Elizabeth Crawford is a sculptor, illustrator, and educator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and her MFA from Pratt Institute, New York City. She has had a long love affair with clay, creating and exhibiting sculpture since 1989. Her ceramic murals and installations appear in schools and outdoor spaces in Minnesota and New York.
In 2000, she began photographing her sculpture in environments as children’s book illustrations. In 2003, Elizabeth illustrated her first children’s book, Cave: An Evocation of the Beginnings of Art, by Richard Lewis. After working as a publications director, she returned to illustration in 2015 with a readers series developed by Tools of the Mind, creating several books with this educational group.
To complement her illustration work, Elizabeth helps elementary grade students illustrate and publish their ideas in student journals as part of a project to inspire reluctant writers. She has worked as an artist-in-residence and art teacher in Colorado, Minnesota, and New York with kindergartners through adults.
Elizabeth draws, sculpts, and photographs in the attic studio of her Minneapolis home, occasionally interrupted and always supported by her human and non-human animal family.