Erin Paradis is a ceramic sculptor, living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Erin is currently a Lecturer in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of Minnesota and instructs at Bloomington Center for the Arts.  

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Statement

I absorb my surroundings through the shapes, objects, and compositions that seemingly ordinary structures and spaces reveal to me.  I enjoy the visual encounters that give me pause and respite from tensions in my life. The grid of white window panes against the texture of weathered wooden shingles; the outline of trees set behind colorful, centuries old brick buildings edged with an embankment of jagged rocks; these moments of recognition cause stillness for me and I feel curiosity and calm.  My work is a recollection of these spatial encounters; mimicking line, texture, and color. I abstractly materialize particular instances through installations of my sculptural forms and their relationships to one another.

 

In my studio practice, these encounters are translated into abstract drawings, sculptural ceramic objects, and reinterpretations of drawn imagery.  I explore recurring ideas and objects fully, creating different renditions in various materials, dimensions, and complexity. I exhibit these forms with limited context and hope viewers find a moment of pause and intrigue to ponder their significance and origination. 

 

I remain committed to searching for and observing significant instances that encourage me to contemplate and to continue my explorations in clay.  

 

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Education:

2015

University of Minnesota; MFA: Ceramics and Sculpture, Minneapolis, MN

2010

Colorado State University; Post Baccalaureate Study, Fort Collins, CO

2008

Alfred University; BFA: Concentration in Ceramic Art and Painting, Alfred, NY

​Minors: Art History, Music

2007

Lorenzo De’ Medici; Concentration in art, Florence, Italy

Solo Exhibitions:

2019

Amended Accounts; Solo Exhibition; Ridgewater College Galleries, Willmar and Hutchinson, MN

2018

Comfort and Entanglement: Solo Exhibition; MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN

2017

Impetus of Entanglement: Solo Exhibition; Hair and Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions:

2021

Two person exhibition at Artistry Theater and Visual Arts Center; Inez Greenberg Gallery (forthcoming September 2021), Bloomington, MN

2020

Three Jerome Artists; Northern Clay Center Main Gallery (forthcoming January 2020), Minneapolis, MN

Two person exhibition; James May Gallery (forthcoming winter 2020), Algoma, WI

2019

You’re Still One of Ours;  CSU Alumni exhibition curated by Del Harrow and Sanam Emami; Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Object Lessons; NCECA Concurrent Exhibition; Regis Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Little Red Quartet.; Co-Organized NCECA Concurrent Exhibition; The White Page Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Suggestions for Perplexing Thoughts; Co-Organized NCECA Concurrent Exhibition; SpringBOX, St. Paul, MN

Two-person exhibition; in collaboration with Allison Rose Craver; Rochester Community and Technical College Gallery (forthcoming October 2019), Rochester, MN

2018

Steadying pause.; Franconia Sculpture Park Installation, Shafer, MN

2017

One year later, one day after; Invitational: Yeah, Maybe #13; Yeah, Maybe Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Juried Exhibition: Candice Hopkins; Space 369, St. Paul, MN

2016

Receding Environments and Ambiguous Forms; The Island Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Group Show #5: Yeah, Maybe Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015

Underlined Action; MFA Thesis Exhibition; Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Summer Arts Discovery: Invitational; Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN

That gives the urgency and getting there is not all that difficult, you see? Solo Installation; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, UK

2014

Featured Artist: Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

For A Limited Time Only; Invitational; Quarter Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2013

Pairing Pottery Dining Experience; Sapor Café, Minneapolis, MN

Let There Be Light; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

2012

Made for Each Other: Juried Show; Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, NH

Containment III: A Nesting Instinct; Invitational; Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

Combined Forces; Odyssey Center Gallery, Asheville, NC

2011

Collect(ive) Components: Resident Artist Show; Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC

2010

Post Baccalaureate Ceramic Students’ Show; CSU Art Department, Fort Collins, CO

2008

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Harder Hall, Alfred, NY

Awards:

2019

Recipient of Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant awarded by Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2018

Recipient of Franconia Sculpture Park Open Studio Fellowship, Shafer, MN

2017

Recipient of Sculpture Garden Commission; Hair and Nails Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Artist Initiative Grant; Minnesota State Arts Board, Minneapolis, MN

2014

Recipient of Summer Travel Fellowship; U of M Art Department, Oaxaca, Mexico

Publications:

2017

Christina Schmid; “Erin Paradis: Impetus of Entanglement”; InReview: Winter 2017

Gallery Affiliations:

2017-2018

Lacuna Gallery; Co-Founder, Curator, and Gallery Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

2016-2018

Board of Directors member at The White Page Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016

Island Gallery; Curator and Gallery Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching Experience:

2016-present

Lecturer; University of Minnesota; Ceramics and Sculpture Department, Minneapolis, MN

2016-2017

One Year Full time, Visiting Assistant Professor; University of Minnesota; Ceramics and Sculpture, Minneapolis, MN

2015

Instructor of Record: University of Minnesota: Beginning Ceramics, Minneapolis, MN

2012-2015

University of Minnesota: Teaching Assistant, Minneapolis, MN

Related Experience:

2019

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: workshop with Linda Lopez, Deer Isle, ME

2015

Scottish Sculpture Workshop; Emerging Artist In Residence, Lumsden, Scotland, UK

2013

Penland School of Craft- Studio Assistant for Tetsuya Yamada, Penland, NC

2011

Assistant for Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyuma: Slow Pottery Workshop; Odyssey Center for Ceramic, Asheville, NC

2010-2012

Odyssey Center for Ceramics Resident Artist, Asheville, NC

2009

Watershed Center for Ceramic Art Assistantship, Newcastle, ME

2008

Women’s Studio Workshop; Chili Bowl Fellow, Rosendale, NY

2007

Alfred University Ceramics Summer Intern for David Freddy Fredrickson, Alfred, NY