Eric Tomberlin

Associate Professor of Art

Contact Information

  • 828-258-7722
  • 108 Owen Hall

Eric Tomberlin joined the Department of Art in 2010, moving to Asheville from Seattle, WA, where he was a tenured teaching faculty for the past five years.  He has also worked as a professional photographer based out of New York City and was a founding faculty member of the Light and Life Academy, Ootacamend, India. With exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, he enjoys extending the work through artist talks, and has been invited to speak at numerous venues.


  • MFA, Studio Art: Photography, Minor in Art History
    University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Color Technology
    Brooks Institute of Photography
  • Liberal Arts Core, Guilford College

Courses Taught

  • ART 122 Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 264 Photography I
  • ART 364 Photography II
  • ART 366 Photography III
  • ART 367 Photographic Lab Management
  • ART 464 Photography IV
  • ART 490 Senior Exhibition I
  • ART 491 Senior Exhibition II
  • ART 492 Senior Exhibition III
  • ARTS 310 Photographic Theory and Practice

Recent Exhibitions and Publications (2007-present)

Selected Exhibitions

  • The Fourth Image: International Photography Fair, l’Espace des Blancs-Manteaux in the Marais, Paris, France. Jurors: Anne Cartier-Bresson, Administrator, Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and of the French Society of Photography; Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-chief Polka, Parisian photojournalism magazine; Jean-Yves Langlais, Director of the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris; Jyrki Parantainen, Professor of photographic art in Helsinki (2015)
  • Photo Annual Awards, Czech Republic, online. Jurors: Tomáš Pospiszyl: Critic, curator and art historian, former curator at The National Gallery in Prague; Jiří Jaskmanický: Director of the Czech Center of Photography; Radek Burda: Editor-in-Chief of biweekly Art Photo Magazine (2012)2015 Top 40: Digital Art and Photography, international juried exhibition. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Curating Juror: Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Curator of Exhibitions, California Museum of Photography (2015)
  • Kolga Award Exhibition, international juried exhibition. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Week 2015. Tbilisi, Democratic Republic of Georgia (2015)
  • Art of Our Century, national juried exhibition, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT. Juror: John Sproul (2014)
  • From Virtual to Actual II, invitational exhibition, Viridian Artists Gallery, NYC. Curator: Vernita Nemec (2014)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, The University of North Carolina Asheville (2014)
  • Life - Final Call, international juried exhibition, Life Framer London, United Kingdom (2014)
  • The Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition international juried exhibition, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA (2014)
  • Way of Nature /Way of Grace, invitational exhibition, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC (2013)
  • Photography and Environmental Concern, national juried exhibition, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Juror: Kate Ware, Curator of Photographs, New Mexico Museum of Art (2013)
  • Cities: All Dimensions, international juried exhibition, Tokarska Gallery, London, United Kingdom. Juror: Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska, Gallery Director (2013)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, The University of North Carolina Asheville (2013)
  • 37th Annual Spiva Photographic Exhibition, national juried exhibition, George A. Spiva Center or the Arts, Joplin, MO. Juror: Natasha Egan, Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (2013)
  • Midwest Center for Photography’s Juried Exhibition, Wichita, KS. Juror: Linda Robinson, Gallery Director  (2012)
  • Armstrong National 2-D Competition, national juried group exhibition, Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, GA.  Juror: Sean Greene, artist (2012)
  • National Exposure Revisited, national juried photo exhibition Arc Gallery, Chicago. Juror: Charles Osgood, artist (2012)
  • Off the Cuff, international juried group show. Gordon Parks Gallery, St. Paul, MN. Juror: Madeline Yale  (2012)
  • A Sense of Place 2012, national juried exhibition, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA. Juror: Nancy Solomon, Director of Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia (2012)
  • PHOTOcentric 2012, international juried exhibition, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. Jurors: Elizabeth Opalenik, alternative process artist Robert Mann, owner Robert Mann Gallery, NY (2012)
  • 23rd Annual International Juried Exhibition. Viridian Artists: A Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, NY. Juror: Chrissie Iles, Curator, the Whitney Museum of American Art (2012)
  • Photowork '12: Twenty-Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Juror: Susan Thompson of the Guggenheim Museum (2012)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition The University of North Carolina Asheville (2012)
  • National Juried Competition 2012: Digital Works, Long Island Beach Foundation, Loveladies, N.J Juror: Christiane Paul, Director of the Media Studies Graduate Program at the New School in New York, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2012)
  • The Epson International Pano Awards, online Epson Inc., Adelaide, Australia (2012)
  • The Calm Before the Storm, invitational four-person show, The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, NC. Curator: Dennis Kiel (2012)
  • NC Artists Exhibition, juried group show, Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC, juror: Mark Sloan, Senior Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (2012)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, group show, The University of North Carolina Asheville (2012)
  • 18th Annual Texas National, group show, Steven F Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, juried by art critic, Dave Hickey (2012)
  • Environmental Photography Exhibition, The Colorado Environmental Film Festival, national juried group show, The American Mountaineering Museum, Golden, Colorado, jury:  Kim Hubbard, Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic; Wendy Erickson, Editor for Photo Technique Magazine; Stephen Weaver, Earth Systems Imaging (2012)
  • Contemporary South, Visual Art Exchange, regional juried group, Raleigh, NC, juror: Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art (2012)
  • Intimate Landscape, juried book collaborative project between writers and visual artists, juror: Karen Irvine, Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago IL, (2012)
  • Off the Cuff, international juried group show, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN, juror: Madeline Yale (2012)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, group show, The University of North Carolina Asheville (2011)
  • Art in Nature, international juried group show,The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, juror: Nick Brandt, author: On This Earth and A Shadow Falls (2011)
  • Focus on Photography, invitational group show, Artistry Workshops and Gallery Greenville, SC (2011)
  • Invitational Exhibition for Presidential Visit, group show, Pisgah House, Asheville, NC (2011)
  • Annual Faculty Exhibition, group show, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC (2010)
  • Photo Spiva, 34th National Photography Competition and Exhibition, national juried group show, Joplin, MO. (2010)
  • Architecture, group show, Gallery 511, Lake Placid, New York (2009)
  • Massification Project, solo show, Highline Community CollegeDes Moines, Washington (2009)
  • Works on Paper, group show, Gallery 511, Lake Placid, New York (2008)
  • Less is More, group show, Gallery 511, New York, New York (2008)
  • Personal Visions: Exhibition by American Professors, group show,Nanjing Art Institute, curator, Sam Wang,Nanjing, China (2007)

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