Erin Ethridge is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her work uses systems, hybrids, and inversions to confuse or meld dualistic polarities. Through technology and material poetry, threads from diverse spheres are woven together into absurd objects and kinetic sculptures that visualize transformation, paradox, simultaneity, and interconnectedness. Opposites melt into each other. The sacred is made banal. Inside becomes outside. The process blurs boundaries, commemorates decay, and mythologizes memory.

Erin is also one half of Thorn, a collaborative partnership with Colleen Marie Foley. Thorn questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory, and body. Viewing these as fundamentally fluid in nature, Thorn strives to embody that mutability. As long-distance friends and work partners, Erin and Colleen take their own relationship as subject and tool, negotiating separation and intimacy in pursuit of their limits. By envisioning permeable boundaries of self and space, Thorn works to distinguish between empowerment and invulnerability.

Erin received her MFA in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler.She has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Iceland, Australia, and Italy, and has been awarded the Brancato Award by VAE Creativity Incubator and the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center. She is a full-time lecturer at Appalachian State University where she teaches in sculpture, foundations, and general education.

 

Erin Ethridge

Curriculum Vitae

erinethridge.com  / erinethridge@gmail.com / 903-805-2456

 

Education

2016 M.F.A., Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, School of Art and Design, New
            York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

2014 B.F.A., University of Texas at Tyler

  

Residencies / Abroad Study

2015 Fjuk Arts Center Residency, Husavik, Iceland

2011 Printmaking Summer Abroad Program, Santa Reparata International

School of Art, University of Nebraska Lincoln; Florence, Italy

2010 Certificate of Visual Arts, C3 College; Sydney, Australia

 

Teaching Experience

Appalachian State University

Art for Social Change (Fall 2018)

Performative Objects (Spring 2018)

Foundations II (Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018)

Intro to Studio Art: Fabricating Fictions (Spring 2017)

           

Alfred University

Intro to Sculpture (Fall 2016)

Foundations: Studio Make (Fall 2016)

Issues and Debates in Contemporary Art, Discussion Section (Fall 2016)

Beginning Sculpture for Non-Art Majors (Spring 2016)

Teaching Assistant, Art and Ecology (Fall 2015)

Teaching Assistant, Light and Mixed Media (Spring 2015)

Teaching Assistant, Foundations: Studio Research (Fall 2014)

 

Professional Experience

2018 Juror, Juried Student Exhibition, Tyler Junior College  

2017 - 2018 Lap Operations Assistant Manager, Appalachian State University

2015 Resident Assistant to Ann Carlson, School of Art and Design, Alfred University

2013 Administration Assistant, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Tyler

Curatorial Assistant, Meadows Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Tyler

2012  Demonstration Assistant, New Student Workshop, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Tyler

 

Exhibitions / Performances

2018  Feedback: Alumni Invitational, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Wide Open 9 Juried Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

31st Annual Women’s Works Juried Show, Old Court House Arts Center, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL

Drawing Ghosts, Solo Show, Lacuna Gallery Project Space, Minneapolis, MN

Faculty Biennale, Turchin Center For The Visual Arts / Smith Gallery, Boone, NC

2017  SCOPE ’17 – Landscapes of the South, VAE Creativity Incubator and Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Appalachian House Juried Exhibition, Boone, NC

2016  Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Decreation MFA, Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY

2015  A Gulf Between Words, Performance by Thorn Collaborative, Cube, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

No Ice Cream Without Cow Shit Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

Line to Ligature Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

Open Studios, Die Into the Hills by Thorn Collaborative, Fjuk Art Center, Husavik, Iceland

We are Always Younger Than the Future, Threshold by Thorn Collaborative, Holmes Auditorium, Alfred, NY

31st Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler

2014 Material Matters, Juried Exhibition, WOCA Projects, Fort Worth, TX     

Juried Exhibition Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler                     

SLOW CHANGE Fine Arts Complex Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler

10th Annual Diamond National Art Competition, Hot Springs, AR

2013 Student Discount Juried Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Charting Ambiguity, University of Texas at Tyler

6x6@110 Gallery Main, Tyler, TX

Celebration of the Goddess, Apex Theatre 20, Tyler, TX

Juried Exhibition Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler

2012 Coffin Shop Group Exhibition, Tyler, TX

Juried Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler

Downtown Tyler Art Walk, Tyler, TX

2011 Symposium University of Texas at Tyler

2010 Jars Exhibition of First Year Work, C3 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

Honors and Awards

2017   The Brancato Award – First Place VAE Creativity Incubator and Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2016   Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award International Sculpture Center

2014   Third Place 10th Annual Diamond National Art Competition, Hot Springs, AR

Nominated for ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture by Professor Dewane Hughes, U.T.Tyler 

Art Talent Scholarship U.T.Tyler

President’s List U.T.Tyler 

2013   Nominated for ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture by Professor Dewane Hughes, U.T.Tyler 

First Place in 2D Work Juried Exhibition U.T.Tyler

Art Talent Scholarship U.T.Tyler

President’s List U.T.Tyler 

2012  Honorable Mention Juried Exhibition U.T.Tyler

Art Talent Scholarship U.T.Tyler

President’s List U.T.Tyler 

2011   Art Talent Scholarship U.T.Tyler

President’s List U.T.Tyler 

2009   Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Tyler Junior College

 

Publications

2016  Sculpture Magazine, October Issue

2013  Patriot Talon, October Issue

IN Magazine, Local Artist Feature: Erin Ethridge, March Issue

2010  Belltower Arts Journal, May Issue

 

Professional Organizations

2013 - 2018   International Sculpture Center, Member

2012 - 2014   NCECA, Member