Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth "Lilly" Dlugosz
Drawing & Painting Instructor
Community Arts
Degrees & Accomplishments
BFA in Visual Arts (in progress), Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
Minors in Education and Psychology, Rutgers University
Art History Gold Award Recipient, Girl Scouts of the USA

Born in Brick, NJ, Elizabeth Dlugosz grew up in an artistic household on the Jersey Shore. She was introduced to art making at a young age while working for her family’s small henna tattoo body art and face-painting business. Her appreciation for engaging in artistic experiences with the public led Elizabeth to begin teaching paint parties in 2018. Elizabeth has refined skills in painting, drawing, logo design, illustration, animation, large-scale murals, and tattoo design.

Elizabeth works with contemporary realism and paints impressions of moments that represent an outward appearance of a time and place as well as its inward significance. Elizabeth is interested in the mundane, relatable, daily activities of life and the passing of time. She explores the concept of what we do when there is nothing else to do and how the psychological effects of Covid-19 and living through a pandemic are present. Her informal portraits of figures trapped inside their personal interiors show them existing and occupying space through moments of forced leisure. They are glimpses into what her family’s everyday life had been like through moments that symbolize the passing of time as they face an internal conflict- are they immobilized from stress or enjoying their time lounging in captivity? The moments she chooses to depict are often displacement activities within familiar domestic spaces where she witnessed her family spending the most time in quarantine.