American artist Chellis Baird blurs the intersection of painting, sculpture and textiles. Baird explores the elements of painting by reconstructing handwoven canvases from a unique perspective. Her bespoke process begins with woven structures as her base. Each canvas starts with neutral toned materials that are then painted, dyed and sculpted into dimensional brushstrokes. She creates tangled compositions through a series of twists, knots, and upcycled textiles. Baird’s background in fashion allows her to dress the canvas with imagination. Not unlike a garment, she uses color to emphasize the authenticity and body of each piece. Baird received her BFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and studied studio art at the Art Students League in New York City. Born in Spartanburg, SC, Baird now lives and works in New York City. 

Chellis Baird

(b. Spartanburg, SC, 1983)


Rhode Island School of Design - B.F.A. Textiles, Spring 2005

Art Students League of New York - Mixed Media Classes, Workshops 2015-2017

Fashion Institute of Technology - Illustration Courses 2006-2007


2020  Kate Oh Gallery: April 9 - 19th, UES, NY

2019  Meditative Motions, Narthex Gallery: Louise Nevelson Chapel restoration project, Saint Peters, NY, NY

2018 Becoming Encounters, 5-50 Gallery, LIC, NY, Collaboration Performances with Alida Sun 



Re - Purpose: Curated by Trotter & Sholer, three person exhibit, LES, NY

HUE: Curated by Trotter & Sholer, Studio 525 Gallery, Chelsea, NY

These Times Are Racing: Arisohn & Murphy, Highline Nine Galleries, Chelsea, NY

GUT: Female Artists working in mixed media: June 9 - June 24th, Park Slope, BK

Twist & Twine: Paradice Palase Summer Exhibit, ChaShaMa Space, LIC, NY

Materials and Geometries, East End Culture Club, South Hampton, NY / Video:

Tenet Shop, East Hampton, NY

Art on Paper, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT

Twisting Fibers: An Art for All Reasons Exhibition, Art League Rhode Island, RI


Green, Webster Arts, Saint Louis, MO, Juried Exhibition

Temporal Escape: Women of Abstraction, 326 Gallery, NY, NY (Curators: Megan Green & Jenny Mushkin Goldman)

Viridian Artists Gallery, Juried Show by Johanna Burton, of the New Museum, NY, NY

29th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists Gallery, Included in Panel Discussion led by Johanna Burton with 4 artists from Exhibition

Evening Red, summer sunset art party: Lilac Preservation Project by MW Projects, Pier 25, NY

Light, Church of Heavenly Rest on 5th Avenue, NY, NY, Juried Exhibition

Open Studios LIC, Reis Studios Experimental Space, LIC, NY, Curator: Julian Calderon

Abstraction at Large, Site Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Juror: Eleanor Heartney of Art in America

Between the Seam, Woman’s Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juror: Nnenna Okore

Pop-Up On & Off the Wall, First Street Gallery, New York, NY, Juried Exhibition


2017 - 2018 Small Works, Citi De Ford Gallery, LIC, NY, Juried Exhibition

500th Reformation of Lutheran Church, Dance Collaboration with choreographer Roberto Lara, St Peter’s Church, NY, NY

Fear, Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY, Juried Exhibition

Making Connections, Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY, Juried Exhibition

Google Manhattan, NY, NY, Curator: Megan Green

Red Dot Winner for the Concours Del Rosario at Art Students League for painting: The Hunt

Conference Board - British Embassy, Exhibition Outreach NY, NY (10 paintings)

Red Dot Winner for the Concours Winiarski at Art Students League for painting: Blind

Wrath of Rhythm, Con Artist Collective, NY, NY, Juried Exhibition


Group Show at Art Students League Mixed Media, Winiarski

LINEA ASL online catalogue painting featured: Quilt

2014 Dress designs featured in Nordstrom Anniversary Book



2019  Art News: Sammy’s Beach Quote Elaine De Kooning House: Elaine De Kooning

          Arch Digest: An Art Lover’s Guide to the Hamptons This Summer: East End Culture Club 

          Guest Juror for Conception Arts Pop up:

          Save the Loom Art Blog Feature: Instagram @savetheloom

          WoArt Blog Feature: Instagram @WoArt

          Selected for Carla van de Puttelaar project: Women in the Arts:

          Art Net News:

          At Beach Magazine: East End Culture Materials and Geometrics Opening Coverage

2018  Vast and Rook: Interview for Becoming Encounters Exhibition:

  Ante Magazine: Temporal Escape, 326 Gallery, review featured on Ante Magazine by Audra Lambert

2017  Long Island City Arts Commission Instagram: Featured Artist / Day of an Artist, LIC, NY

Art Ruby Blog: Art Ruby for show at Google, NY, NY, Editor: Olga Rei

LINEA ASL online catalogue painting featured: Blind

2016  LINEA ASL online catalogue painting featured: Quilt 

2014  Nordstrom Anniversary Book, Dress Design

2010 Oprah Magazine, Ralph Lauren Dress Design

2006 March issue of Elle, article by Jenny Feldman on textile designs 

2006 Womens Wear Daily, quoted from Premiere Vision article by Daniela Gilbert

2005 New York Times Article Designing as Fast as they Can, by Cathy Horyn

2005 WWD, Featured inspiration collage for Spring 2006 Tuleh Collection


2004 Echo Design Scholarship Recipient

2003 Textron Scholarship Recipient

2001-2003 RISD Scholar


Artist, Chellis Baird, LIC, NY — 2016-Present

Monitor, Art students League, NY, NY — 2017

Senior Designer, Maggy London, NY, NY — 2015

Conceptualized Inspiration for multiple collections, lead design team, Innovative Designs

Designer, Vince Camuto, G-III Apparel, NY, NY — 2015-1016

Designed collection, supervised team and presented collection for sales. Nordstrom Best Dress

Designer, Ralph Lauren, NY, NY 2007-2014

Oversaw all aspects of design, directed fabric development, maintained relations, negotiated prices. Presented and illustrated cohesive collections.

Designer, Tuleh, NY, NY 2005-2007

Executed multiple collections with CEO. Designed shoes, fabric, knitwear with European factories. Head Fabric buyer, attended PV Paris, Collaborated with artists Urs Fischer, Lisa Yuskavage, and Justen Ladda for fabric designs.

Designer, Donna Karan Collection Accessories, NY, NY 2005