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Meet the Makers: Painter and public school art teacher Liana Farmer
How it started: “My art has been a part of my life since I can remember, from when I was in Boston Public Schools and took art classes,” says Farmer, who went to high school at Boston Latin Academy and took art classes on the weekends. In 2013, she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in art education, and a minor in fiber arts.
MassArt “really opened up a world that I didn’t know existed,” she adds. “I remember going to an exhibit at the ICA of Mark Bradford, and he does these amazing pieces that I still to this day am very much inspired by — he uses found material, very textural also. Even though I grew up in Boston and had gone to the ICA and the MFA, I just didn’t know that there were people who were either similar to me or could make art for a living.”