Natural patterns inspire the work of Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen.  Separately Knowles and Thielen have created individual bodies of work over the last 25 years while together engaging in a dynamic verbal dialogue on aesthetics and philosophy.  Resulting from this long-term discourse is our recent collaboration on site-specific outdoor installations.

Born into in a family of naturalists and scientists, near St Louis, MO, Knowles received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She lives and works in New York City.

William Thielen grew up on the plains of South Dakota and received his BS from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD and his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. He lives and works in Carbondale, IL.

Knowles and Thielen’s most recent outdoor site-specific collaborative installation was curated by Karen Wilken for ART IN NATURE at the Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, NJ in 2014. Past collaborative projects include CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD, Chesterwood National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, MA, curated by Glenn Harper, editor of SCULPTURE in 2013.

Knowles’ individual projects include site-specific installations for Bank of America Plaza’s Green Exhibit, Charlotte, NC, the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, Artspace, New Haven, CT, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY NY, Porter Cotemporary, NY, NY, Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory, NY, NY, CURATE NYC, Elisa Contemporary, Bronx, NY, indoor and outdoor sculpture for Governor’s Island, NY, NY (pictured in SCULPTURE), and NYU’s Langone Medical Center.  She has created numerous art installations for the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue pairing her work with Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, and Issey Miyake. Corporate commissions include site-specific paintings for the Galleon Group, NY, NY, and Enclave Capital, NY, NY. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Puffin Foundation, Miami Beach Cultural Council, E. D. Foundation, Artist's Space, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The Millay Colony, Yaddo, and The Banff Centre.


Most recently Thielen has been a visiting artist in the Printmaking department at Southeast Missouri State.  He has lectured and exhibited extensively through out the Midwesr including Western Kentucky University, Missouri State University, Western Illinois University, Southern Indiana University, Eastern Kentucky University and Vincennes University. Numerous grants and awards include National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Illinois Cultural Alliance, Southern Illinois Arts Expansion, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences Purchase Awards, Jo Ritz Memorial Award, Joyce Carlyle Memorial Fund, and The Banff Centre.   Recent exhibitions and site-specific installations include projects for Priscilla Fowler Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV,Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana, Southeast Missouri State, Cape Girardeau, MO, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, TN, Yaiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD and Fern Fair Gallery, Carbondale, IL.