Elizabeth Gilfilen received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati, and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Awards include a Yaddo Residency, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, The Bronx Museum's AIM Program, the Alijra Emerge Fellowship 9, and a Gallery Aferro Studio Residency. In 2013, she completed a printmaking residency at Oehme Graphics in Colorado, and was a Studio Immersion Project Fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York.
Her paintings and works on paper have been included in exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Islip Art Museum and Lehman College Gallery, among others. Solo exhibitions include the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, 2012; Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, 2011; and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2010. Her work has been published in New American Paintings; reviewed in Two Coats of Paint, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.