Bio: Elizabeth Grafjales is the Senior Public Art Project Manager for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program. She provides a leadership role in managing the implementation of complex, multi-year public art projects. This includes the integration of art into significant City infastructure, such as freeway pedestrian bridges, landscapes, water plants, police and fire stations, streetscapes, parks and museums. She has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of public and contemporary art, design, landscape architecture and twenty-five years of experience in project and contract management.
Prior to joining the staff, Elizabeth worked as a studio artist exhibiting her large-scale pastel drawings nationally from 1980 to 1990 in galleries and museums. In 1990 she received a commission from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to create a 32’ X 4’ pastel drawing at Bowling Green Subway Station in NYC and her interest in public art was ignited. She returned to school to study ceramics at Parson School of Design so that she could translate her imagery into permanent durable material. In 1992 she started Elizabeth Grajales Architectural Ceramics and received public art commissions from 1992 to 2000. Her ceramic tile work adorns public schools and public spaces in NYC. Her two large-scale ceramic mosaic murals can be seen at Penn Station, 34th Street, NYC.
Her work has always been about nature. In 2001 she changed directions and returned to school to study landscape architecture at City College in NYC, so she could do something for nature. After graduating she worked for the Saratoga Associates in NYC as a designer and construction manager and for Abel Bainnson Butz overseeing their tree-planting program. In 2007 she moved to Phoenix with the opportunity to combine her experience as an artist, work in landscape architecture and project management for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program.
She holds a B.FA. degree from Arizona State University, a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from the City College of New York.