Erika Stearly


Contact Information

erika@erikastearly.com

http://www.erikastearly.com/

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Painting

Artist's Biography

Erika Stearly’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and were featured in exhibitions at both the New Arts Program in Kutztown, PA and the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA, in 2017.

Ms. Stearly is the recipient of several artist grants, most recently through the Puffin Foundation and the Black Rock Arts Foundation for her work with Take a Painting. She participated in Artist Residencies at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and at Penn State University, where she taught painting.

Erika Stearly completed her MFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is represented by Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Artist's Statement

Convinced that contemporary realities are complex enough to sustain multiple approaches to painting, I integrate representational image-making with abstraction’s emphasis on materiality and mark-making to depict the clutter of household objects. As their titles suggest, these paintings depict actual residences, balancing an impulse to faithfully render the objects against the emphasis on the hand of the artist. The coexistence of abstraction and representation, along with the liminal hybrid of the two, serve to orient the viewer, inviting them to construct their own narrative of the scene.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Open House, O’Brien Art Gallery, Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN

2017
Take a Painting, The Alternative Gallery, Allentown, PA

Project Wall, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA

Take a Painting, Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ

2015
This is Where We Used To Live, McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University, Altoona, PA

2014
Take a Painting, Studio B, Boyertown, PA

Take a Painting, Eckhaus, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Take a Painting, Future Tenant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Take a Painting, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

2013
The Great Indoors, Fenetre Gallery, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
(Artist Lecture, July 19, 2013)

Group
2017
C’mon In, The Cohen Gallery, The GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

Untitled, Private Projects, Moonah, Tasmania, Australia

28th Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutzown, PA
(catalogue)

Bound and Unbound IV, University Libraries at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Curator: Eli Show

MLAC Teaching Artist Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Curator: Laurel Razka

The Curious and the Familiar, Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

2016
Transform, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA
Curator: Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka

27th Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutzown, PA (catalogue)

The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
Curator: Theresa Goodman

2015
26th Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA (catalogue)

2014
December Members, Studio B, Boyertown, PA

Untitled, Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, PA

2013
IMAGO, Annex Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Tag, Annex Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Spectrum, Indiana University Museum, Sutton Hall, Indiana, PA
(catalogue)

Interchange, STARTup Incubator Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

Person, Place or Thing, Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

2012
Small Works, TEJAS Gallery, Dayton, OH

Permutations, Annex Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Third Annual Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe, PA
Curator: Joyce Werwie Perry

Coup d’Espace: Palmipsest, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Curators: Steven H. Silberg and Neil C. Jones

Juried Visual Art Exhibition, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Curators: Linda Benedict-Jones, Murray Home, and Michael Olijnyk

Take Our Word For It, University Museum, Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA (catalogue)
Curator: Oliver Herring

Graduate Scholars Forum Art Exhibit, Annex Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Curator: Marie Cochran

2011
Press Draw, L.S. Hoffman Gallery, Munhall, PA

2010
Push It, Temple Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
(catalogue)

2009
Senior Exhibition, Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Curator: Ricardo Viera

Artist's Bibliography

2017
Schira, Ron, “GoggleWorks hosts two exhibits: painting and sculpture,” The Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, April 6, 2017

2016
Stearly, Erika, “Exhibition Essay,” Twenty-Fifth Annual International Invitational Salon of Small Works, The New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, May 2016

2014
Schira, Ron, “Art review: An unpretentious ‘December Members’ show in Boyertown,” The Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, December 25, 2014

Herring, Joshua, “Eckhaus presents ‘Take a Painting’; Erika Stearly set to exhibit her interactive exhibition,” The Keystone, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stearly, Erika, “Take a Painting,” dspace.iup.edu, April 29, 2014

“Studio Visit,” FreshPaintMagazine.com, April 30, 2014

Milliken, Andrew, “Emerging Artists Exhibit Opens Across Campus,” The Penn, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, January 31, 2014

2013
Hotaling, Natalie, “TAG Exhibition celebrates ‘common experiences’ of community,” The Penn, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, April 26, 2013

Professional Experience

2017
Teaching Artist, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Adjunct Instructor,
3D Design, Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ

2016
Mural Training Program, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Artist, The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

2015
Emerging Artist in Residence, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA

2014
Volunteer, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA

2012 - 2014
Editorial Assistant, The Journal of the National Art Education Association (NAEA)

2012 - 2013
Graduate Assistantship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

2011 - 2012
Graduate Assistantship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Affiliations

Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedre, Ponte Vedre, FL

Awards and Honors

2017
Artist Residency, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

Artist Grant, The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ

2016
Artist Residency, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

2014
Travel Grant, Graduate Scholars Forum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Trespass Artist Residency, Future Tenant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Artist Grant, Black Rock Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Professional Development Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Travel Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

2013
Take a Painting, Graduate Student Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Properties of Encaustic Paint and Strategies for Integration with Other Materials, Graduate Student Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Travel Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Individual Artist Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, PA (*forfeited)

Education

2014
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
MFA, Painting and Drawing

2009
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
BFA, Painting