VCAC Foundry Coordinator


Liz Ensz was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs.  She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work has been exhibited nationally, including Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Spaces, Cleveland, OH; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; and Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.  Ensz has been awarded Fellowship Residencies at Salem Art Works, Playa, and Blue Mountain Center, and has been the recipient of The Creative Baltimore Fund Grant, The Gilroy Roberts Fellowship for Engraving, The Edes Fellowship Semi-finalist Prize, and The Gelman Travel Fellowship.

Liz's CV here


Situated in the contemporary American sublime, my work presents a comparative study of the mass-cultural investment in disposability and the human desire to imagine permanence through emblems, monuments, and commemoration.   While disparate intentions inform these impulses - one to remember, and the other to quickly forget - each will materially describe our underlying values and aspirations as individuals and as a society to future generations.   At the heart of my practice lies a determined material engagement, scavenger impulse, and a sincere hope for the rethinking of the valuation of resources, the environment, and living things.