Elizabeth Bisbing

1993

Painting

I transferred to Moore during my junior year of college after realizing I wanted to attend an all-women’s college.

I spent two years at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, which went entirely coed in 2003. At the time I was there, there were several men taking classes in the small art department.

Despite the fact that I was very strong in the art department, the male students would get much of the attention. I’m not a very assertive person. I would sit there quietly. At Moore, the women accepted me. Your peers were ‘really’ your peers and there were no men to worry about.

I was a non-traditional student who majored in Painting. I graduated from Moore when I was in my 30s. I then earned my MFA from Vermont College in 2002.

I would have liked it if my whole education had been at a woman’s college. I was always a good student but I never got a pat on the back [until I came to Moore.]… Moore was a very comfortable environment. I knew that I’d be able to work there and grow as an artist, and I did.

Today, I live in New York City, where I’m a working artist and painter. I also teach art and cultural studies part-time at Farleigh Dickinson University. I exhibit work at the Soho20 Gallery, a women’s cooperative that opened during the 1970s Feminist art movement.

In addition to painting, I recently began doing animation and performance art. My animations are of myself as a little paper doll who has many adventures. I’m a Feminist and my work is very much about women. My head is in that space.

Through my education at Moore, I learned to be more vocal because I didn’t have to work as hard to get my voice heard. I also learned practical skills, like how to build a resume and approach galleries with work.

It enabled me to be this working artist that I am today. Moore creates strong women artists. We’re taught that. And we help each other do that.