Associate Professor of Art
Ms. Elizabeth McFalls
BFA: Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio
MFA: The Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001
Printmaking and Studio Art
Professor Elizabeth Roberts McFalls, a member of the Columbus State University faculty since 2007, is an Associate Professor of Art. She received her MFA from The Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since arriving at CSU Professor McFalls has been included in more than twenty exhibitions, given three artist lectures and completed an Artist Residency at the Osage Artist Community. Recently her work was included in The Dartmouth Invitational Print Exhibition at Jaffe‐Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; New Narratives: stories and messages in Contemporary Art, Cade Center for Fine Arts, Baltimore, MD; and The XXVI LaGrange National Biennial, LaGrange Art Museum, Lagrange, GA. Altogether, she has had a total of sixty‐four exhibits, spanning several bodies of work, three of which were solo exhibits. Professor McFalls’ research focuses on the rural southeast as a departure point for discussing issues of mortality, sacrifice and beauty, in the mediums of drawing and lithography.
To some degree my work is autobiographical, but void of personal aspects. As a result, revealing, concealing, and reinventing truths are central to my art making process, both physically and conceptually. The act of drawing lends itself to the revealing/concealing process, which is seen in the way my drawings are almost “overdrawn” to convey a search for truth. The process becomes symbolic of the moments I am searching out; moments where the portraits begin to reveal death or loss under the façade of tragedy, beauty, and life.
It is in these moments I begin to question how we categorize ourselves and relate to one another through the veil of history. Specifically, I use images from Southern Appalachia where historically a dedication to the concept of family or an ideal has resulted in heartbreak and the images I create reflect that same sentiment. They have stereotypically stood as icons of sacrifice, and are chosen for their iconic values in relationship to honor. While romanticizing these historical icons, I am actually removing preconceived stereotypes based on class and historical references by extracting the figure from their original context. This allows 150 year old images to have contemporary relevance to current issues of betrayal, tragedy, deceit, and sacrifice.
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