Student Spotlight: Liz Wierzbicki
While Liz Wierzbicki was finishing her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and fine art from Augustana College, she decided to pursue a career in art.
“When I graduated, I was looking for opportunities that would further develop my artistic practice,” she said. “I took lithography with Chuck (Boone) at College of DuPage and fell in love with printmaking, and that led me to develop a body of artwork utilizing printmaking.”
Although she had never taken a printmaking class before, she thrived in her courses at COD.
“There is a great group of printmakers who take courses at COD to use the facilities to print. Not only was Chuck a great resource for learning about printmaking, but the seasoned print students who continually use the print shop were also influential in my development,” she said.
Wierzbicki sought other opportunities to expand her printmaking and artistic practice. She took a solar plate printmaking workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine; studied intaglio and silkscreen at SACI in Florence, Italy; and was selected for a winter residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where she worked with Master Printmaker Erika Adams.
Having developed a strong portfolio of work, Wierzbicki applied to graduate school and had three institutions pursuing her before she selected Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.
“My work has since moved away from traditional printmaking into sculpture and video, but printmaking still influences my process,” she said. “At Herron, I had the opportunity to teach lithography and work in the school galleries, and my artwork so far has been exhibited nationally and internationally.”
Wierzbicki graduated from Herron with an MFA and currently is an adjunct professor in the Foundations Department at Herron. She is also a visiting instructor in printmaking at Purdue University. In 2015, she completed an artist residency and had an exhibition at D’Clinic Studios in Slovenia (now located in Hungary).
She is one of the three founders and currently one of the directors for Cat Head Press, a printshop and artistic cooperative.
Wierzbicki is happy with the instruction she received at College of DuPage and encourages young artists to make as many connections as possible.
“Take advantage of the vast opportunities out there to grow artistically: residencies, workshops, classes and study abroad,” she said. “I could not have navigated my way to where I am in my art career without the mentorship and advice of others.”
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