Art Addict – Liz Magno


Liz is a relatively new arrival in Berlin, She visited 4 times in the last 5 yrs for 3 months stays and finally got her Visa a year ago. She is a self professed “Art Addict” who enjoys the cultural life here. She mainttains a Studio in Kreuzberg where she draws, paints and works 3 dimensionally. She received her BA at Montclair State University and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and New York University.

Liz has taught Maskmaking to Theater Arts students in 2 Universities in the US: Penn Stste and Kutztown Unversities. She worked with several Theater groups in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania; Selkie Theater, Allentown Public Theater and Touchstone Theater where she was the assistant designer for “Don Quixote de la Bethlehem. This was a Street Theater production that took place in 20 different locations with approximately 200 “actors”. It celebrated the 500 birthday of Don Quixote and imagined him in Bethlehem Pa) today and relating his adventures to present day community and political concerns. The production was well reviewed and was written about in “Theater Arts”, a national Magazine.

Liz was a resident artist at the “Banana Factory”, a Community Art Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she taught a number of Classes to groups ranging from 3 yr olds to Senior Citizens, especially “disadvantaged Youth” and Cancer survivors (both Pediatric and Adult) and their Caregivers.

She participated in the “Arts in Education” program in the Pennsylvania Schools . This program brought Artists into the classroom to work with students to meet specific Educational Objectives. Working with Classroom Teachers, they developed Projects using the Arts to interest and engage students in specific academic subjects. She did several projects with Dr, Pat Pichiotta, the author of the book, “Art as a Way of Learning”. She thinks of her students not necessarily as future artists, if that is going to happen it will, but also sees them benefiting from “Art as a Way of Thinking”