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Artist Biography
Erin Riley’s tapestries, woven from a Macomber floor loom with hand dyed wool yarn, are a series of pieces inspired by the images produced by the internet generation. The series is a product of her research into the symptoms and results of various themes, including addiction and single-parent households. Drawn to images of self-discovery, experimentation, regression, development, her works depict a generation of excess and confusion. Erin Riley received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she currently lives.


Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
2009
MFA: Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Jacquard Workshop with Louise Lemieux Bérubé; Introduction to Jacquard Weaving: Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, QC

2007
BFA: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Show Me More, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Erin M Riley, Galerie Pecka, Prague, Czech Republic
Erin M Riley, The End is Near Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Forgotten in a File, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
Erin M Riley, 2012 Wind Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Jailbait, Sky High Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Graphic, Central Utah Arts Center, Ephraim, UT
Erin M Riley Featured Artist, Store at The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2010
Erin M Riley: New Works, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Daddy Issues, Helene Davis Gallery, Artspace, Richmond, VA
How’s my driving?, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
After, Featured Artist, ARTillery Ohio, Columbus, OH

2009
Get in the Car! MFA Thesis Exhibit, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Untitled Solo Show, Deep Sleep, Old City, Philadelphia, PA
Car Crashes and Other Sad Stories, Infusion: A Coffee & Tea Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Solo Art Show; Orchard Skate Shop, Roxbury, MA

2006
Habitually Untalkative, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
PRB, EMR, JAT, Extension Gallery, Orchard Skateshop, Boston, MA
Cat Exhibition, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Night in the Box, MassArt Graduate Auction, Somerville, MA
Second Self, Lux/Eros Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Where My Cones At?, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, CA
Blank Land – Oh Nancy, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2012
Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo, The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
23rd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Tropico Post-Apocalyptic, Extra Extra Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Recalibrations, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Optical Fiber, Space 1026 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Woven Stories: Exhibition of Contemporary Tapestries, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Oye Chica!, The Mission Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL
(re)Consider, The Martin Agency, Richmond, VA
Myself, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, McColl Center for the Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

2010
The Big Country, Wassaic Project Fall Exhibition, Millerton, NY
Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers, juried, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Re-invent, Re-interpret, Re-make, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, VIC Australia Resident Artist Summer Exhibition, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

2009
Family Ties: The First Wave, curated by Ellie Brown, Fox Art Gallery at UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
Radius 250, Best in Show, juried by Marlene Rothacker, Artspace, Richmond, VA
This is the End, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
In Limbo, curated by Elizabeth Agro, Grey Area, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Siren’s Warning, Art Space Gallery, Hartford, CT

2008
XXXXY, Crafts Department show, Tyler Hall Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Elkin Park, PA
Dirt Made My Lunch, Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Fibers Exhibition 2007, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
All Media Landscape, juried by Joseph Orr, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO
Fresh Fiber: Work from Emerging Textile Artists from RISD, UMASS-Dartmouth
and MassArt; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
New Art 2007; National Emerging Artist Competition, MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA

2006
Fibers and Ceramics exhibition for the Massachusetts College of Art All School Show, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

2005
Uncommon Threads; Fibers Department Group Show, Mass Art and Design, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

AWARDS
2012
Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2011
Vermont Studio Center Artist-in-Residence Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT
Kittredge Foundation Grant Recipient, Cambridge, MA

2010
LEAP Award Finalist, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2009
Best in Show, Radius 250, group show juried by Marlene Rothacker, Artspace, Richmond, VA
Project Completion Grant, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Graduate Academic Tuition Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

2007
Graduate Academic Tuition Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
Marilyn Pappas Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2006
Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, Inc. Fiber Scholarship, Willet, NY

2005
Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, Inc. Fiber Scholarship, Willet, NY

2003
J. G. Hinkle Scholarship, The Cape Cod Foundation, Yarmouthport, MA

RESIDENCIES
2012
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2011
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

2010
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012
Lotto Magazin. Places and Locations Issue, English/German, July 2012: 315-321. Print.
The Textile Artist’s Studio Handbook by Visnja Popovic and Owyn Ruck, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA. May 2012: 161. Print.

2011
O’Toole, Meighan, “ Fishbowl.” Foam Magazine August/September 2011: 36. Print.
Levine, Faythe. “Caught in the Web.” Fiberarts Magazine 22 March 2011: 32 – 33. Print.

2010
Pardi, Lou. “Re-Invent Re-Interpret Re-Make.” Beat Magazine 4 August 2010: 31. Print.
1000 Artisan Textiles: Contemporary Fiber Art, Quilts and Wearables by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA. May 2010. Print.

2009
New American Painting, no. 81, juror George Kinghorn, April 2009: 128-131. Print.

2008
“Weekly Update – New Galleries in Town!” by Roberta Fallon, Artblog, Wednesday, 11/19/08
“2008 Student Showcase.” Fiberarts Magazine November/December 2008: 45. Print.

ARTIST LECTURES
2012
Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE
January Art Talk, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

2011
Visiting Artist Critique, UNCC Fibers Department, Charlotte, NC
Artist Talk: Artistic Freedom, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA
Weaving Demo, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA

2010
Visiting Artist Talk, Senior Seminar, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Artist Talk, Freshman Foundation and Art Therapy Classes, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2009
Instructor of Record: Woven Structure I & II: Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Teaching Assistant: Woven Structure I & II (Rebecca Medel) Tyler School of Art: Elkins Park, PA
Teaching Assistant: Fabric Pattern & Image (Lori Glessner) Tyler School of Art: Elkins Park, PA

2007
Teaching Assistant: Woven Structure I & II (Rebecca Medel) Tyler School of Art: Elkins Park, PA
Teaching Assistant: Silkscreen on Fabric I (Lori Glessner) Tyler School of Art: Elkins Park, PA
Teaching Assistant: Intermediate and Advanced Weaving (Ann Wessmann) Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Boston, MA