ART DEPARTMENT

Lorenz-Elaine

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Office:   Power Art Center 124
Phone:   (973) 720-3280
Email:   lorenze@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 - 2:00, Wednesday 4:30 - 5:30, & by appointment

Department: Art
Area Specialization: Ceramics, Sculpture
URL: http://www.elainelorenz.com/

Professor Lorenz’s abstract sculptures have always been inspired by natural forms; large geological formations and the more intimate perception of vegetative growth. Always looking for new materials, Lorenz has worked in such diverse materials as wood, metal, concrete, encaustic over a wire armature and clay, while maintaining an overall view of nature as a dominant source of energy. Her large scale pieces incorporated living plants within a sculptural concrete form. More recent work embodies both the raw, contorted, yet sensual and generative aspects of nature. This body of work sometimes uses found roots, vines and weathered wood, as well as clay forms that examine re-generation, growth and positive energy.

Professor Lorenz was born in the Bronx, NY, and received her B.A. from Marietta College, Ohio and her M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Norwich University. Her solo exhibitions include the Fulcrum Gallery, NY, Bertha Urdang Gallery, NY, the NJ Jersey State Museum in Trenton, 171 Cedar Art Center, Corning, NY, OCCC Center Gallery, Demarest, NJ, Artspace, Richmond, VA, the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, and Artyard, Denver, CO. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and sculpture sites throughout the US among them the Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, The Fredonia Sculpture Project, NY, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, Knoxville Museum, Knoxville, TN, the Montclair Museum, NJ, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, and the International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC. The sculpture of Professor Lorenz is in many private, public and corporate collections ranging from New Jersey, to Texas, Florida, and Alabama.