Anderson Alley Artists Studios
250 N. Goodman St., Rochester, New York 14607

Elisa Root

Elisa Root

General Information

Painting and Sculpture


First Fridays and by appointment

585 383-9026

Anderson Arts Building
250 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY. 14607


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About the Artist

Artist Statement

For me, the thing about art is expressing an emotion, an idea, or a feeling in a visual way. Sometimes it is with clay or cement or wood, and sometimes two dimensionally on paper or canvas. The joy (or challenge) of converting the idea is what art is for me. My medium of choice is the one that best meets my vision.

Short Biography

Elisa Root works in several mediums, including clay, oil, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media and sculpture.
Elisa paints what inspires her - a figure, a mixture of colors in a landscape, shapes that intrigue her. She paints to release a moods and emotions. Working with clay is visceral and physical and spiritual. Her work is less like perfect pieces displayed on a shelf and more like a favorite pair of sneakers you always turn to because of their dependable function, comfortable size, and earthy spirituality.

Elisa works big. She works with confident color and confident and quick lines. Root's work is fluid and loose and unabashed. Paint strokes, drips, pots adorned with rope, stones, pine needles, stacked pots all are part of her work.


Elisa has a BFA from Frostburg State University of Frostburg, MD and an MST in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She continues to learn and grow by taking workshops and class in all sorts of media including glass blowing, flame work, painting, and pottery/sculpture at Corning Glass Museum, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Snowhill Farm in MA.


Mostly Clay, Pittsford, NY
Craft Company No.6, Rochester, NY

Shows, Exhibitions, Collections

Chautauqua National Juried Show, Chautauqua, NY, Chautauqua Institute, 2008
Wad Clay Juried Show, Pittsburgh, Pa, Wad Gallery, 2006
One Person Show, Rochester, NY, Little Theatre, 2005
Made in NY Juried Show, Auburn, NY, Schweinfurth Gallery, 2004

Examples of the Artist’s Work