Sherry Erskine

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Sherry Erskine's career in art encompasses a wide array of interests and interdisciplinary experiences. Raised in Detroit, she earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a MA in Art Education from Michigan State University. Prior to teaching art, she held a variety of positions in arts management; most notably serving as Technical Director for The Asia Society Performing Arts Center in New York City. She managed productions for dignitaries and performing or visual artists from across Asia. The highlight of her work included stage management for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Samul-Nori Korean Drummers, Royal Court Dancers of Jakarta and Papunya Aborigine Painters -- just to name a few. Many of these intercultural productions supported gallery exhibitions, providing a forum for social action and education. These extraordinary collaborations continue to inspire her investigation of ritual through photography, performance, sculpture and mix ed media. Ms. Erskine is currently working toward a MFA in photography and performance.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Sherry Erskine has twenty-five years’ experience in public school education, including teaching Theater Craft at Grosse Pointe North High School, and Kindergarten and 1st grade in New York City Public Schools. In 2010, she retired after seventeen years of teaching Visual Art K-8 at West Ottawa (MI) Elementary and Middle Schools. Subsequently, she developed art education practicum and taught methods courses for Hope College. Authoring K-16 integrated visual arts curriculum and mentoring future art teachers remain continuing goals of her professional practice. Sherry teaches Elementary Art Teaching and Supervises Student Teachers in Art at CCS.

Sherry has served as the Vice President of Education for GOH Productions since 1988, a non-profit international arts services organization based in New York City. Over the years, she hosted and led numerous secondary and collegiate foreign exchange programs, primarily between the US and Japan. Guiding principles: inquiry, constructive engagement, empathy and collaboration

Significant publications/presentations/exhibitions/projects:

RECENT EXHIBITS

2015 – Doing the Rounds, Collaborative Performative Photographic Series with Martina Cleary at Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland, Silver Halide Prints, Avenue C Studio, New York, NY.

2014 – Art, Memory and the Burren 2014 Exhibit, Archival Pigment Prints, Burren College of Art, Newtown, Co. Clare, Ireland.

2014 – Alchemist’s Ascent, Archival Pigment Print, ArtPrize, Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI.

2014 – Black, White and Red Triptych, Wood Fire and Raku Ceramics, Re-Prize, Holland Area Arts Center, Holland, MI.

2013 – Black, White and Red Triptych, Wood Fire and Raku Ceramics, ArtPrize, Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI.

2013 – Introducing Polli Talu, Published iMovie, Polli Talu Arts Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Rame küla, Estonia.

  • MA, BFA
  • Adjunct Faculty

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