About the Artist: Liz Shea-McCoy

Liz Shea-McCoy is a free-lance designer in Lincoln who earned both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Liz has served as an Artist-in-Residence for the Nebraska Arts Council since 1991. She has been published and won local, regional and national recognition for her work. Liz communicates artistically primarily through printmaking and collage. More recently, she has included assemblage and encaustic techniques in her creative work

Over the years, Liz has been very involved with a number of local boards and community service efforts. As a volunteer, she spearheaded a variety of fundraising efforts for a number of organizations and has a passion for public art projects. Liz was overall Chair for the Lincoln Arts Council's Tour de Lincoln, Lincoln's premier public art project, as well as participated as an artist herself, creating three whimsical bike designs. She also Chaired Star Art - The Star City Art Project 2006 to raise awareness and funds to benefit YWCA Lincoln and once again participated as an artist creating three very fanciful steel sculptures. In 2007- 08, Liz coordinated and participated as an artist in a Cross Lincoln, a public art project celebrating faith through art at First-Plymouth Church. As a teacher and Artist-in-Residence with the Nebraska Arts Council, she has been invited to work with a number of schools statewide in printmaking activities and to conduct their own mini public art projects, either as fundraisers for school or community needs and/or artistic/aesthetic learning

In addition to her teaching and design work, Liz worked to help revitalize the Haydon Gallery into a new and thriving entity, the Haydon Art Center. She is a fellow of Leadership Lincoln XV and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Lincoln Children's Museum.

Artwork Interpretation: "Nature's Elegance"

I have always been inspired by Nature. For that reason, the design I have created for my rain barrel honors the gift of rain and reflects my respect for the spirit and charm of Art Nouveau, a world-wide creative style that made a huge impression on the art world from 1890 until the early part of the 20th century. Art Nouveau's lively, imaginative traits include curving, flowing organic lines, shapes and forms conveying rhythm and energy.

The background for my composition suggests warm, iridescent sunlight on which larger than life, exotic, swirling plants, brilliant colorful flowers and playful, dancing dragonflies are all incorporated. Nature is certainly a synonym for beauty. The sophisticated yet enchanting design serves not only as a work of art but also as a snapshot of the magic and beauty found in the natural environment that surrounds us.