07: Monkey Mural – Liza Brenner

Completed Location #07

Traders Alley

“26201 Monkey Mural” by Liza Brenner


My favorite time of year in Buckhannon is Spring and Summer. In this mural, I wanted to reflect the careless, happy feeling you have when the weather starts to change and the world starts to come alive again. In my mind, the question arises: riding bikes, hanging out with friends, and being outside – what could be better?

Throughout my work, dynamic historical figures are often set adrift against backdrops of contemporary society, creating a powerful commentary on the predicaments of modern life. Each painting touches on an important person or idea I have recently discovered in my constant need and search for understanding of how the past shapes the present. I choose to create my work in oil paints and mixed media on board, using rough brushstrokes to accent elements of collage and give my art a purposefully childlike quality.


Liza Brenner was born in South Western New York. She received a BFA in Drawing at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University in 2004. She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, and resides in Buckhannon, West Virginia.


2015Gallery on 43rd Street. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Spello Italy Landscapes”
2014Black Sheep Brewery. Charleston, West Virginia: “Series Red”
2013Apartment Earth. Charleston, West Virginia: “Series Red”
2012Espresso a Mano. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Series Noir”
The Bookstore. Buckhannon, West Virginia
Market Bistro. Buckhannon, West Virginia.: “Fishing Around”
2010Fusion. Butler, Pennsylvania: “Recent Work”
2009Michelle’s. Clarion, Pennsylvania: “Paper Herds”
The Fine Arts Center Gallery. Glenville State College, West Virginia: “Paper Herds & Things”
2007The Defoor Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia: “Appetizers”
The Jill Celeste Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia: “Compositions 1-28”
2005Weyers-Sampson Gallery. Thiel College. Greenville, Pennsylvania: “Recent Paintings”
2004Bates Gallery. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania:
Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, “Immortalization of the Chachka”
2002Slaughterhouse Gallery and Studio. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Recent Works”
2000Michelle’s Café. Clarion, Pennsylvania: “Recent Paintings”
Ebenezer’s Gallery Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Cowboys, Flamingos and Housewives”
1998Sanford Gallery. Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, Pennsylvania: “Senior Thesis Show”


2014Galleria D’Arte Michelangelo. Group Exhibition Plein Air. Spello, Italy.
Warm Streets Gallery. Wild, Wacky. Witchy Woman. Lynchburg, Virginia
Esprit de Corps Invitational Exhibition. Nelson Gallery. Lexington, Virginia
Monmoth Museum. 35th Annual Juried Exhibition. Lincoln, New Jersey
Arts Monongahela Gallery. Shady: Our Neighbors the Trees. Morgantown, West Virginia
Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge. Shhhh….Listen! Charleston, West Virginia
Apartment Earth. Charleston, West Virginia. “Earth Day Invitational.”
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “13th Annual Gala & Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Leslie Wright
2013Agora Gallery. Chelsea International Fine Art Juried Competition. New York, New York. Juror:
Anthony Haden-Guest
Open Studio Competition. Volumes 23 and 24. Barbara O’Brien, Executive Director, Kemper
Museum of Contemporary Art
Huntington Museum of Art. A Sense of Place: The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artist Invitational
Nelson Galley. “4th Annual Paint Out Invitational.”. Lexington, West Virginia.
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “12th Annual Gala & Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Lynn Ferris
Apartment Earth. Charleston, West Virginia. “Earth Day Invitational.”
2012Nelson Galley. “3rd Annual Paint Out Invitational.”. Lexington, West Virginia.
9th Annual WV Art & Craft Guild Competition, Parkersburg, WV
Burlingame’s Celebration of the Arts. Sapphire, North Carolina: Group Show
Nelson Gallery. Lexington, Virginia: “13th Feast on This Exhibition”. Juror: Members
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “11th Annual Gala & Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Michael French
Frostburg Museum. Frostburg, Maryland. “Play in the Streets”. Juror: Derek Meeter
2011RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “75th Annual Forest Festival Exhibition”. Juror: Naijun Zhang
Nelson Gallery. Lexington, Virginia: “12th Annual Juried Exhibition”. Juror: Members
Frostburg Museum. Frostburg, Maryland. “Play in the Streets”. Juror: Randall Rhodes
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “10th Annual Gala & Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Jo Gasto
Tamarack. Beckley, West Virginia: “The Best of WV 2011 Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Randall Reed
2010Tamarack. Beckley, West Virginia: “The Best of WV 2010 Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Randall Reed
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “9th Annual Gala & Juried Exhibit”. Juror: Jo Gaston
RCCAC. Elkins, West Virginia: “Women’s Art Juried Exhibition”. Juror: Chica Brunsvold
J. Box. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Group Exhibition”.
2009Upstream People Gallery. Omaha, Nebraska: “10th Anniversary Best of the Best Online International Art Ex”.
2006Upstream People Gallery. Omaha, Nebraska: “8th Annual International Painting & Drawing
Competition”, Juror: Larry Bradshaw.
2005Michelle’s Gallery. Clarion, Pennsylvania: Alumni Show Clarion University of Pennsylvania”, Curated by Kiersten Colvin.
2004Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Amp Group Show”, Juror: Warhol curatorial staff.
2003Rockefeller Center for the Arts. SUNY Fredonia State College, Fredonia, New York: “Great Lakes Emerging Artist Competition”, Juror: Dr. Vicky Clark.
T.W. Wood Gallery. Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont: “Contemporary Drawing Competition”, Juror: Manford Williams.
Trahern Gallery. Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee: “Border to Border National Drawing Comp.”, Juror: Dave Wright.
Moss-Thorns Gallery. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas: “Great Plains National NINTH ANNUAL”, Juror: Ben Strauss.
2002Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. New Castle, Pennsylvania: “Mid-Atlantic Juried Show”,
Juror: Howard Benson.
Montpelier Center for Arts. Montpelier, Virginia: “Celebration of the Arts Annual Juried Exhibit”,
Juror: Christopher Robeers.