Ceramics Teaching Artist
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Eliza Fernand sees teaching and engaging with youth as an integrated part of her creative practice. She is excited about reusing discarded materials for art, sharing self-sustaining skills, and creating socially-engaged projects that demystify the practice of artists. She has taught youth art programs since 2001, and has been a guest instructor and lecturer at several colleges. In Grand Rapids, she is a teaching artist at the Cook Arts Center, KCAD, and ArtPrize, where she designs programming to connect students to critical thought by discussing contemporary art. After studying sculpture and photography at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and Pacific Northwest College of Art in Oregon, Eliza pursued artistic opportunities in a nomadic, cross-country career that eventually led her back to Michigan in 2014. Since receiving her BFA in 2006, she has been a resident artist at over a dozen programs across the country and has exhibited her work at galleries and museums. Her recent large-scale fabric installations and patchworks aim to spur conversation about history, women, art, disparity, and consent.