Elizabeth Panzer began college as an Architecture and Design student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While there, she was drawn to explore photography and photo-graphics, emphasizing the design area of her major.
The next chapter in her life was devoted to playing harp, specializing in new and contemporary music. She earned Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees studying with the legendary harpist Lucile Lawrence, and after graduation, created the not-for-profit organization Zounds!, Inc. for the purpose of commissioning and performing new and avant-garde chamber music that included harp. She worked closely with many composers including Eliot Carter, John Cage, George Crumb and Richard Einhorn. Elizabeth also pursued her interest in improvisation, and has performed with many outstanding jazz and rock musicians including Reggie Workman and Lawrence "Butch" Morris.
In 1998, Elizabeth moved to the Hudson Valley to re-invent herself yet again. Her life in the country began with teaching and performing, and has grown to include hiking, gardening and making art. The Catskill Mountains have been an unexpected inspiration to her, both aurally and visually. The sounds of birds, frogs, water and insects have opened her ears to a cacophony much more subtle than that of the City. And the drama of light as it changes throughout the day and the seasons brought a new appreciation for the natural world.
In 2012, she got her first DSLR and turned back to the study of photography at SUNY Ulster. While there, her work was featured in SUNY Student Art Exhibition: Spring 2014, an exhibition of selected student work by art majors throughout the SUNY system. Guided by a natural curiosity, Elizabeth has worked as an intern at the Center for Photography in Woodstock (2014) and taken classes at the International Center for Photography in New York City.
Recently, Elizabeth has turned to working with a scanner to capture images. Her work has been featured in shows throughout the United States.