In 2010, Erin Schalk graduated with her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter she lived in Okinawa, Japan 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 overseas, she worked as an artist and educator within the communities of Okinawa City, Awase and Ginowan, as well as Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul.
Schalk 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 in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Since attending SAIC, her work has expanded from her past paintings and drawings into the disciplines of video, performance and poetry. She continues to regularly publish her non-fiction writing and poems.
More information may be found in the following:
- Short CV (full CV is available upon request)