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Heather Mae Erickson: Excerpts: 2003 - 2017

Monday, Feb. 26 – Thursday, March 29 

Erickson earned her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She served as a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Mont., and was awarded a Fulbright to study at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, from 2004-2005.  Afterwards, she became a resident artist at the The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and taught at the University of the Arts, Rowan University, and Arcadia University. 

Erickson was awarded an Independence Fellowship for a summer 2009 residency at the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and was the 2009-2012 Robert Chapman Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramic Art at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

In 2012, Erickson moved to Colorado, where she taught at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Mountain College-Aspen Campus and Arapahoe Community College. The following academic year she was a visiting teaching artist/ sabbatical replacement for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Erickson has earned numerous awards, including first place for the Horizon Award, presented by the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and honorable mentions at the Korea Biennale International 2007, 2009, and 2017 exhibitions.  She was awarded an honorable mention in 2016 and juror’s choice for the sculpture category in 2017 in the ArtFields Competition in Lake City, S.C.  

Erickson is currently assistant professor and area coordinator of ceramics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and resides in Sylva/Dillsboro, N.C. Her current solo exhibition, Excerpts 2003-2017, is a 15-year retrospective.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gallery reception: Thursday, March 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Artist Lecture: 11 a.m. – noon
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Edwards 129
Admission: Free and open to the public (no ticket required)