There is power in looking seeing.
Erin Kendrick is a visual artist and arts educator from Jacksonville, Florida. 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. In 2009, she stepped away from fine art and relocated back to her hometown to build a career as an Event Designer and Graphic Designer (E. Street Design Co.). Seven years later, she returned to art making and exhibiting in 2016. Erin is currently a visual artist, graphic designer, and arts educator, teaching at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville Arts & Music School (JAMS). She is one of the 2016 Community First Foundation Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant recipients, a “Lift Every Student” Artist-In-Residence (Cathedral Arts Project/Cultural Council of Jacksonville), and a member of the Arts Advisory Board for Duval County Public Schools. In 2018, her own things, her first solo exhibition since restarting her art career, received critical acclaim and she was awarded Best Visual Artist and Best Art Exhibition (and Best Arts Educator) in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax 2018 poll.
Erin maintains a studio at CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florida.
Self-love is necessary for survival.
Survival is a rebellious act.
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. Author, bell hooks, described the oppositional gaze as an “overwhelming longing to look, a rebellious desire”. In my artwork, the figures stare back, intentionally, in an effort to challenge perceptions. In doing so, the figures become the spectator as opposed to the spectacle. They are not just objects meant to be seen but serve as active “seers”. They see the viewer and they see one another. The paintings are often displayed in familiar but uncomfortable environments. This allows the viewer to experience the way in which black women (and other people of color) navigate the world around them and illustrates how language has been used against us. The paintings and installations honor our human-ness, independent of historical perception and contemporary assumptions, and encourage empathy through connection.
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
Photobooth, Heather Moore Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Jacksonville, FL
Her Own Things, Yellow House, Jacksonville, FL
Stories/Allegories, Jacksonville, International Airport, Jacksonville, FL
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
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,”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
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.
Board Member, Ritz Theater and Museum
Arts Advisory Council, Member, Duval County Public Schools
AIGA, Jacksonville, FL Chapter
2018 Adjunct Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (2D-Design)
2018 Instructor, Jacksonville Art and Music School (JAMS), Jacksonville, Florida
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
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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