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.


upcoming events

Community Workshop: Recycled Paper Books

Join Erin at the El Cerrito Library for this free community workshop. Make a custom journal out of recycled materials using simple sewing and folding techniques. Incorporate poetry into your book or use it as a mini journal. Recommended for ages 13+.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Exhibition: You Will Have to Leave

As part of her artist residency with the El Cerrito Recycling Center, this exhibition of a group of collaged and painted found book pages will look at climate change-related displacement.

Friday, Apr 19 – Friday, Jun 14, 2019
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
Exhibit on view during library hours

Community Workshop: Recycled Art for Kids

Join Erin at the El Cerrito Library for this free family workshop celebrating trees. Make a custom leaf stamp out of recycled materials and stamp leaves all over your recycled paper tree. This free event is brought to you by the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. For kids (3+) and their grown ups.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Exhibition: Mixed Paper

This exhibition will present work created by finding and altering papers from the mixed paper bin and the book exchange area. On view will also be collaborative pieces made with 3rd grade students at Fairmont Elementary School.

Thursday, Jun 6 – Friday, Jul 5, 2019
El Cerrito City Hall - Second Floor
10890 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito

City Hall Hours available here