There is power in looking seeing.

photos by Michelle Calloway

Bio

Erin Kendrick is an emerging artist from Jacksonville, Florida whose color-rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art seek to inspire a dialogue about contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the southeastern United States. After receiving her formal art training at Florida State University (BFA, Studio Art, 1999) and Georgia State University (MFA, Drawing & Painting, 2003), she worked for many years as a Studio Artist and Arts Educator in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, with a renewed drive for art making, and a new body of work, she returned to exhibiting artwork in 2016. Erin is a visual artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. She is currently the owner of Erin is Creative, a visual art and design company. She maintains a studio at CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florida and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of North Florida’s Fine Arts Department.

Artist Statement

In my artwork, I examine contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women, through the lens of the oppositional gaze. Author, bell hooks described the oppositional gaze as an “overwhelming longing to look, a rebellious desire”. It is an intentional act, meant to challenge perceptions, wherein which the subject becomes the spectator as opposed to the spectacle. In my work, the women are not just objects meant to be seen but serve as active “seers”…they see one another. The images confront one another, and their inherited perceptions, through the power of looking/seeing, the oppositional gaze. They embody a lineage of black women and the things we have survived. Both revered and reviled, their duality is necessary for their survival, and survival, like the oppositional gaze, is a rebellious act.

ERIN KENDRICK
ARTIST/MAKER/ARTS EDUCATOR
Cork Art Studios/Jacksonville, FL

www.eriniscreative.co
904.612.6443/hello@eriniscreative.co

EDUCATION

2008   Certificate, Event Planning & Management, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, Georgia
2003   MFA, Drawing & Painting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
1999   BFA, Studio Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018   
Stories/Allegories, Jacksonville, International Airport, Jacksonville, FL
The Photobooth, Heather Moore Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Jacksonville, FL
Her Own Things, Yellow House, Jacksonville, FL

EXHIBITIONS

2018
Through Our Eyes 2018: Struggle & Resistance, Ritz Theater and Museum, Jacksonville, FL
First Coast Artist on the First Amendment, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Jacksonville, FL
Truth-Tellers, Women Writing for a Change, Jacksonville, FL
2017
Kesha – A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, FL
2016
Relic., Three Layers Cafe, Jacksonville, FL
The Groove Suite – Art Edition “Unhinged”, No Lye Style & Beauty Boutique, Jacksonville, FL
Paper Dolls, Ground up Gallery at Moon River Pizza, Jacksonville, FL
Through Our Eyes 2016 – “Sensory Perception”, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Jacksonville, FL
2009
DCPS Faculty Exhibition, Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ Art Gallery, South Campus, Jacksonville, Florida
She. An Artist Collective, Neighborhood Gallery & Art Center, Decatur, Georgia
2003
Front: Be Somebody, MFA Thesis Exhibtion, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
2002
Funk Jazz Kafe’ Summer Festival 2002, Scitrek Science Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Short Short Short Video Night, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Give & Take, Soul Kollage, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
Untitled, Ventige Soul/1131 Retro Boutique Fashion Show, Atlanta, Georgia
All Small, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Fresh!, NoNo, Atlanta, Georgia
Full Moon Project, Silent Auction/AIDS Survival Project, GSU School of Art & Design, Atlanta, Georgia
2001
Jubilee/Recent Works, Rainbow Grocery Café’, Atlanta, Georgia
“Loss/Recovery” Shrine 55/100, 100 Names Project, Apex Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
2000
Harvest, Art Farm, Atlanta, Georgia
1999
Idle Chatter, BFA Graduation Exhibition, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Rollin Juried Show, Oglesby Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (Purchase Award)
New Work II, BFA Warehouse, Tallahassee, Florida
Unfair 12, Club Downunder, Tallahassee, Florida
New Work I, BFA Warehouse, Tallahassee, Florida
Place, BFA Warehouse, Tallahassee, Florida
1998
Heritage Night, Black Student Union, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Oglesby Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

Madeleine Peck Wagner, “Staring Back,” Folio Weekly, Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2018. 17.

WEBSITE PUBLICATIONS

Patrick Fisher, “Black Faces, Black Bodies, Black Stories – 10 Questions with Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, and Event Stylist Erin Kendrick,”http://www.culturalcouncil.org/news/black-faces-black-bodies-black-stories-10-questions-with-erin-kendrick, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, March 24, 2017

Jordan Bebout, “Diversifying Art – A Look at Muisance Art Alliance,” http://jacksonville.com/written-and-photographed-jordan-bebout or http://jacksonville.com/jack/2017-01-04/diversifying-art, Florida Times-Union/Jack Magazine, January 4, 2017

Hurley Winkler, “Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience,” http://eujacksonville.com/2017/02/07/who-is-kesha-the-jacksonville-public-library-and-the-black-female-experience/, EU Jacksonville, February 7, 2017

RADIO/PODCASTS

Michelle Calloway, Artist Talk #4 with Erin Kendrick, Interview 42 Podcast, http://soundcloud.com/user-61857973/artisttalk-episode-4-with-erin-kendrick, June 27, 2017

Mr. Al Pete, Interview, Cubicle Music Monday, 92.7 The Beat – The Sound of Duval, Jacksonville, FL, January 31, 2017.

ORGANIZATIONS

Board Member, Ritz Theater and Museum
Arts Advisory Council, Member, Duval County Public Schools
AIGA, Jacksonville, FL Chapter

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018 Adjunct Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (2D-DEsign, Drawing I, Basic Computer Image)
2014–2016   Adjunct Professor, Columbia College, Jacksonville, Florida (Art Appreciation)
2013–2015   Instructor, Painting with a Twist, Jacksonville, Florida
2010-2011   Instructor, Art League of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
2009-2011   Art Teacher, Mayport Middle School, Atlantic Beach, Florida
2005-2009   Art Teacher, Banneker High School, College Park, Georgia
2002-2003   Instructor, Atlanta College of Arts, Community Education, Atlanta, Georgia
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
2002        Instructor, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta Georgia

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

2017     Artist-in-Residence, Lift Every Student – Any Given Child/Cathedral Arts Project
2017     Community First Foundation Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant
2017     Feature Artist, Jacksonville Cultural Council’s Annual Art Awards

CERTIFICATIONS/SEMINAR PARTICIPATION

2017     Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students, Artists as Educators Seminar, hosted by
Cathedral Art Project, Jacksonville, FL
2015     Marketing Matters, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center
2014     Financial Matters, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

2018     Presentation, Jump. Fall. Fly. – The Creative’s Guide to Life, I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Women’s Conference, Jacksonville, FL
2017     Workshop, The Art of Business – How to Market Your Art and Your Business, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, FL

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