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Artist’s Bio:

Erika Huddleston focuses on the study of nature in urban settings. In particular, she is interested in better understanding how perceiving changing natural processes in an urban park setting can affect human psychology. “There’s a psychological benefit to seeing the visible changes in dynamic processes in nature,” Erika stated. “For example, during a rain, urban creeks flood. You know there was this flooding, and rushing water, but after a while, the creek calms and becomes peaceful again. It’s reassuring knowing that no matter how chaotic nature gets, it always becomes peaceful again. In Cameron Park, the vines overgrow the trees and create a changing interaction of species unlike in a manicured landscape where they would be cut back. Being a park goer in Cameron Park with the loosely regulated wilderness aspects is to witness nature’s growth and changes which can relate to our own personal growth and change. Humans and nature are constantly in motion.”

As artist-in-residence with Shoal Creek Conservancy in Austin this summer, Erika created a new series of four large scale 60″ x 69 1/2″ paintings, a continuation of her study of the central Austin creek that empties into Lady Bird Lake. She is currently recording changes in Cameron Park in Waco– studying its dynamic natural processes through painting on site. “Waco has this great wilderness in such close proximity– Cameron Park. It is unparalleled in Texas cities in its acreage, proximity to downtown, and topographical changes.”

Huddleston holds a BA in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Texas-Austin. Her interest in urban parks as wilderness began in graduate school.

Inspiration:

For the Cameron Park series to be shown at Anthem Studios, Erika is also drawing inspiration from the current geopolitical events in the Middle East. She is investigating Cameron Park as a landscape which invites the public gather. Hundreds of diverse citizens play and exercise simultaneously on a daily basis in Cameron Park without fear. What creates this safe public environment?  Laws can call for freedom but it take love and respect on the part of private individuals to make a successful public space. Erika’s paintings will celebrate that the citizens of Waco can go to Cameron Park without fear.
resume:Erika Gordon Huddleston
Curriculum Vitae

1978 Born in Houston, Texas
Lives and works in Dallas and Austin, Texas


Education
2008-201
2000-2001
1996-2000
Masters in Landscape Architecture, University of Texas at Austi
Certificate of Interior Decoration, Parsons School of Design
BA, Fine Arts, Vanderbilt University
Landscape Architecture Work
2012-2013
2009
2008
Hocker Design Group Landscape Architects, Dallas
The Trust for Public Land, Washington, DC
Wallace, Roberts, and Todd (WRT) Landscape Architects, Dallas
Solo Painting Exhibitions
2013
2012
Orientations: Urban Wilderness in the Trinity River, Shannon Bowers Designs, DallasLandscapeRecordings: Shoal Creek Greenbelt, O2 Gallery: Flatbed Press, Austin
Group Painting Exhibitions
2014
2014
2012
2011
2011
2011
2011
2010
2006
Nature Unending, two person show with Karina Hean, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin
Summer Cut, Valley House Gallery, Dallas
Celebrate Texas Art 2012 Juried Show, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston
New Work, UTSOA Materials Lab Exhibition Space, E.A.S.T., Austin
Casa Relaxation, Willow House Gallery, E.A.S.T., Austin
Looking for Transformation, Juried Show, Redeemer, New York
Tree of Life, Juried Show, Holy Cross, Dallas
Home for Dislocated Furniture, Willow House Gallery, E.A.S.T., Austin
Art into Action/ Action into Art, Juried Show, TNC Gallery, New York
Site-Specific Installations
2014
2013/2014
2012
2009
Branch, site-specific functional bench, Art on Henderson Public Art, Dallas
Bird Bridge, site-specific outdoor installation, bcWORKSHOP: Activating Vacancy, Dallas
City Stories, 3 large-scale interior wall murals, Redeemer Children’s Wing, New York
Coffee Landscape, outdoor public art installation, UTSOA: 2×2, Austin
Awards + Honors
2014
2012
2011
Three month Artist-in-Residence, Shoal Creek Conservancy, May 15-August 15, Austin
Special Mention, Celebrate Texas Art 2012
Finalist for Ruminate Magazine Visual Arts Prize
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