Erin Paradis is a ceramic sculptor, living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her BFA from Alfred University.  She has worked extensively as an artist, resident, business owner, and instructor at art centers and academic settings both nationally and internationally.  Erin was a Lecturer in Ceramics and Sculpture from 2015-2020 at the University of Minnesota and instructs at Bloomington Center for the Arts and Northern Clay Center.  She received the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2017 and 2020, the Open Studio Fellowship through Franconia Sculpture Park in 2018, was a recipient of the 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant through Northern Clay Center, and received the 2020 Outdoor Sculpture Artist Award through Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. Most recently Paradis received the 2021 Early Career Project Grant through Forecast Public Arts and is exhibiting her show Towards Veracity at the Inez Greenberg Gallery in Bloomington, MN in August 2021.  

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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.  





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


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


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

​Minors: Art History, Music


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

Solo Exhibitions:


           Encountering the Subtle Threshold.  Solo public arts installation; Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, MN


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


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


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

Group Exhibitions:


            Hard and Soft; Juried Exhibition at the Center for the Visual Arts; Wausau, WI 

Towards Veracity;  Artistry Theater and Visual Arts Center; Inez Greenberg Gallery (forthcoming August 2021), Bloomington, MN


Emerging Artist Grant Recipients; Northern Clay Center Main Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

After Hours; Quarter Gallery; Minneapolis, MN

C4W: 2020; Gamut Gallery; Minneapolis, MN          


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, Rochester, MN


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


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

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


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

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


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


Featured Artist: Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

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


Pairing Pottery Dining Experience; Sapor Café, Minneapolis, MN

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


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


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


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


BFA Thesis Exhibition, Harder Hall, Alfred, NY



             Early Career Project Grantee; Forecast Public Art; St. Paul, MN


             Recipient of the 2020 Artist Initiative Grant; Minnesota State Arts Board, Minneapolis, MN

             Silverwood Park Outdoor Sculpture Artist Award; St. Anthony, MN


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


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


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

Recipient of the 2017 Artist Initiative Grant; Minnesota State Arts Board, Minneapolis, MN


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



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

Gallery Affiliations:


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


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


Island Gallery; Curator and Gallery Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching Experience:


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


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


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


University of Minnesota: Teaching Assistant, Minneapolis, MN

Related Experience:


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


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


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


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


Odyssey Center for Ceramics Resident Artist, Asheville, NC


Watershed Center for Ceramic Art Assistantship, Newcastle, ME


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


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