Louisa Chase was born in Panama City, Panama in 1951. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1973 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1975. She has used an unusually broad array of print media working with specialized print publishing studios. In the mid-1980s, she combined mediums such as etching, aquatint and linoleum cut to create abstract works and came to prominence in the 1980's as one of the outstanding Neo-Expressionist painters. Her work then was characterized by bold colors and brush strokes, often incorporating natural elements and fragments of the figure. Louisa Chase's works have been featured in gallery and museum shows in Cologne, Nurnberg, Luzem, Switzerland, Toronto, and Tokyo, and various galleries and museums throughout the US. She has also been featured at the American Pavillion at the 1984 Venice Biennale. Also in 1984, the Institute of Contemprary Art in Boston organized as travelling exhibition of her work. In 1997, the Madison Art Center organized a retrospective of her prints, Louisa Chase: Prints, 1981-1996. She has been a featured artist at the University of Wisconsin's Tandem Press and at the Tamarind Press; ahw was alos invited to do a print for Lincoln Center in New York City. She has also been awarded two grants by the National Endowment for the Arts. Chase's works are in the permanent collections of such museum as The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, (New York), The Brooklyn Museum of Arts, The Corcoran Gallery and The Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Elvehjem Museum of Art and the Madison Art Center (Madison WI).