Elizabeth Awalt studied painting at Boston College, where she was later a tenured professor. She received her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Neil Welliver, and later studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She was twice awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as well as artist residencies at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York; The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire and at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has been the recipient of a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship in Painting and an Individual Artist Grant for Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts and has exhibited widely, both nationally and abroad including the Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA; G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., NYC; Samuelis Baumgarte Gallery, Germany; Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA; and the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA. Her work has also appeared in numerous group shows, which have appeared at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut; the Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME., the Concord Art Association, Concord, MA; the Decordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA; the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Orlando Museum of Art, Florida and the Rose Art Museum. Most recently, Awalt participated in the 2019 Havana Biennial in Mantanzas, Cuba, which included five works from her Coral Reef series.