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Elizabeth Stainton
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Born and based in Manhattan, Elizabeth’s fine art practice has been woven into her travels and work since the age of 14. After graduating from Wesleyan University, she has worked in art-related endeavors, including costuming, mural painting, faux-finishing, gilding, fabric painting and graphic design, while also earning private and commercial painting commissions. In 1998, she began teaching studio art at the Brearley School where she continues to educate and be educated by her students. Elizabeth’s work began in abstraction and has moved toward figurative work, spanning explorations in a variety of materials including acrylics, oils, watercolor, fresco, gouache and, most recently, collage and metallic leaf. Currently, landscapes include the geometry of the city, as well as mixed media collages and watercolors. 


Wesleyan University


The Brearley School, New York, NY

Art Teacher, 1998-2020

Art Department Head , 2000-2015



Artists and Mentors, The Painting Center, NYC, 2018

Salmagundi Club-Landscape and Cityscape, 2020

Salmagundi Club-Moonrise/Sunrise, 2020


Sabbatical Study Award, 2005

Sandra Lea Marshall Award, 2015

Golden Foundation/Scholastic Painting Residency Summer, 2017

Chair of Excellence in Teaching 2019

Richard C. Pionk Memorial  Award, Salamagundi Club, 2020


Strategic Planning Committee, 2003

Alumnae Drawing workshop, 2006

NAIS Conference, NY, 2007

Independent School Art Heads Collective, 2008-2015

Teach India Conference, Cambridge, MA, 2010, 2011

ArTech Workshop, 2012

Academy for Teachers Fellow, 2014

MOMA, Assemblage and Collage, 2016

Independent School Art Teachers Forum, 2016

Equity Learning Council, 2016, 2017


Blue NY, 2017, private collection NY, NY

Bridge, 2016, private collection, NY, NY 

Gile's Sky, 2017, CTBNL, Boston, MA

River, private collection, 2016, NY, NY

New Amsterdam 1650, 2016, West End Collegiate Church, NY NY


First Night Greenport, Greenport, NY 1997-1998

Deja Vu, Southold, NY 1995-1998

Anne Harris Studio, New York, NY 1993-1995

Modeworks, New York, NY 1988-1994

Peter Fasano, Ltd. New York, NY  1984-1988

Macy’s Special Events, R.H. Macy’s, New York, NY, 1984-1986

Eaves-Brooks Costumes, Queens, NY 1983-1984

Metropolitan Opera Association, New York, NY  1979-1980

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