Elise McWilliams

     Artist/Illustrator/ Art Educator                                                                                Oxford, Ohio, 45056


                                                                                                          website: www.elisemcwilliams.net



Awards and honors

2014                      Azule Artist-in-residence, Asheville, NC

Community Connection Grant, from Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Oxford, OH for THS mural project and Jewelry suppllies

Oxford Community Foundation Grant, Oxford, OH for the THS Mural project

2013                            Talawanda Technology Grant, from Talawanda School District, for 6 mini Ipads, Wacom styluses, and sketching apps

  • Community Connection Grant, from Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Oxford, OH for mini I-pads and bulletin boards

2012                            Community Connection Grant, from Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Oxford, OH for 8 Digital Cameras and 8 SD cards for East Elem.

  •                 Petrified Forest National Park Artist-In-Residence, AZ, created a painting for their permanent collection

  •                 Visiting Artist for After School Art Program, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

2008                            Hot Springs National Park Artist-In-Residence, Hot Springs, AK, created a painting for their permanent collection

2003                  Research Grants: For travel to Greece to study Tamatas, religious tooled metal effigies

·            Foundation for Hellenic Studies, American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Washington, DC

·            Department of Art, CELT, and Fine Arts Department, Miami University, Oxford, OH 

Solo Exhibitions

2015                  Bloc Coffeehouse, Cincinnati, OH

2012                  Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH, “Pocket Monsters,” with Jim McWilliams

2011                  Boxcar Books, Bloomington, IN

2007                  Koffenya Coffeehouse, Oxford, OH

2006                  Kona Bistro and Coffee Bar, Cincinnati, OH

2004                  Commingled, Thomas More Gallery, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY

2003                  Kona Bistro and Coffee Bar, Oxford, OH

2001                  North Star Tattoo, Middletown, OH

Kona Bistro and Coffee Bar, Oxford, OH


Gallery Talks

2004               TM Gallery, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY

2001                  Art Building Auditorium, Craftsummer Program, Miami University, Oxford, OH

2000                  Peabody Hall Auditorium, Miami University, Oxford, OH


Selected Group Invitational and Juried Exhibitions

2014                  State of the Arts, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio


Just Drawin’ Story Time, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

Pets Deserve a Home, Ontario, Canada

Blue Moon, Craiova, Romania, romailart.wordpress.com/blue-moon/

Climate Chaos/Climate Change, Harrisonburg, VA, climatechangemailart.wordpress.com


Talking Animals, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

Arte Correo Correo, Bridgeport, CT

Trashpo, Elgin, IL, dianekeys.blogspot.com

Hermes Mail, Huntington Beach, CA, hermes-mail.tumblr.com  


Popsicle Stick Art Show, Paper Crane Gallery, Bloomington, IN

                  Bloomington Storytelling Project, WFHB, Bloomington, IN, Posters for events

                  True Tales Oxford, Posters for Events, Oxford, OH  

                  Faces of the Feminine: Superheroines & Popular Culture, Seminole Library, St. Petersburg College, FL

                  6x6x2011, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

                  Future World, Rijeka Croatia

                  Small Art, Big Impact, Artist Trading Cards Exhibition, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH                 

                  I Love Brazilian Culture, Maison des Cultures de Saint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium

                  Year of the Golden Rabbit, Berkeley, CA, www.flickr.com/photos/carlacryptic/5839566979/

                  Blue, White and Yellow, Oficina D’Angra, Acores, Portugal

                  Trains, Dolj, Romania, www.romailart.wordpress.com

                  The Genius of Gerry Anderson, Positively Postal, Hounslow, Middlesex, UK

                  Bairfayst Books, Trail, B.C. Canada, www.bairfaystbooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/elise-mcwilliams.html

                  Dearly Departed, Simcoe ON Canada

                  The Face of Jesus, Haverhill, MA

                  Artist Book, Cosenza Italy, www.guzzardi.it/arte/pagine/mcwilliamsbook.html


6x6x2010, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

              Emerging Artists: Ohio Connections, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

              Alternative Ways to Use a Postcard, Officina delle Immagin, Rome, Italy

              Dame Mailarta’s Portrait Palace, Victoria, BC, Canada, www.damesportraitgallery.blogspot.com

              Oregon Inkspot Print Exchange, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

              All that Jazz! & still No Freedom?, Brussels, Belgium

              The Bubble, Larzac Village d’Europe, Le CAYLAR, France

              Totem Pole, Christ Church Staincliffe, Batley, UK

              Planet of the Mermaids, Vortex Theatre Lobby, Austin, TX

              Stein-Zeit, Walburgisgymnasium Menden, Menden, Germany

              This is Mail Art, Culture and Language Connections, Montreal, QC, Canada, www.thisisart.ca/?p=1810

              Looks, Castlenau-Montratier, France

              Honoring the Shadow, Willow Grove, PA

              The Myth of Power, 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

              Snail Mail, www.tazscorner1.blogspot.com, Granbury, TX

              Eel River Crossing, Gallery Restigouche de Campbelton, Montreal, QC, Canada

              Collective Book of Mail Art, Galicia, Spain

              Cafes around the world, Islington, London, UK, www.zyarts.com/cafesaroundtheworld

              The Face of Jesus, Angles & art Gallery, Haverhill, MA

                  Surfin’ UFO, The Vortex, Austin, TX

                  Dear Buster, Spearfish Arts Center, Spearfish, SD

                  View from the Window, Stadtmuseum Weilheim, Weilheim, Germany

                  The Owl, Vio Popilia Palazzo Manna 1, Cosenza, Italy

2009                  Oregon Inkspot Print Exchange, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR


Art Now for Autism, Washington, DC, website and online auction, artnowforautism.com

Artists Respond to Fear, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

Split, The Drawing Room, Portland, ME, www.drawingroomportlandmaine.com

International Fiber Collaborative, Syracuse, NY, www.internationalfibercollaborative.com

Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit, Maud Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR


Oregon Inkspot Print Exchange, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

 Innovators’ 2007 Art & Addiction Juried Exhibition, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

 The Best of 2007, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Columbus, Portsmouth and Wooster, OH

2006                  Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine, August 2006


Family Room, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

Question Reality: Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Art All Over, Studio Tour, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

Realities of Time and Place, Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, Washburn Museum, Washburn, WI and website: www.cbayarts.org/Mail%20Art%20Page%205.htm

2nd Fridays, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

Mail Art Show, Perkins County Arts Council, Grant, NE and website: www.perkinscountycreators.com


Educators/Educated: Jewelry/Metals in Ohio, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, and Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

Pyramid Hill Art Fair, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton, OH

How Would You Spend $1,000,000? Monticello Community Center, Monticello, MN

Ekecheiria, General Consulate of Greece, Schopf Gallery on Lake, Chicago, IL

Best of 2004, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, and Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

Art All Over, Studio Tour, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH

Walls, Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV and website: www.wwc.edu/sleeth/review.asp

Attitudes, Media Bridges, Cincinnati, OH



Reviews and Publications

     “Art Exhibits Opening Soon,” Oxford Press, Oxford, OH, June 3, 2012, http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/news/local/art-exhibits-opening-soon/nPWmc/

     Bloomington Scene: www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2011/10/.../scene.qp-8785300.st...

     Dark Highlands Anthology Volume 2, Page 22, Hippie Twins reproduction, April 2011

   St. Petersburg Times, “Superheroines star at art show”, June 1, & “What Wonder Woman means to society”, June 2, 2011

     Kunstforum Weilheim, Internationales Mailart-Projekt, “Blick aus dem Fenster” 2010 Catalog, reproduction.

              Holt, Susan, Educators/Educated: Jewelry and Metals in Ohio, Metalsmith, summer 2006, p. 54 review.

        Williams, Arthur, Beginning Sculpture-textbook, Davis Studio Series, p. 12, review/reproduction.

        Metalsmith, Exhibition in Print 2006, p. 36, review/reproductions.

        Pearce, Sara, Family fills up the Fitton Center, Weekend Edition- Cincinnati Enquirer, review/reproduction, Jan. 6, 2006.

        Jones, Richard, Oxford family’s art on display at Fitton Center, The Oxford Press, review/reproduction, Dec. 16, 2005.

Jones, Richard, Oxford family subject of exhibition,Hamilton & Middletown Journals, review/reproduction, Dec.12, 2005.

        Creative Soup Zine, Warminster, PA, March 2006.

        Reis, Jennifer, Question Reality: Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Arts Across Kentucky, review Fall 2005.

         Reality in question, The Independant, review Aug. 26, 2005.

        Heath, Benita, Morehead’s not-so-fantastic voyage, Lexington Herald-Leader, review Sept. 18, 2005.

        Farr, Jory, Passion, creativity and surprise await in metals exhibit, Business First, review Jan. 7, 2005.

        Starker, Melissa, Good Education, Alive, review Nov. 24, 2004.

        Yalkut, Jud, The Fab 140, The Art of Metals in Ohio, Dayton City Paper, review Jan. 5-11, 2005.

        Cartmill, Shane, Heavy Metal, Outlook News.Com, website review, 2004.

        Kotwal, Kaizaad, Moments in Metal, The Columbus Dispatch, review Dec. 12, 2004.

        Workman, Michael, Ekecheiria, NewCityChicago.com, website review, 2004.

        Press Release, saeamerica.org, Council of Hellenes Abroad, website review, 2004.

        Exhibit Honors Olympic Truce, NBCOlympics.com, website review, 2004.

        About the Current, schopfgalleryonlake.com/current.html, website review, 2004.

        Ekecheiria, catalog, 2004.

        Hammered & Forged, catalog, 2003.


2003                                                                Ohio Art Teaching License Coursework, Miami University, Oxford, OH

1996-99                                                           M.F.A., Jewelry/Metals, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1995-96                                                           M.A. Coursework, Jewelry/Metals, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

1988-93                                                            B.F.A., Jewelry/Metals and Painting, Miami University, Oxford, OH

1997-2014 summers                                       Illustration class and Craftsummer Workshops, Miami University, Oxford, OH


Work Experience

2013-present                  Art Teacher, Talawanda High School, Oxford, OH: 9-12 2D Art: Drawing, Painting, 2D, Arts & Crafts, Honors Art

2007-2013                   Art Teacher, Hollingsworth East Elementary School, Eaton, OH: K-2 Art

2007                            Art Instructor, Miami University, Oxford, OH:  Art for the Elementary Teacher

2006-7                         Art Teacher, Yellow Springs High School, Yellow Springs, OH

2004-06                       Art/Photography Teacher, Preble-Shawnee High School, Camden, OH

2002-2003                   Art Instructor, Miami University, Oxford, OH: 2D, 3D and Capstone

2001                            Art Instructor, Miami University, Oxford, OH: Beginning Architecture Studio    

1996-98                       Art Instructor/Graduate Assistant, Kent State University, Kent, OH: Beginning Jewelry/Metals

1995-96                       Art Instructor/Graduate Assistant, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN: Drawing and 3D

1995-96                       Bench Jeweler, Rogers Jewelers, Middletown, OH

1994-95                       Bench Jeweler, Krombholz Jewelers, Cincinnati, OH


Teaching License

                          State of Ohio Five year license #OH1-45-7259, Multi Age 3-21/Grade PK-21 Visual Art Expires 06/30/2020