Elisabeth earned a BFA in photography from Miami University with a second major in English, literature. She continued her studies with a teaching assistantship in the graduate program at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and graduated with her MFA in 2006.

While earning her degrees she also studied English literature abroad at Cambridge University, completed two eight-week artist residencies in Ghana, West Africa, a three-month residency in Beijing, China, and won the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize, a $30K dollar grant to complete the documentary work she began in Ghana.  

After earning her MFA, she moved to Shanghai, China with her husband where she taught photography workshops, guest lectured at Fudan University during their first annual Women’s Studies Symposium, and exhibited work in the US and in Mainland China.

Elisabeth returned to the states in late 2008, finally settling in Raleigh in 2011 with her husband and two young sons.

Her post-wanderer life took shape with a studio practice rooted in sharing ideas and processes, teaching, and both in-house and freelance creative marketing work. She spent two years on the photography faculty at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, taught private workshops from her studio, and worked on Red Hat’s corporate creative team writing and producing short branded documentary work and C-level presentations.

While Elisabeth works with mixed media in her daily studio practice, including collage, artist books, and encaustic processes, photography is at the heart of her work and daily practice. Having learned the medium in the darkroom, she enjoys the hand built process of creating art using photography as the underlying structure.  |  919.917.7650 |  Raleigh, NC  |  © 2020 by Elisabeth Effron 

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