Students of all ages can discover and explore the exciting art of screen printing to create original designs (using stencils) on paper and fabric. Liz Shea-McCoy provides inspiration, screens, squeegees and instruction. In addition, she can offer all the information necessary in the magical process of photo emulsion using students' photographs and/or drawings. Liz also has a passion for public art projects. As a result she can assist in coordinating mini public art projects within schools which encourage and support artistic/aesthetic learning.
Subsequent to earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and Textile Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Liz has taught for over 20 years in conjunction with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Program. In addition, she serves as a visual teaching artist in the Nebraska Rural Teaching Artist Initiative, a program of the Lied Center for Performing Arts (supported by Nebraska’s Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program and the Dana Foundation), as well as for ARTS ARE BASIC, a part of Doane College, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Liz has a rich teaching background which includes serving as a Mentor for the Gifted in Visual Arts for the Lincoln Public Schools; Adjunct Instructor in the area of Fiber, NE Wesleyan University; Private Studio Classes teaching students K – Adult; Bright Lights Summer Enrichment Program, Lincoln, NE; and Surface Design & Advanced Surface Design, Design Essentials, Advanced Design and Color Theory – UNL.
Liz exhibits her work at the Burkholder Project, been published and recognized on local, regional and national levels in a variety of media including textile design, printmaking, photography, painting, collage and assemblage techniques Additionally, she has been extremely active in coordinating community public art projects, including Tour de Lincoln (2003), Star Art: Star City Art Project (Lincoln, NE, 2006), aCross Lincoln (Lincoln, NE, 2008), An Enchanted Arboretum (Nebraska City, 2013) and serves as the Exhibition Coordinator at the County City Building, Lincoln, NE.
Other aspects of community involvement have included service on a number of local boards including Friends of ARTS ARE BASIC (Board President), Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery (Board President), Haydon Art Center (Board President), Hildegard Center for the Arts, Sheldon Museum of Art Board of Trustees (Education Committee Chair), Friends of Lied, Lincoln Arts Council (Board President), Lincoln Children’s Museum (Executive Committee), Abundmusik Lincoln, Lincoln Needleworkers Guild (Board President) and was a participant in Leadership Lincoln XV.
Liz holds a current Nebraska teaching certificate, and her wealth of experience in education, the arts and community service are a vibrant and vital addition to the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools/Communities program.