There is power in looking seeing.


Erin Kendrick is an international artist and arts educator from Jacksonville, Florida. Her color-rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art and transformative installations 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 United States and abroad. 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. Although, she stepped away from the arts for 8 years to run an event design business (E. Street Design Co.), she returned to exhibiting artwork in 2016 with a renewed drive for art making and a new body of work.

She is currently the Lead Visual Art Instructor at Jacksonville Arts & Music School and a Teacher Artist for Cathedral Arts Project. Having taught at every level including higher ed, she was recently named the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 2019 Art Educator of the Year. In 2018, she was voted Best Visual Artist, Best Art Exhibition, and Best Arts Educator in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax 2018 poll. She has won several grants including the Jackie Cornelius Art Residency Grant, the Lift Every Student Artist-In-Residence Grant, and the Community First Foundation Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant. Erin maintains a studio at CoRK Arts District. Her current initiative, “Artists Types”, helps practicing artists with career advancement by providing workshops, mini-courses, and templates for CV writing, artist statements, proposals, and more. As an educator she lives by Elbert Hubbard’s quote,

Art is not a thing. It is a way.

Artist Statement

In my paintings and installations, 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. The oppositional gaze, penned by author bell hooks, “is one which cultivates a power to look, enabling black female spectators to document what they see and construct their own dialogue with their own voice[1]”. I believe that black women have historically been victims of language as our ascribed identities were largely derived from negative depictions that have been distributed historically via media, art, and contemporaneously, social media. In my work, the women are not just objects meant to be seen but serve as both spectator and witness. The subjects in the portraits stare back at the viewer and one another challenging inherited perceptions, historical prejudice, and contemporary assumptions.  The subject becomes the spectator as opposed to the spectacle through the transformative power of looking/seeing…the oppositional gaze. The images and experiences honor black women’s humanness in an effort to encourage empathy through both connection and confrontation.


[1] Hooks, Bell. “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators.” Feminist Film Theory: A Reader. Ed. Sue Thornham. New York: New York UP, 1999. 307-19.

Cork Art Studios/Jacksonville, FL

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

The Wiz, Players-by-the-Sea, Jacksonville, FL
Oh Snap!, Riverside Fine Arts Association, Jacksonville, FL

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

Through Our Eyes 2019: The Revolution will be Documented by the Artists, Ritz Museum & Theater, Jacksonville, FL
Welcome to the Afrofuture: Ground Zero, New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans, LA
Musing Women, FSCJ South Gallery, Wilson Center for the Arts, Jacksonville, FL
Enroute, Bethune Cookman College Performing Arts Center, Daytona, FL
A Vision for Art, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, Jacksonville, FL
Generation W, Featured Artist, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Shine: A Feminine Perspective, Women Writing for a Change, Jacksonville, FL
Contemporary Portrait: A National Juried Exhibition, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX
RISE: A Feminine Approach to the Craft of Art, Women Writing for a Change, Jacksonville, FL
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
Kesha – A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, FL
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
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
Front: Be Somebody, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
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
Jubilee/Recent Works, Rainbow Grocery Café’, Atlanta, Georgia
“Loss/Recovery” Shrine 55/100, 100 Names Project, Apex Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Harvest, Art Farm, Atlanta, Georgia
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
Heritage Night, Black Student Union, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jacksonville, FL
Oglesby Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Kendrick, Erin (2019, in press). ‘Being Alive. Being a Woman. Being Colored: The dilemma of being black and female at the intersection of visual and performance art during the Black Arts Movement’, With Fists Raised: Radical Art, Revolutionary Activism, and the Iconoclasm of the Black Arts Movement, Liverpool Press

Teacher’s Resource Manual, Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, Mary Brogan Museum of At & Science, Tallahassee, FL

Amanda Holloway, “Groundbreaking Art and Student Involvement at JAMS,” EU Jacksonville, August 2019. 14.
Daniel A. Bown, “Know Thyself,” VOID Magazine, March, 2019. 56-59
Hope McMath, “The Circle of Care,” Arbus, Dec/Jan 18/19, 34.
Matthew Shaw, “On Our Radar,” VOID Magazine, October, 2018. 45.
Madeleine Peck Wagner, “Her Own Song of Life,” Folio Weekly, Jul 11 – 17, 2018. 13-15.
Madeleine Peck Wagner, “Staring Back,” Folio Weekly, Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2018. 17.

Patrick Fisher, “Black Faces, Black Bodies, Black Stories – 10 Questions with Visual Artist, Graphic Designer, and Event Stylist Erin Kendrick,”, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, March 24, 2017

Jordan Bebout, “Diversifying Art – A Look at Muisance Art Alliance,” or, Florida Times-Union/Jack Magazine, January 4, 2017

Hurley Winkler, “Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience,”, EU Jacksonville, February 7, 2017


Tenikka Hughes, “Action News Jax Investigates: Progress on JSO LGBT Liaison Team, local artist’s effort to encourage,” FOX30, Jacksonville, FL,, September 26, 2019.

Shawana Brooks, Shawana’s Salon, Visual Communication with Erin Kendrick,

Marla Albertie, Creating Your Career Episode 4 with Artist Erin Kendrick,, October 31, 2017

Michelle Calloway, Artist Talk #4 with Erin Kendrick, Interview 42 Podcast,, June 27, 2017

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

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

2019                  Teacher Artist, Cathedral Arts Project, Jacksonville, FL
2018-Present  Creative Leader, Jacksonville Art & Music School (JAMS),  Jacksonville, FL
2017                  Adjunct Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (2D-Design)
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
2002-2003       Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
2002                   Instructor, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta Georgia

2019                  Art Educator of the Year, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
2018                  Best Artist, Best Art Exhibition, & Best Art Exhibit, Folio Weekly, Best of Jax 2018
2017-2018         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

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

2018     Work Backwards to Excel at Creativity/Finding Your Voice as an Artist, Maker, or Designer, Society For Creative Founders, Pensacola, FL
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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