Corliss Chastain's roots are in the Mid-West, where she received her BS from Indiana State University and her MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. She continued her career in Maine as an Artist/Educator with the University of Maine, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, Capital Area Technical Center, and Maranacook High School. In 2014, Corliss relocated to Evansville where she teaches for the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville, for which she is also the Director of UE Art Galleries. Corliss is a Mixed-Media Artist with an international exhibition record and work in private, museum and university collections. She has also received recognition for her work as an Artist and leader in Art Education from institutions that include the Fulbright Foundation, Marie Walsh-Sharpe Foundation, Quimby Foundation, Maine College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, the Maine Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association.