“For nearly twenty years my prairie work, primarily plein air, has been a sustained meditation on open spaces. The power of this place, and my visceral responses to weather and shifts in light, color, and seasons, have been the true subjects of my work.
My work has always been about shifts and the ephemeral. I’m not so much trying to freeze moments in time as much as I am attempting to convey my experience of them. My wish is to share some of what I’ve discovered, offering a new way a seeing these waterways and open prairie spaces that hopefully, ultimately, awakens a new appreciation for them.”
- Lisa Grossman
Born in 1967 in western Pennsylvania, Grossman moved to Kansas City in the late 1980’s, and over the last twenty years established herself as a prominent painter and printmaker of eastern Kansas’s open prairie spaces and river valleys. In more than twenty solo shows in the Midwest and on either coast, Grossman has evolved a luminous and minimalist plein air style, focusing on the horizon and subtle shifts in light and color, weather and season.
Based in Lawrence, Kansas since 1996, Grossman’s work is included in numerous public, private, corporate, and museum collections including the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas; and the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. Grossman has completed several significant commissions including large canvases for the Chiefs Art Program at Arrowhead stadium and the H & R Block Center, both in Kansas City. She was a 2009 recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission’s Mid-Career Fellowship. Grossman earned degrees from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.