Current Artist in Residence

ECCRU logoThe City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission has selected artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler to fill the El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artist Residency, beginning November 1, 2018. During her ECCRU residency, Wheeler will create artwork using materials found at RERC, conduct workshops or other educational programs, provide an exhibition of artwork created during the residency, and donate one piece of artwork to the City.

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.

Wheeler said, “I am interested in working with a wide range of paper materials from printed magazines, envelopes, photographs, and books. I am also interested in working with cases and containers of any material - items that once held medicine, speakers, appliances, recipes,
etc. I create shadow boxes and dioramas from boxes and cases. My shadow boxes are a modern take on the work of Joseph Cornell and like his work, take small toys, photographic images, wood, and glass to create dreamlike tiny worlds.”

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. 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.


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