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Elaine Parks

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Los Angeles

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA and Tuscarora, NV

Works in

California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), 1999, MFA

Representing galleries

mixed-media, research mixed-media installation abstract installation abstract, installation, abstract, conceptual, sculpture


Elaine, a Los Angeles native, received an MFA from California Sate University, Los Angeles in 1999. Immediately afterward, she relocated to extreme rural Nevada, where the sparse landscape’s elusive beauty coalesced her ideas about the human relationship to the environment. During a decade in Nevada, she exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Oats Park Gallery in Fallon and Barrick Museum in Las Vegas, and the diy art exhibition Nada Dada Motel. Elaine taught for seven years at Great Basin College and twice received the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Nevada Arts Council.

Since returning to Los Angeles, Elaine has exhibited at L2Kontemporary, XVY Art and Design, outdoor installations with New Town Pasadena and curated a pop-up exhibition space, pLAyLAnd. Her recent exhibitions include LA Contraventions in Germany and Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript ant the EXPO Chicago. 


Selected Exhibitions

☼= Solo Exhibition, ◊= Award 


Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript, EXPO Chicago

Los Angeles Contraventions, Grenzach, Germany

Telephone, Satellite Collective, NY NY


Ten Years Drawn, L2Kontemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Re-Imagining the Arroyo, site specific installation, New Town presentation, Pasadena, CA

Museum of Alternative History, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA


Saints & Sinners, Window installation, BreadWoman Variations; Black & Bread, with Helen Van der Neer & Anna Homler. Antebellum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

WindFisher, with Eli Geiser, Installation in the Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover Utah.


Clay Nation: Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL!, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

pLAyLAnd, curator of pop-up exhibition, Los Angeles, CA


Swarm, Small Works Gallery, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Some Place / Somewhere, Classroom Gallery, Oats Park Arts Center, Fallon, NV


Nada Motel, El Cortez Hotel, Reno, NV     

Selections from Dada Motel, Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, NV


grid/ne(s)t, Indie Collective, Culver City, Los Angeles, CA




Ceramics Art and Perception; Clay with Kitsch Appeal; A Review by Judy Seckler, February 2012. Review of Clay Nation Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.

WindFisher, self-published book with Eli Gieser on temporary outdoor installation.


Some Place / Somewhere, catalog with texts by Kris Vagner and Elaine Parks, published by the Churchill Arts Council.


Podcast on Definitely Not the Opera

Swarm, self-published book about installation of Mormon Crickets.


Ceramics Monthly, Perfect Perforation, by Kris Vagner, September 2008 2000         

Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Daniel Rhodes. Krause Publications Inc. 



1999         M.F.A. Ceramics, California State University, Los Angeles 

1983         B.A. Ceramics, California State University, Northridge



Recent Exhibits

Elaine Parks participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript
Jun, 2014 Los Angeles Contraventions
Galerie Merkel
Dec, 2013 Don't Ask Me Why, XVY!
XVY Art Design
Nov, 2013 Re-Imagining the Arroyo
New Town
Sep, 2013 Telephone, The Satellite Press
Internet Web
May, 2013 Museum of Alternative History
RNG Gallery
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