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Eliza Fernand

Grand Rapids, MI

Eliza Fernand lives and works as a teaching artist in Grand Rapids and beyond. Her large-scale fabric installations act as pedagogical tools and aim to spur conversation about women, disparity, consent, and our past and present struggles. After studying sculpture, video, and performance in Portland, OR, Fernand has led a cross-country career, attending over a dozen artist residencies and directing her own field study of American quilt-making traditions in 2011. Fernand founded and directed the artist residency Shared Space Studio in Pentwater, MI, and acted as residency facilitator and podcast producer for the Have Company artist residency in Grand Rapids, MI. Her upcoming goals include producing a public access TV show and connecting elementary and high school students to critical thinking and contemporary art through extra-curricular programming.