About

Elizabeth Rennie studio

Elizabeth (Liz) Rennie is an emerging mixed media painter and UX designer based in her hometown Lawrence, Massachusetts. Focusing on the documentation of human experiences and emotions, her work allows her to explore the relationships between color, material, and physical environments.

Liz attended Suffolk University, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design, and recently received her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University. She currently exhibits her work in local galleries in the Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley area and actively participates in Lawrence’s artistic community. Her work is the recipient of awards in exhibitions including the 2021 ART Off the Wall by the Brookline Arts Center and the 2021 Emerging Artists Exhibition by the Cambridge Arts Association.

While art-making is the focal point of Liz’s interests, in her spare time she also enjoys collecting vinyl’s, listening to DIY punk bands, and overindulging in coffee and burritos.

Artist Statement

My mixed media painting practice explores the complex relationships between body, mind, and physical spaces. More specifically, my work enables me to confront my struggles with Panic Disorder – a condition in which one structures their life in particular ways to mitigate a constant state of panic and anxiety. Turmoil and instability are focal points of my private and public life, thus prompting me to reflect on how I use my artistic practice to impose order on an otherwise disordered world.

Employing various everyday materials and vibrant pigments, I construct large-scale installations and assemblages that occupy interior spaces. In doing so, I explore different ways to represent and structure my lived experiences. By utilizing physical spaces – such as domestic environments – as the context for my work, I evoke the conflicting sense of order and disorder that I experience daily, creating works and spaces that evoke a sense of tension and discomfort that can arise when our bodies and minds are at odds with our ourselves and our surroundings.

Lesley MFA Artist Talk

CV

Born: 1993, Lawrence, MA
Lives and Works: Lawrence, MA & San Diego, CA

EDUCATION
2023   MFA in Visual Arts, Lesley University
2016   BFA Cum Laude, Graphic Design, Suffolk University

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021   Renovation, Kured, Boston, MA
2018   Color Conversations, El Taller, Lawrence, MA (Catalog)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023   Submerge, Bells Gallery, Dothan, AL (Upcoming)
2023   Lesley MFA Graduation Show, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (Catalog Cover)
2021   Emerson Contemporary Annual, Juried Exhibition, Emerson College, Boston, MA (Catalog)
2021   Now in Technicolor, Juried Exhibition, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
2021   Grand Reopening, Juried Exhibition, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2021   Emerging Artists, Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2021   ConTEXT, Juried Exhibition, Art Fluent, Online
2021   ART Off the Wall, Juried Exhibition, Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
2020   Members Prize Show, Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2020   Broken Beauty, Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2019   BLUE, Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2019   Mary Schein Fall Salon, Group Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2019   SPECTRUM, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2019   El Taller, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2018   Free Point Hotel, Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2018   Open Studios, Island Street Studios, Lawrence, MA

HONORS/SCHOLARSHIPS
2021   Staff Pick, Now in Technicolor, ArtsWorcester
2021   Juror’s Choice Award, Emerging Artist, Cambridge Art Association
2021   3rd Place Prize, ART Off the Wall, Juried Exhibition, Brookline Arts Center
2021   MFA Dean’s Scholarship, Lesley University 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2021   “Renovation Collection” Kured, December, 2021,
https://www.kured.co/elizabeth-rennie-exclusive-collection
2021   @emersoncontemporary,  I: An Intimate Reflection, Instagram, November 10, 2021,
www.instagram.com/p/CWUXqDQlG4E/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
2019   “Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Rennie” Cambridge Art Association. July 17, 2019,
https://www.cambridgeart.org/member-spotlight-30/
2019   “Meet Elizabeth Rennie” Boston Voyager Magazine. January 25th, 2019,
bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-elizabeth-rennie-art-lawrence-macambridge-ma/