Louisa Chase

Louisa Chase (1951–2016)

American artist Louisa Chase has died. Born in Panama City in 1951, Chase studied art at Syracuse University and the Yale University School of Art, where she earned her master’s degree in fine arts in 1973.

Throughout her career she had solo exhibitions at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin’s Madison Art Center, and Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum. Her work was featured in group exhibitions at the New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art, SFMoMA, LACMA, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Chase’s works can be found in numerous collections including those of the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and the Portland Museum of Art.

“Louisa and I were studio mates our senior year at Syracuse University,” director of Parrish Art Museum, Terrie Sultan, said. “Her joyous approach to working in the studio, coupled with her precocious creativity, made it a pleasure to turn up every day and struggle with the challenge of facing a blank canvas. She was born to be an artist, which she proved over and over.”