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Liz Egan - Artist and EducatorLiz Egan

'Abstraction with Yellow & Blue,' 2015, acrylic on canvas
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

It is the voyage of challenge and discovery that draws me into a variety of media and materials. What interests me, what catches my eye, what inspires me - it changes all the time. The learning and the process transform me and my work.

I enjoy the process of plein air painting and printmaking. Recently I have immersed myself in the art of stencil silkscreen. I have been using wax paper stencils to build images in a painterly way, discovering what silkscreen can do; having each piece, sometimes each print in these very small editions, take on its own life. In each piece, I am challenged, I learn something, and my voyage continues forward.

- Liz Egan, 2016

BIOGRAPHY

Liz attended Purchase College, majoring in Visual Arts/Painting, and received her B.F.A. in 1981. Liz attended graduate school at Buffalo State College, where she received her MS in Student Personnel Administration in 1991.

Following graduation Liz began what would become a 15-year career in non-profit administration, working in colleges and universities, non-profits, and as an independent arts consultant. Executive Director of WYBC (Yale University); Managing Director of Company One Theater, Hartford, CT; and Art Consultant in the Inner City Cultural Development Program (ICCD), a program of the CT Commission on the Arts, have been some of the positions she has held.

At every point, Liz remained true to her art, drawing and painting for herself, and finding unique opportunities to bring her art to the community. Her many murals in college found their natural evolution in the installation art and set design which she began to do in the early '90s, designing sets for theater and dance productions including Performing Ensemble and the Pedro Alejandro Dance Ensemble. She completed several installations in New Haven, most notably The Garden at Broadway at York Square, a series of 27 banners; Red, Yellow, Blue, a wrap-around mural at Chapel Square Mall; and Grand Avenue Bridge, an intergenerational sculpture project for the 1999 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

In the mid '90s Liz founded her own label of hand-printed fabrics and apparel, Liz Unleashed, which she operated for 10 years. Through Liz Unleashed she created many one-of-a-kind objects d'art as well as wearable art.

Liz has exhibited and won awards throughout the region in solo, group, and juried shows, and is a member of the Clinton Art Society and Madison Art Society.

In 2002, Liz found a new career as an art teacher. She currently teaches art at Westbrook Middle School. She continues to paint, design sets, and make cool stuff.

She is married and lives along the CT Shoreline.

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Liz Egan - Artist and Educator