Elaine Buss grew up in rural Lively Grove, Illinois in a wide-open space populated by fields and gardens. She holds a BFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Elaine has received many awards and grants, including the Global Gateway Grant from Ohio State University and an ArtistInc Fellowship from the Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri. She has completed many residencies, including Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville, North Carolina and c.r.e.t.a.Rome in Rome, Italy. Her thesis exhibition, Wander | Wonder, was awarded Best in Show in the International MFA Exhibition hosted by University of Montana. She lives with her favorite human and two fluffy cats in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is currently a Career Resident at Belger Crane Yard Studios.