About Liz Renee

Liz Renee (Lisabeth Renee), MFA, PhD, is the co-owner and design director of Nartique Glass located in Casselberry, FL.  She is a lifelong professional artist and art educator. During the last 15 years, she has been focused primarily on working in glass.  Her art draws upon universal elements of the human condition, which she expresses through glass casting and pate de verre techniques, often combined with mixed media assemblage.  She also collaborates with her husband, John Witanowski to create a commercial line:  Nartique Glass Studio Works and Nartique Unique Artisan Glass.


Liz obtained her early formal art training at SUNY Buffalo, The Art Students' League and Parson's New School for Social Research in New York City. She received her MFA in sculpture at Long Island University. Her doctorate in Aesthetics and Art Education was earned at the University of Central Florida.


During her career, Liz has lectured and taught, primarily in NY and Florida, at various colleges and universities. She was an assistant professor in the Fine Arts Foundation Program at Long Island University, CW Post Campus in Greenvale, NY; instructed all levels of drawing at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL; was the Coordinator of Art Education at the University of Central Florida; and taught Art and Humanities at Valencia Community College, while maintaining the position of Art Gallery Director on their West Campus in Orlando.  She currently teaches internationally, by request, at glass studios and events. 


Liz Renee's art has been exhibited extensively in Florida, New York, and in the U.K.  Her work has been included in juried and solo exhibitions in museums & galleries, as well as, national & international museum exhibitions.


Liz has edited and published a number of articles in educational art journals, and has also published a book on the Aesthetic Experience, entitled, "The Phenomenological Significance of Aesthetic Communion", (1996).  She has received numerous awards and grants for her art and her innovative teaching programs. On the internet, Liz currently serves as co-moderator for the Glass Secessionist Forum on Facebook, curates and directs the Glass Artist Exchange, International Festival of Glass and publishes a Scoop-it blog, "Nartique Art Glass News"


Liz is happiest when creating art. Her greatest pleasure is working with all forms of glass and inspiring others to make and appreciate the beauty of glass and the wonder of art!  When not working in her studio, she can be found sailing Florida's Gulf Coast and the Keys with John, and their shipboard Border Terrier companion, Painter, on the Endeavour sloop, Obsession.