The Greater Chicago-Land Area

+1 219 951 2581 | liz@lizmares.com

Liz Mares (b. 1978) is a self-taught artist working from the NW Indiana and Chicago Metropolitan area. She specializes in bold paintings, prints and mural designs in minimalist, geometric, and architectural themes for corporate offices, public environments and private clientele bases. Ms. Mares has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the Mid-West and beyond and has her work in several Fortune 500 collections and academic institutions.

I want the viewers, of my work, to be able to see past the aesthetic and find the freedom to explore their own thoughts and imperfections. To follow the lines I’ve laid and internalize their own emotions and sense of humanity; whether that be individually or communally. I want viewers to experience growth, independence and mental clarity through simplicity.

– Liz Mares

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Suburban Seas, Promise You Art House – Highland, IN
2017 – Dark Matter, Chess Art Gallery (Purdue University) – Hammond, IN
2017 – Pop-Up (Curated by Highland Redevelopment Commission) – Highland, IN
2016 – Rhetorical Geometry, Wolff Gallery – Portland, OR
2014 – Expression for Isadora Duncan, Site Specific Installations, White Ripple Gallery & Co. – Hammond, IN
2013 – Rudimentary, Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2011 – INside Out, Tool Shed Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
2010 – Masque, Substation No. 9 – Hammond, IN
2005 – Selected Works, Bernard Gallery – Whiting, IN

GROUP & DUO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2019 – Indy Windy : A Love Story (Curated by Ish Muhammad), Marshall J. Gardner Center – Miller, IN
2019 – Smalls to the Walls, Galerie F – Chicago, IL
2018 – Indy Windy : A Love Story (Curated by Ish Muhammad), South Shore Arts – Munster, IN
2018 – Degrees of Abstraction (Curated by Mary Bookwalter, Janice Meister, Carol Weber), 201 Gallery – Argonne, IL
2017 – Geometric Complexions (Curated by Sergio Gomez), Zhou B Art Center. – Chicago, IL
2016 – Line of Site (Curated by Janice Bond), Mott St. – Chicago, IL
2016 – Gateway (Curated by Janice Bond), Art NXT Level Projects /33 Contemporary – Chicago, IL
2015 – P.O.P : Perceptions of Population (Curated by Liz Mares), 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2015 – Mares & Jimenez (Duo Exhibition), Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2015 – Slideshow, Roman Susan Annex – Chicago, IL
2014 – Emergence, Mist Gallery – Richmond, VA
2014 – Curator’s Choice: The 10th National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2014 – Family: Interpretations by Contemporary Women Artists, Customs House Museum – Clarksville, TN
2013 – No Away To Throw To, Sacred Keepers Youth Garden / Shacks & Shanties – Bronzeville –  Chicago, IL
2012 – MergeArts 2012 Summer Exhibition, MergeArts – Hammond, IN
2011 – Feminist Depictions of Darkness in Place, Space and Season, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
2010 – Go Figure, Thaddeus C. Gallery – Laporte, IN

AWARDS/GRANTS/PROJECTS

2019 – Owl You Need is Love Public Art Project – Sponsored by Popa Heating & Cooling for Humane Indiana 
2018 – MINI Library Box Project Artist – Sponsored by MINI USA, Saatchi Art for Little Black Pearl – Chicago, IL
2018 – ‘Highland Has Art’ Grant : Highland Community Foundation
2016 – Highland Redevelopment Commission : Mural Project : Legacy Foundation Grant

RESIDENCY

2018 – Artist in Residence – Green Street Projects – Chicago, IL.
2015 – Artist in Residence – Keweenaw Coffee Works – Calumet, MI.
2013 – Lake House Studio Residency – CRN Fine Art – Valporaiso, IN.

LECTURES/TALKS

2019 – Artist Talk – Indy Windy : A Love Story – Marshall J. Gardner Center – Miller, IN
2018 – Art and Social Action – Saatchi Art Talks Panel – The Other Art Fair – Chicago, IL
2017 – On the Radar, Lakeshore Public Access Interview WLPR-FM 98.1
2017 – Art on the Air – WVLP 103.1 Radio – Valparaiso, IN
2015 – Insight Design Conference – Cedar Lake Arts Center – Cedar Lake, IN.
2013 – What’s That – Panel Discussion on Public Art, Environmental Movement and Community – Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS

2018 – HERE Magazine – The Story of Highland’s Three- Walled Mural
2016 – Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artists – KGW8 News – Portland, OR
2015 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #13 
2014 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #11
2014 – Poets /Artists Magazine, Issue #55

CORPORATE/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

University of Chicago Medicine – Prairie View A&M University 
Dechert LLP – Charles Schwabb – Indiana University 
Reside Living (Lofts at Gin Alley) – Het Kleurbureau