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Artist Lecture: Staying Alive with Erika Diamond
September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Textile-focused conceptual artist Erika Diamond will give a free public lecture on her artwork and career on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4-5 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, 821 Riverside Dr., Asheville, with a reception to follow. Diamond is STEAM Studio’s “Maker in Residence” for the week of Sept 16-20.
Diamond received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her costumes have been commissioned by Charlotte Ballet. Residencies include McColl Center for Visual Art (NC); STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise (NC); Black Iris Gallery (VA); ABK Weaving Center (WI); and Platte Forum (CO). She received a Regional Artist Project Grant in 2015 from the Arts & Science Council of NC and a recent Adjunct Faculty Grant from VCU Arts to create new work using bulletproof Kevlar fabric. Diamond recently taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) in the Craft/Material Studies Department and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (CO). She spends her summers as Assistant Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution (NY).