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City of El Cerrito’s Art and Culture Commission announces Erin McClusky Wheeler as its next El Cerrito Creative Reuse (ECCRU) Artist in Residence
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El Cerrito, Calif. – October 25, 2018 – The El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is proud to announce Erin McClusky Wheeler as the City’s next El Cerrito Creative Reuse (ECCRU) Artist in Residence. Her 6-month term will begin November 1, 2018.
The ECCRU Program, created by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission in 2015, is intended to support local artists (in Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) who work with recycled materials. Through art, the Commission seeks to encourage environmental stewardship, resource conservation, and recycling & upcycling in the community in a way that that inspires people to think about sustainability and consumption.
Bay Area artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler is known for her bright tropical-colored works that employ a meticulous assemblage of found papers often bound together with looping brushstrokes. With both an abstract and graphic style, Erin's works are sometimes symbolic or whimsical, and play with ideas of nostalgia and visual memories in a narrative context. Erin both sources found materials and creates her own painted paper collage material to create bright, bold, and often densely layered paintings. As part of her residency, she will use found materials from the City’s Recycling + Environmental Resource Center.
Wheeler has a B.A. in studio art, and a B.A. in art history (magna cum laude) from Beloit, and an M.F.A. in writing from California College of the Arts. Her work is widely collected as both prints and originals. Erin is represented by Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia, California and her paintings have been licensed through West Elm, Minted, and Image Conscious Fine Art Publications. She is a member of the El Cerrito Art Association and won first prize in mixed media in the 2017 El Cerrito Art Association Annual Exhibit. Erin teaches art classes with the Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek and assists with public programs and events at the UC Botanical Garden. Erin was raised in the Richmond Annex and continues to reside and work in the Annex with her daughter, two cats, and a turtle. Find out more about her work through her website at erinmwheeler.com or follow her on Instagram @erinmwheeler.
Assistant to the City Manager City of El Cerrito 510-215-4318