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Eleanor Erskine
Eleanor Erskine

Associate Professor, Art Practices
Printmaking
Neuberger Hall 282
(503) 725-3336
erskine@pdx.edu

"The artist studio and the classroom create an environment for vigorous exchange, but also important is the process of observation and learning to see anew. My goal is to help students translate their experiences and revelations into physical objects that encourage the viewer to make personal connections between art and the cultural goals of the community."

As an artist, Eleanor Erskine uses intuition, reflection, and experimentation to support conceptual material investigations in printmaking. She is intrigued with defining and redefining multiple approaches and processes as the field of printmaking grows more expansive, inclusive and significant as a major contemporary art forum. Her pedagogical aim is to ensure that matriculating Printmaking students at Portland State University develop a deep appreciation for making prints and for the arts in general, and that they build a relationship to their work and an intellectual faculty for creative problem solving that will carry them for a lifetime.

"As both artist & educator I have the opportunity to teach as well as learn. The artist studio and the classroom create an environment for vigorous exchange, but also important is the process of observation and learning to see anew. My goal is to help students translate their experiences and revelations into physical objects that encourage the viewer to make personal connections between art and the cultural goals of the community."

Eleanor H.  Erskine was born in Barrington, Illinois. She attended the Chicago Art institute, received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and earned her MFA in Printmaking, with s special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988.  She has taught at the Maine College of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; Chautaugua Institute; Penland School of Crafts; and Portland State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Mark Woolley Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C.; Nelson Atkins Museum; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); and the Marylhurst Art Gym. She is recognized locally, nationally and internationally and her work is held in major private and public collections including the California State University Museum; Portland Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Hallmark Corporation; New York Public Library; Downey Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and in Canada, Africa, Japan and South Korea.

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