Elizabeth Awalt grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Boston to attend Boston College where she studied Fine Arts. She returned there after graduation to teach, ultimately achieving tenured professor status. She received her MFA degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by several fellowships including the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony. She is a recipient of a Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Painting, and an Individual Artist Grant in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The artist has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Danforth Museum, Clark Gallery, Soprafina Gallery, and Thomas Segal Gallery. In New York she was represented by the GW Einstein Gallery and is currently represented by Caldbeck Gallery and Turtle Gallery in Maine. Group exhibitions in which her work was selected to appear include the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT), DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), and the McMullen Museum of Art (Boston). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Danforth, DeCordova, Rose, Snite, and McMullen Art Museums, and in corporate collections nationwide.