For all 10 of the years she attended The Country School, Whitney Lorenze '10 savored her time in the art studio. Even so, she never imagined she'd find herself working as a professional artist.
That will change next month, when Whitney receives her BFA in Drawing from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. After graduation, this Connecticut-based painter, printmaker and draftswoman plans to teach painting to Middle Schoolers before moving to Vermont, where she will serve as a studio assistant to painter Richard Jacobs. She then plans to pursue her MFA degree in painting.
We caught up with Whitney after seeing her stunning paintings now on display at the Lyme Academy College as part of its BFA Thesis Exhibition. We asked her when she decided to pursue a career in the arts. Here was her response:
I have always loved making art, and I can confidently attribute a lot of that adoration to having been in Mr. A’s classes. For my entire 10 years at TCS, being in art class was always as serious a part of the school day as being in Physics or Algebra. However, I didn’t always think I would grow up to become an artist myself. I think that realization hit me when I was able to recognize that the kinds of challenges creating artwork presented me with every day were ones that I had endless motivation to overcome. Making art consistently pushes me out of my comfort zone, and allowing myself to exist in that space never fails to be deeply rewarding. Now, I really can’t imagine doing anything else.
Whitney has certainly excelled at the Lyme Academy College, where she has been the recipient of two merit-based scholarships and was selected in 2017 to work as the Printmaking Studio Technician, a position offered annually to one student. She was also asked to co-curate an exhibition in the University of New Haven’s Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion in celebration of Women’s History Month, and in 2018 she was chosen to represent her BFA program in the Main Exhibition Gallery of CWOS in New Haven, CT. Through her work with Shoreline Arts Alliance, she has served as both Juror and Curator for the organization’s Exhibition and Scholarship competition Future Choices for the past two years, and was a Juror on the Visual Arts panel for their Top Talent Scholarship competition in 2018. Whitney also participated in a group pop-up exhibition at Marquee Gallery in New London this past March. This summer, she will be teaching Middle School students at both the Lyme Academy AND The Country School. Learn more and register for the latter at
For more about Whitney and her work, go to https://whitney-lorenze.com. See her work on display at the Lyme Academy in Old Lyme through May 17. Or keep your eyes peeled — we imagine we will be seeing a lot more from this talented young artist!
Whitney's work on display at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.