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 body of work allows her to explore the relationships between color, material, space, and typography.

Liz attended Suffolk University, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design (2016), and is pursuing an 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 everyday human experiences and emotions, particularly within matters of identity and mental health. Regularly, whether due to matters associated with my biracial background, struggles with mental health, or my social and economic upbringing, I have experienced feelings of displacement and otherness that I strive to piece together in my works. Through an assortment of materials and media – paint, cardboard, shower rods, t-shirts, windows – I discover different means to reconstruct and convey my understanding of my lived experiences. The distinctive textures, shapes, and marks all work together to create one interconnected reality. I interpret these materials and structures as instances of real life, whether literally or figuratively, creating a moment that can be entered, experienced and effortlessly digestible to the individual viewer. These works take on their own level of meaning and associations for the spectator, further adding to the depth and layers of personal narrative.


CV

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

EDUCATION
2023   MFA in Visual Arts, Lesley University (Pending)
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
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/