Exhibiting Artist Talk: Elizabeth Duffy

April 19, 2023 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm In the Cushing Gallery

Join us for an illuminating conversation with exhibiting artist Elizabeth Duffy, who will discuss her work currently on view in Social Fabric: Textiles & Contemporary IssuesDuffy’s work alludes to the apparent comforts of home, to reveal its contradictions, pathos, and bewildering humor, illuminating these contradictions through invented controllable worlds. The quilts, works on paper and installation work in this exhibition examine the intersection of domestic life and surveillance, and ask the viewer to reconsider the neutrality of messages embedded in the everyday environments we inhabit.

Seating is limited, RSVP recommended.


Elizabeth Duffy is a multidisciplinary artist whose compulsive process and love of material culture drive her to mine the revelatory in the ordinary. Trained in sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, and textile conservation, her recent work examines the intersection of domestic life and surveillance. Her work is influenced by feminist art, an itinerant way of life, and looking at the overlooked.
Duffy has exhibited her work widely including at the Drawing Center, The RISD Museum. the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, White Columns, Wave Hill, and DM Contemporary. She has held residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirius Art Centre in Ireland, VCCA, and Ucross. Duffy is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art News, Art on Paper, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and many other publications. Duffy received her MFA from CUNY/Brooklyn College and her BA from Rutgers College. She studied Textile Conservation at FIT, Jewelry making the School of Visual Arts and painting, drawing, painting and sculpture at the New York Studio School. She lives and works in Providence, RI and teaches in the Art Department at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Learn more at https://www.elizabethduffy.net/