Tina Lazzarine received her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2013. In 2006 she graduated summa cum laude from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Art History and a BFA in Metal Design.
Inspired by nature, Lazzarine fabricates organic forms that often reference cyclic growth, whether it is in familial relationships or the continual self-discovery that occurs in one’s own becoming. Her method of working intuitively gives her work an inherently natural adaptive quality, reinforcing the idea of an evolutionary process. While designating herself as a metalsmith, she has recently found herself exploring textiles and discovering its potency as an art form, giving the domestic sewing skills she was taught at an early age a new dimension.
A Niche Student Award Winner (2006), Lazzarine exhibits her work nationally and images of her enamel work were part of The Latest in Contemporary Enameling slide lectures by Mary Chuduk in Istanbul, Turkey and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. In 2013, her piece Medusa was awarded the 56th National Juried Art Show Acquisition Award and is now part of the permanent collection of the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. Her work is included in I do, Do I?, a traveling exhibition curated by Nicole Jacquard, and is featured in Lark Books Heat, Color, Set, and Fire by Mary Hettmansperger. Lazzarine has curated national and international exhibitions including A Life, Still at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In Pennsylvania she taught at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and in North Carolina she taught at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, East Carolina University, Edgecombe Community College, and Pocosin Arts where she now resides in the nature abundant town of Columbia.