Liana Agnew was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BFA in Ceramics and a BS in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She has exhibited nationally in galleries such as the Lux Center for the Arts, Morean Art Center, the Erie Art Museum, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Red Star Studios, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, the Milwaukee Institute of Art, and more.
Currently, Liana lives in Brockway, PA where she works as the Youth and Arts Coordinator and Teaching Artist in ceramics at the non-profit organization Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT). Liana is responsible for teaching and mentoring high school youths in the after-school art program, coordinating with various school districts for in-school and community based project, and manages the ceramics artist-in-residence program. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership program at Robert Morris University and expected to graduate this spring.
For information on the BCAT artist in residence program click here.
As a potter, functional wares provide me with a sense of human connection between what I make and the people that use them. Subtle textures and images wrap around the surface referencing the tranquility found in nature. The species of trees are carefully considered for each piece, focusing on the structure and shape of the leaf. Trees experience symbiotic relationships with other living organisms in close physical association. I feel humans too experience this interconnectedness often impacting one another at both conscious and subconscious levels.