Erin Coleman-Cruz

 
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Education

2008

MFA, Studio Art (Sculpture), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

2002

BA, Art Education, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.
Indiana State Teaching License: K-12, Visual Art. 2003-2013.

 

Exhibitions

2012

Westminster College Art Crawl and Exhibition. Salt Lake City, UT. October 22-November 20.

 

Utah ’12: “Craft and Photography”. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. October 19-November 30. Jurors Stephano Catalani, Mary Anne Redding(catalogue).

 

Confluence: New Works. Unhinged SLC, Salt Lake City, UT. August 10-September 7.

2011

Utah ’11: “Painting and Sculpture”. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. October 21-November 23. Jurors Ivar Zeile, Julia Latane (catalogue).

 

Retrofitting the Pubis: A Prospectus for Re-envisioning the Twenty-First Century Merkin. UCLA Queer Fashion Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 15. Performance with Bianca McGraw.

 

Ethnography of Loveamor. Exhibit and Convivio, Mestizo Coffeehouse and Gallery. Salt Lake City, UT. September 12-October 14. Curators Silvia Patricia Solis, Juan José Garcia.

 

Traveling Group Cross Cultural Art Show. Sim Art Studio, Penang, Malaysia. June 24. Curator Siew Lian Lim.

 

I’m thinking of changing my smile. Dole Mansion and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL. June 3-24. Collaborative installation with Christina Gregor.

 

Revolting: Bodies, Politics, and Genders. Lesbian Lives Conference. University of Brighton, UK. February 11-12. Merkeyna Coif Boutique Installation.

 

Faculty Biennial. McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL. January 21-February 28.

 

In/visible. Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL. January 25-March 11. Guest curation of artifacts.

2010

Cultural Expresso. Residential Life Programming, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. November 11.

 

Merkeyna Coif Boutique. Middlewest Fest, DeKalb, IL, September 11.
Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago, IL. October 2-3.

 

Flood the Luminous Body. Gallery One, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL, June21-July 16. Solo Exhibition.

 

Pushing the Limit. Artspace, Richmond, VA, May 20-June 20, 2010. Group Exhibition.

2009

Regional Juried Exhibition VI. Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, November 7, 2009-January 9, 2010. Juror David Menard.

 

Flood the Luminous Body. Bethel College, North Newton, KS, November 6-December 11. Solo Exhibition.

 

Merkeyna Coif Boutique.Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago, IL. October 2-3, Performance.

 

Between the Tears I See: A Journey of Hope-seeking.Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan, MI, May 3-30. Solo exhibition.

 

Material Afterlife. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. April 9-August 9. Group Invitational.

 

International Fiber Collaborative Tree Project. Big Springs International Park, Huntsville, AL, April 2009. Curated by artist Jennifer Marsh. http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/html/gallery5.html

 

Hairotics. Hairotic Gallery, Stephenson Hall, DeKalb, IL, April 24. Performance choreographed and curated by artist Bianca McGraw.

 

Sexy: An Art Show. Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL, March 5. Curated by Karen Brown.

 

Pinned-up. 214 Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Jan. 20-31.

 

Raveling Mercies, Mercy Seat, Minneapolis, MN. Fibers Group Exhibition. Dec. 15, 2008-Jan. 30, 2009.

2008

Merkeyna Coif Boutique. Performance and curation of exhibition with collaborator Bianca McGraw. Northern Illinois University Women’s Resource Center, DeKalb, IL, November 18-21.

 

Jordan Buscher and Erin Coleman-Cruz. Solo exhibitions at Hershberger Art Gallery, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, October 17-November 16.

 

The Threshold Project. Multiple locations, including Stevenson Hall, Northern Illinois University, September. Ongoing performance art piece with collaborator Bianca McGraw.

 

Zombies: Their History in Visual Culture. 214 Gallery, DeKalb, IL, Oct 15-24.

 

Frayed. BadDog Gallery, DeKalb, IL, group exhibition, October 16.

 

Fiber Nine.Prairie State Community College Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, October 14-November 6, juror Christine LoFaso.

 

Mountain: A Force of Faketure, curated by Gabriel Akagawa. Collaborative outdoor installation with Bradley Cahill, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL, group exhibition, Aug. 14-Oct. 31.

 

Pile-Up: NIU.MFA.2008: Selected works of Graduating MFA candidates at Northern Illinois University Group Show. Chicago Arts District, Chicago, IL, May 3-30, (print and DVD catalogue).

 

When all our walls are full. Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 31-April 5. Solo MFA Thesis Exhibition.

 

Unpacked/Offset. Altgeld Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 27-May 10, collaborative exhibition with artist and curator Gabriel Akagawa.

 

Get it While It’s Hot!214 Gallery, DeKalb, IL, group exhibition and sale, February 11-15.

2007

Want Fries With That? Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL, group exhibition, Dec. 5.

 

Graduate Art Association Second Annual Juried Show. Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, November, juror Tim Lowly.

 

Arte de Descartes VII. Stables Gallery, Taos, NM, August 25-September 8, jurors Ed Larson, Tom Noble, Maye Torres.

 

Marked/Unmarked. 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. June 4-8. Group exhibition.

 

Juried Graduate Art Exhibition. Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, April 13-26, juror Adelheid Mers (catalogue).

 

Ars Nova Juried Exhibition. Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 22-April 6, juror Cam Choy.

 

Conception: A Show Addressing Women’s Issues. Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL, group exhibition, March 6-21.

 

Message Sent. 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Jan. 22-26. Group exhibition.

2006

Sculpture Open House. 1632 Gallery, DeKalb, IL, December. Group exhibition.

 

No. 9 Presents: Breaking Ground. No. 9 Design Architectural Firm, Elmhurst, IL, Nov.-Dec. Group exhibition,

 

GAA Group Show. Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL, Nov. 7-15.

 

Memoir. Bluedoor Gallery, DeKalb, IL, Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Group exhibition,

 

Irrepressible Acts at Home. BadDog Gallery, DeKalb, IL, Oct. 15-22. Solo exhibition.

 

Greenspace. Outdoor Installation, Northern Illinois University campus, DeKalb, IL, Oct. 4. Group exhibition,

 

North American Graduate Art Survey. Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 13-July 14, juror Diane Mullins (catalogue).

 

Kitties, Cats, and Hand-grenades. Peabody Gallery, DeKalb, IL, May. Group exhibition,

 

Annual Women’s History Month Exhibition. DeKalb Area Women’s Center, DeKalb, IL, March. Group exhibition,

 

NIU Graduate Group Exhibition 2006. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Feb. 13-March 8 (catalogue).

Selected Exhibitions

Black Box Exhibit and Auction. Jack Olson Memorial Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Nov. 8-10, 2005. Group exhibition,

2000-2005

Jekyll and Hyde 3-D Graduate Student Show. Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Sept. 27-Oct. 15, 2005.

 

Ellsworth Designs/Gallery. Goshen, IN, Represented from March 2003 to July 2004.

 

Indiana University, South Bend Faculty Show. South Bend, IN, Sept. 2003.

 

Graduating Student Art Exhibition. Goshen College, Goshen, IN, April 7, 2002.

 

Annual Juried Student Show. Goshen College, Goshen, IN, May 2001, juror Judy Torttelot. Awards received: Best in Show, First Place in Book Arts, and Honorable Mention in Sculpture.

 

Curatorial

 

November 2008 to Present

Merkeyna Coif Boutique. Performance and curation of exhibition with collaborator Bianca McGraw, Northern Illinois University Women’s Resource Center, Nov. 18-21. Catalogue.

December 2007

Want Fries With That? Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Facilitated exhibition and studio open house event within the Northern Illinois University Sculpture department, DeKalb, IL.

November 2007

Apocalyptic: Environmental Posters in Honor of America Recycles Day, Java 101, DeKalb, IL. Curated an exhibition of 2-D Design student posters.

June 2007

Marked/Unmarked, 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Facilitated exhibition installation for group exhibition of 16 artists.

March 2007

Conception: A Show Addressing Women’s Issues, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL, March 6-21, 2007. Co-curated an exhibition of visual art and poetry from 36 participating Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, and students.

 

Academic Awards and Recognition

 

Diversity and Equity Award, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, April 2007. Recognition for promoting campus diversity in the category of Women and Gender through the curation of Conception: a Show Addressing Women’s Issues.

 

Graduate Assistantship, Northern Illinois University School of Art, DeKalb, IL, 2005-2008.

 

Rembrandt Scholarship, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 2001-2002.

 

Menno Simmons Scholarship, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 1998-2002.

 

Teaching Experience

Broadview Entertainment Arts University (2012)

 

Graphic Design Program Chair.

Principles of Design
History of Graphic Design

Westminster College (2012)

 

Intro to Eportfolios

McHenry County College (2009-2011)

 

Computer Arts I
Graphic Design
Digital Tools for Studio Artists
Art Appreciation

School of Art, Northern Illinois University (2006-2007)

 

2-D Design Foundations
3-D Design Foundations

Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University, South Bend (2003)

 

2-D Design Fundamentals

 

Other Relevant Work Experience

2008-2012

NIU Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Responsibilities include prep crew (installation of exhibitions, including contemporary works and artifacts); research for upcoming exhibitions; registration of loan forms and condition reports; leading group tours; preparing grant proposals; and assisting with museum education and public events.

2006-2009

Lincoln Digitization Project, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Scanned and proofread documents; entered and proofread HTML and SHTML coding for database use; prepared scanned images and photographs for database use.

2008

Fibers Department Graduate Assistant, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Assisted in the classroom; installed student work for exhibition; and created/prepared digital slide files/lectures and reading materials for students.

2005-2006

Design Division Office Graduate Assistant, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Provided general office support and research assistance to professors Jon Ashman and Alexsandra Giza. Assisted Mary Stewart with her 3-D Design Foundations course.

1999-2002

Art Department Assistant, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Prepared student work areas in printmaking lab; catalogued video and slides in slide library; mixed clay for Ceramics students; prepared shows of student work in the Student Union; assisted in Goshen College Gallery with exhibition receptions.

 

Other Teaching Experience

Goshen Community School Corporation, Goshen, IN
Concord School System, Elkhart, IN (2002-2004)

 

Substitute Teacher (All disciplines, grades 4-12)

Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart, IN (2002)

 

Student Teaching (9th and 10th grade Honors Art, Ceramics 1, and Advanced 2-D and 3-D art, with cooperating teacher Cynthia Marks)

Elkhart Northside Middle School, Elkhart, IN. (2002)

 

Field Teaching 7th and 8th Grade Art with teacher Jim Rasp.

Goshen Middle School, Goshen, IN. (1999-2000)

 

Field Teaching 8th Grade Art with teacher John Nafziger.
6th Grade Art with teacher Ellen Hemminger.

Goshen High School, Goshen, IN. (2001)

 

High School Ceramics with teacher Cindy Joldersma.

 

Other Professional Service

 

Education Outreach Coordinator, Sugar House Farmers Market, 2012 Board. Salt Lake City, UT.

 

Retrofitting the Pubis: A Prospectus for Re-envisioning the Twenty-First Century Merkin. Presentation at UCLA Queer Fashion Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 15, 2011. Presented with Bianca McGraw.

 

Mitchell Aircraft, Clients. Logo/Branding design. http://mitchellair.com/about/

 

Clothing Rebirth Workshop, Clothing Swap, and Moderator of http://fashionfauxpas2010.blogspot.com/ through the NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL, in conjunction with Contemporary Art and Fashion exhibition suite. Oct.-Nov. 2010.

 

Juror of High School Invitational, Jack Olson Gallery, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, November 2010.

 

Flood the Luminous Body: Reflections on Integrating Life and Art. Convocation lecture at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. November 6, 2009.

 

We Are All Huskies Today. Northern Illinois University One-year Anniversary Memorial of 2/14 Campus Shooting. Volunteered time and skills to install artifacts for memorial exhibition. February 13-14, 2009.

 

From the Mending Room. Visiting Artist lecture at Goshen College, Goshen, IN, November 16, 2008.

 

T-shirts to Totes workshop at the Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL, in conjunction with Mountain: A Force of Faketure, October 2008.

 

May I Serve You? Annual Herstorical Tea Program, DeKalb Area Women’s Center, DeKalb, IL. March 2006.

 

Mali, West Africa. Four-week term in an apprenticeship to an artist skilled in the traditional arts of Bogolan, or mud-cloth dying, and a cloth-dying cooperative teaching traditional cloth dying in rural Mali. May-July 2001.

 

Bibliography/Press

 

 

Rowland, Brett. “Artists Transform Dole Mansion.” Northwest Herald. June 3, 2011.

 

Keller, Jory. “The Streetfair on Your Desktop,” Mosaic, Fall 2010. http://www.engl.niu.edu/bpeters/Mosaic4/keller.html

 

Publication of artwork in the online journal Paramanu Pentaquark, Summer 2010.

 

Publication of artwork in the literary journal Rhubarb, The American Issue,” Issue 24, Winter 2009.

 

Coleman-Cruz, Erin, Peter Olson. Käthe Kollwitz: Images of Death and Life. Companion Brochure for the eponymous Northern Illinois University Art Museum exhibition, March 25-May 9, 2009.

 

Sider, Sandra. “Embedded in Fiber: Silent Screams,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Volume 21, January 2008, 89-95.

 

York Coppens, Julie. “IUSB faculty displays master works of art,” South Bend Tribune, September 21, 2003.

 

Professional Membership

 

College Art Association, July 2007-present.

 

International Sculpture Center, October 2008-to present.

 

References, Portfolio and Credentials Available Upon Request.
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