Elisa Jensen


Irish Arts & Culture Award, 2021, Irish Echo

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant, 2015

Finalist, Basil Alkazzi Award for Painting, NY Foundation for the Arts, 2012

National Academy Prize for Painting, National Academy Invitational, NYC 2010

John Koch Award in Art, American Academy of Arts & Letters, 2009

Revson Foundation via the New York Studio School, 1993

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Closer to Home, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2021

Gold Boats and the Fair Wheel, Roger Smith Hotel, NYC, 2019

100 Gold Boats and the Fair Wheel, David & Schweitzer Contemporary Project Room, Bushwick, NY, 2018

Valentine Gallery, Elisa Jensen & Janice Nowinski, Ridgewood, NYC, 2017

Call Out, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 2015

Street Lines, The Painting Center, NYC, 2014

Neighborhood Watch, Kimmel Gallery, NYU, 2014

Place and Passage: Elisa Jensen & Ruth Miller, New York Studio School Gallery, NYC, 2014

Governor's Island Art Fair, NYC, 2012

Perimeter Gallery, Belfast Maine, 2006

Icehouse Gallery, Greenport, Long Island, 2005

Gallery 100, Sarasota Springs, NY, 2004

Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2004

Royal Danish Consulate General, NYC, 2002

Paintings, Ansonia Gallery, NY, 1999

Suffolk County Community College, NJ, 1998

Washington Art Association, CT, 1998

Morso Kunstforening, Denmark, 1997

Selected Group Exhibitions


Still Life and the Poetry of Place, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY

Represent, Garageland Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Conversational, Arts on the Lake, Kent Lakes, NY


Landscape and Memory, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY

Corner Udstillingen, Sophienholm Museum and Morsø Kunstforening, Denmark


All Small, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY

11 Women of Spirit, Zurcher Gallery, NYC

Exchange, A Mail Art Project, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC, NYC


Pushing the Wall, Dumbo Sculpture Space and Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Formerly Sapersteins, Millerton, NY

Refuge, curated by Jackie Shatz, Green Door Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Leaving A Mark, curated by Martin Dull, M. David Studio, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Beasts of Brooklyn, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Turn of Thought, Edward Thorp Gallery, NYC

Return to Light, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Corner Exhibition, Sophienholm Museum, Lyngby, Denmark


True Believers, curated by Daniel John Gadd, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick, Bushwick Open Studios

Music to My Ears, organized by Ellie Murphy, Bushwick Open Studios

Summer Invitational, Edward Thorp Gallery, NYC

Corner Exhibition, Sophienholm Museum, Lyngby, Denmark


#pussypower, curated by Jen Samet and Michael David, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick

Incipiencies, The Buggy Factory, Bushwick, Curated by Paul D'Agostino

Reality is Wrong/Dreams are for Real, with David and Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick

Making the Future, David and Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick

An Occasional Dream, Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick

Corner Exhibition, Sophienholm Museum, Lyngby, Denmark

Sideshow Gallery, Through the Rabbit Hole, Williamsburg


Holiday Salon, Leslie Heller Workspace, NYC

Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, NYC

Paintings in Trees, The Peoples Garden, Bushwick

Life on Mars Invitational, Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick

Keep Out, Leslie Heller Gallery, NYC

The Space Between, curated by Jen Samet, New York Studio School Gallery

Corner Group, guest artist, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Denmark

Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg


City as Subject, curated by Xico Greenwald, Westbeth Gallery, NYC

Full House East, Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, Full House West, St. Paul, MN

Nevermind the Bollocks, Summer Invitational, Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick

99c Plus Art Shop, Curated by Rico Gatson, Storefront, Bushwick

Sideshow Nation: The Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg


Holiday Delights, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC

Curate NYC online exhibition, curated by Dr. Thomas Köhler, Chief Executive, Berlinische Galerie http://www.curatenyc.org/2013/author/tkohler

Curate NYC online exhibition, curated by Brooke Davis Anderson http://www.curatenyc.org/2013/author/bdanderson

Curate NYC 2013, Chashama Gallery, Curated by Janusz Jaworski

Femalenergy 3, Woodward Gallery, NYC

Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg


Go Brooklyn, Open Studio project via the Brooklyn Museum

Another World, Galleri Salling, Hjerk Denmark

St. Sebastian, 1530-2011, Edelman Arts, NYC and ArtMiami

Mic Check Occupy, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg


Mysterier, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY

50 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Morso Kunstforening, Nykobing Mors, Denmark


The Sweetest Thing, Trygvie Lie Gallery, NYC

National Academy Invitational Exhibition, National Academy Museum, NYC


American Academy of Arts & Letters Invitational Exhibition, NYC

Governor's Island Art Fair, NYC

Mors i Billedet, Morso Kunstforening, Nykobing Mors, Denmark

Sptclr Vws, Brooklyn

Reviews and Publications

John Yau, HyperallergicHidden Poetry of Everyday Life,  2022

Karen Wilkin, The Hudson Review, At the Galleries, Autumn 2020,

Peter McDermott, The Irish Echo, Heart's Search for Beauty, TruthOctober 23, 2019, 

Etty Yaniv, Art Spiel, Elisa Jensen: Gazing Inward, October 21, 2018, 

Jonathan Goodman, Artefuse.com, Beasts of Brooklyn at the Green Door Gallery, Divine Mercy Cultural Center, June 2018

Jonathan Stevenson, Two Coats of Paint, Strong, Dark Six-Pack at Edward Thorp Gallery, June, 2018

Jonathan Goodman, Whitehotmagzine.comElisa Jensen at David & Schweitzer Contemporary, May, 2018

Paul D'Agostino, Artinterviewsny.com, View Inside, Elisa Jensen, September 27, 2015

Thomas MIcchelli, Hyperallergic, The Other Side of Portraiture, July 11, 2015 

Peter Malone, Artcritical.com, Clusterfunk, Six shows in Two New York Galleries

Backstory, Tilted Arc, 31 October, 2014

David Cohen, Artcritical, Artcritical pic, Friday, March 28, 2014

Xico Greenwald, NYSun, "Serious Schooling," March 28, 2014

Beth Stebner, New York Daily News, Longtime Greenpoint Artist Elisa Jensen Painting Images of neighborhood's Newest Addition - Hipsters, March 10, 2014

John Haber, haberarts.com, "The Ghosts of New York," Summer 2010

Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, Weekend Arts, National Academy Gives Art Some Wiggle Room, February 18, 2010 

C-Monster pick 

Mors i Billedet, Exhibition Catalogue, Morso Kunstforening, Nykobing Mors, Denmark, 2009

Time out New York, "Visions of the Figure, July 20, 2008

Michele Wilson, Figures are Quite a Vision at LIC's Repetti GalleryQueens Chronicle, July 10, 2008 

Kristen Vibe Philippides, "Six Danish Artists in New York," The Danish Pioneer, May 5, 2008

Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's World Trade Center Artists Residency 1997-2001, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2004

David Cohen, Searching for the Image, Six Artists from the New York Studio School, Exhibition Catalogue, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, Florida, 2003

Film by Marty Toub and Bonnie Grossman, Searching for the Image, Six Artists from the New York Studio School, 2003

Lennie Bennett, Six Artists in Search of an Image, St. Petersburg Times, May 22, 2003

Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, SundayGiving Wide Expression to the Aspects of Desire, July 30, 2000 

Margot Adler, "Artists' Lofty Lofts," Morning Edition, National Public Radio, WNYC, April 1998

Jan Hoffman, An Artists' Garret on the 85th Floor, New York Times, April 30, 1998 

Aimee Brown Price, "The Artist and the City," Cityscape News, Summer 1998

Stephen Sartarelli, Languages of Reflection, Exhibition Catalogue, 1998

Curatorial Projects

Wild Geese: A Selection of Irish Artists, March - September, 2020, Green Door Gallery, Brooklyn

Borderline: Holly Miller, Natalie Moore, Ellie Murphy, November 22 - December 15, 2019, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Color Moves: Four Painters Turning up the Heat, David Ambrose, Elizabeth Hazan, Fran O'Neill, David Anselm Turner, May 18 - June 16, 2019, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg

Advent, Mindful Waiting, Green Door Gallery, December 1 - January 6, 2018/19, Williamsburg

Guest Curator/Juror, January 2019, Blue Mountain Gallery, NY

Beasts of Brooklyn, 2018, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg

Return to Light, 2018, Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg

hair-Do, 2014, co-curated with Natalie Moore, No Globe Gallery, Brooklyn

Visions of the Figure, 2008, Repetti Gallery, LIC

Lectures and Writing

Trans-cen-der presentation, Brooklyn Fireproof, March 27, 2018

On her work, Western Connecticut State University, Fall, 2015

Elisa Jensen, Artcritical,"I Choose to Be Free," Tribute to Jake Berthot

Elisa Jensen and Ruth Miller in conversation with William Bailey, Evening Lecture Series, New York Studio School, March 4, 2014

Artists on Artworks Talk, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

"The Image in New Territory," Panel Discussion moderated on Wendy Gittler, Artists Equity at the Arts Students League, October 2012

Elisa Jensen, Artcritical, With the Figure, Anything is Possible, Nick Carone 1917 - 2010

On her Work, Evening Lecture Series, New York Studio School, 2007


New York Studio School

  • Painting Instructor MFA Program 2005 to present
  • Chairman of the Board of Governor's 2010 to present
  • Faculty Representative 2009 to present
  • Painting Instructor 1999 - 2005
  • Drawing Instructor 1993 - 1999
  • Drawing Marathon Faculty 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Visiting Instructor, Drawing, 2014 - 17, 2020-23, Foundation Program, Pratt Institute

Visiting Critic, Fall 2015, Western Connecticut State University

Visiting Judge, 2012, Art Student's League, Scholarship competition, 2012

Teaching Assistant and Art Instructor Young Artists' Program, 1991, Chautauqua School of Art


New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, NY
1989 -1993, Certificate in Painting

Smith College, Northampton, MA
BA in Art

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