Nizette Brennan began stone carving while in college and continued her working on the Greek islands of Naxos and Parosusing locally quarried marble. Michelangelo’s letters led Nizette to Pietrasanta, Italy, where she had her studio for four years, during which time she worked alongside other sculptors from all over the world, including the preeminent Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi. Isamu invited Nizette to work at hisLong Island City studio and at the Noguchi Garden Museum. She continued creating her own sculpture as well, and in 1982 Louise Nevelson presented Nizette with the Sculpture Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in NYC. Finally returning to Washington DC after a decade, Nizette became affiliated with the sculptors and master masons of the National Cathedral. She maintained a productive studio at the Cathedral stone yard for the next two decades while she created numerous site-specific sculpture gardens, fountains, plazas and other private and public art. In 1992, the Art-in-Architecture Program of the US General Services Administration awarded Nizette a coveted commission at the federal building inKnoxville, Tennessee. The sculptor exhibited for many years at the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington DC and continues to show nationally and internationally. Most recently, the city of Reston, VA selected the sculptor to present a public art proposal for their new Government Center. Throughout her career, she has also been an active advocate for the arts and an innovative educator.
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