Fellowship

2007     Macuire Teaching Assistant Fellowship

2007     Museum and Cultural Management Academic Fellowship

2006    Claremont Graduate University Faculty Selected Art Fellowship

2005    Jeanie Anderson Memorial Fund Grant

2004    Art Department Faculty Award of Distinction, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

2001     William Dole Memorial Award

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