Liz Bannish is the Studio Manager and Collaborative Printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Among her duties, Liz provides studio maintenance and works with artists and students to develop their work and produce fine editions of printed art.
Her personal work spans the media of sustainable and traditional printmaking and includes relief, etching, lithography, and alternative photography. Writes Liz of her images: “Marine themes come up in my work because the ocean is why we are here. I find it a feasting ground for metaphors on the human condition. Sometimes the creatures and the sea represent themselves in their own fishy glory, and other times I am using them to scrutinize the systems of oppression and destruction that we human are the actors in. Fables, feminism, and 20th century aesthetics run through most of it.”
Liz earned her BFA in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011, winning 2nd best in show in her class for her senior thesis.
Afterward, she served as an intern for Zea Mays Printmaking, bringing their research in non-toxic printmaking to SGC San Francisco in 2013.
She served as Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years, running their printmaking studio, letterpress studio, photo darkrooms, and OSHA compliance programs.
Liz has trained with masters Barry Moser (Pennyroyal Press), Peter Pettengill (Wingate Studios), and Liz Chalfin (Zea Mays Printmaking).