Erin Schalk began her formal artistic training at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a BFA in Studio Art in 2010. Shortly thereafter she moved to Okinawa, Japan and remained on this subtropical island for three years. She became involved in the local artistic community where she participated in various island-wide exhibitions including Inspire Japan to benefit the victims of the devastating March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and Okiten, a juried event which has been held annually in Okinawa since the end of WWII. While in Japan, she lived and worked as an artist and educator within the communities of Okinawa City, Awase and Ginowan, as well as visited Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul.
While living abroad, she earned a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Maryland University College, Asian division with a primary focus in Japanese language and culture and a secondary focus in Chinese and Japanese history from the late 1800s through the 1980s. In addition, she has extensively studied the first wave of Japan's Gutai art movement of the 1950s.
She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since attending SAIC, her work has expanded from her past paintings and drawings into the disciplines of video, performance and poetry. Her poetry was recently published in Viator journal no. 2.
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