Erin Holscher Almazan

Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Visual Arts

Profile

Erin Holscher Almazan is an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at the University of Dayton. Erin is a native of North Dakota. She received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York. She taught as an Adjunct Instructor in Foundations at Rochester Institute of Technology prior to teaching at the University of Dayton. She has completed two printmaking residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Erin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has recently been included in exhibitions in connection with the Southern Graphics Printmaking Council and the Mid-America Print Council, both of which she is a member. Erin is also an active member of the Dayton art and printmaking community. She resides in Dayton with her husband and two sons. 

Faculty Perspective

My current work examines the evolution of personal identity. I am continually fascinated and perplexed by how we perceive ourselves, both apart from and within relationships. My roles, particularly those as partner and as parent, continually urge me to pause and reflect on a malleable identity also shaped by work, inheritance and history. I strive to communicate acceptance, routine, struggle, empathy and repetition, as I see these as significant designs of domestic life. I create drawings and prints that reflect these variant interests.

I also have a deep interest in the health and safety of our students, therefore the printmaking studio at the University of Dayton is a safer, less toxic environment than a traditional printmaking studio. I have worked to maintain traditional methodologies and incorporate less toxic processes into the printmaking curriculum, so as to give students an understanding of historical and contemporary printmaking.

Degrees

  • M.F.A. in Printmaking, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • B.F.A. in Fine Arts, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Research Interests

  • Drawing
  • Intaglio Printmaking
  • Non-toxic Printmaking
  • Figurative Art
  • Feminist Art
  • Portraiture/Self-Portraiture

Selected Publications

“The Contemporary Printmaker.”  Howard, Keith. Write-Cross Press. New York. 2003.

“Repeat till Fade.”  Printmaking Today. Cello Press, Ltd. UH. 2003.

Selected Exhibitions

2012

Carrie Longley and Erin Holscher Almazan, St. Francis University, Fort Wayne, IN.

Character Studies:  Juried Member’s Exhibition, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH, Juror: Issa Randall.

2011

East/West Portfolio Exhibition, Central Connecticut University.

East/West Portfolio Exhibition, University of Central Florida.

Prints USA 2011, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.          

MAPC Annual Juried Member’s Exhibition, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.          

DVAC Annual Member’s Show:  Light, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH.      

DSPS 6th Annual Printmaker’s Show, 48 High Street Gallery, Dayton, OH.

The Naturalists: Work by Francis Schanberger, Erin Holscher Almazan and Diane Stemper, Ohio Arts League Gallery, Columbus, OH.

Gallery III Group 4 Exhibition, Foundry Arts Centre, St. Charles, MO.

Works on Paper 2011, Rosewood Center Art Gallery, Kettering, OH.

2010

Configuration, Altoona Heritage Discovery Center Gallery, Altoona, PA.

Paper Dolls II, NVision Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

Inaugural Exhibition, K-12 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

Sangfroid Invitational Exhibition, At Peace Massage and Wellness Center, Dayton, OH. Curated by Amy Kollar Anderson, Director, Rosewood Arts Center Gallery, Kettering, OH.

LadyFest Dayton, c{space Gallery, Dayton, OH.

Amy Lucille McLaren, Erin Holscher Almazan and Chris Kanyusik, Windsor Whip Works Gallery, Windsor, NY.

DSPS 5th Annual Printmaker’s Show, 48 High Street Gallery, Dayton, OH (regional exhibition).      

Darkness:  Annual DVAC Member’s Show, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH.

Works on Paper 2010, Rosewood Arts Center Gallery, Dayton, OH.  

Four Ohio Print Cooperatives, Zygote Press Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

House/Home:  Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OH.

Collective Ink, Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH.

Collective Ink, Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH.

2009

Mid-American Print Council Juried Member’s Exhibition, The University of Southern Indiana, Juror:  Janet Ballweg (juried exhibition).

“. . .in bed”, Solo Short Show, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH.

Creative Soul of Dayton, Armory Building, Dayton, OH.

DVAC Annual Member’s Show, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH.          

Marked Observations, Link Gallery, Dayton, OH (three person exhibition).          

Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibition, Juror:  Warrington Colescott.

Assemblage: A Group Exhibition of Work by Six UD Visual Art Faculty Members, Marianist Hall, University of Dayton, OH.  

Works on Paper 2009, Rosewood Arts Center Gallery, Dayton, OH (juried exhibition).  

Lineweight:  A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, Curator: Aaron Fine (juried exhibition).

2008

DVAC Juried Members Exhibition, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH, Juror: Christopher Ryan (juried exhibition).

Enveloped, But Wide Open:  New Drawings and Prints by Erin Holscher Almazan and Amy Lucille McLaren, The Green Gate Gallery, Honeyoe Falls, NY (two-person exhibition).

a-muse:  New Work by DAI Instructors and their Students, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH (invitational exhibition).

DSPS 3rd Annual Printmaker’s Show, 48 High Street Gallery, Dayton, OH (regional exhibition). Kay Smith Memorial Award Best in Show, Juror:  Hal Shunk, Professor of Art/Gallery Director, Wilmington College.

16th Annual Mini Print Exhibition, Binghamton, NY (juried/traveling exhibition).

Dirty Fingernails Say it All II:  An Exhibition of Pure Printmaking, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, Juror:  Tony Crowley (juried exhibition). Gallery III Group 4 Exhibition Award.

Unchained, The Link Gallery, Dayton, OH (group exhibition).

Plant Life, Caladan Gallery, Boston, MA (on-line exhibition).              

4th Annual Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Competition, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach, FL.

.edu, An Exhibition of Dayton Area Arts Faculty, The Cannery, Dayton, OH.

2007

Erin Holscher Almazan, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (solo exhibition).

DSPS 2nd Annual Printmaker's Show, 48 High Street Gallery, Dayton, OH (regional exhibition). Juror:  Don Kelley, Professor of Art, University of Cincinnati. Kay Smith Memorial Award Best in Show.

DVAC 16th Annual Member's Show, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH. Juror:  Deb Washler, Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN. Award Winner.  

1st Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (juried exhibition).

National Printmaking Exhibition, Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN (juried exhibition). Award winner.

Erin Holscher, Coker College, Hartsville, SC (solo exhibition).              

Erin Holscher Almazan and Cedar Marie, Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN. (two-person exhibition).

2006

Playthings, Greenwich Gallery, Cincinnati, OH  (invitational exhibition).

A Sense of Place 2006, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia (juried exhibition).      

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Rike Center Gallery, University of Dayton, OH.

DSPS Printmaker's Show, 48 High Street Gallery, Dayton, OH  (regional, juried exhibition). Kay Smith Memorial Award Best in Show.

Washington Printmakers Small Works Printmaking Exhibition, Washington, DC (juried exhibition).

Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, University of Indianapolis, IN, Curator: Donna Adams (invitational exhibition).

Hidden Charms:  2nd Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Artstreet Gallery, University of Dayton.

2005

Non-Toxic Artforms:  New Work by Erin Holscher and Amy Williams, Art Mission Gallery, Binghamton, New York. (two-person exhibition).

National Photography Invitational, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida. Curator: George Blakely (invitational exhibition).

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Rike Center Gallery, University of Dayton, Ohio

Resonate:  Drawings by Erin Holscher with Poetry by Amber Andersen, The Beanery, in conjunction with the Jaques Art Center, Aitkin, MM. (solo exhibition).

Exposition Collective Centre Frans Masereel, Exhibiton of Works from the Frans Masereel Centrum, Engramme, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (group exhibition).

Induction, Works by John V. Clarke, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, and Erin Holscher, Rike Center Gallery, University of Dayton, Ohio.

2004

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Rike Center Gallery, University of Dayton, Ohio.

Grafiek op grens III (Printmaking on Frontiers), Selected Works from the Frans Masereel Centrum Print Collection, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium. (group exhibition).

National Non-Toxic Printmaking Invitational, Basile Exhibition Hall, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN. Curator: Cynthia Blasingham. (invitational exhibition).

Erin Holscher, School of the Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium. (solo exhibition).

Passages of Change, Contemporary Printmaking Exhibit, 1570 Gallery, 1570 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. (three-person exhibition).

Selected Presentations

2011

Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, Dayton, OH. Guest Presenter to members of DSPS at the Dayton Art Institute.

2010

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH. Workshop Instructor, Non-Toxic Monotype. Demonstrated monotype techniques with water-based inks.

2009

Dayton Printmakers Cooperative, Dayton, OH. Workshop Instructor. One day Mezzotint Workshop.

Link Gallery, Dayton, OH. Exhibiting Artist Presentation.

2008

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH. Workshop Instructor, Non-Toxic Monotype. One of workshop series held in conjunction with the exhibition "Limited Editions:  20th Century Prints from the Ponderosa Collection."

2007  

Dayton Visual Art Center, Dayton, OH. Guest Critic, hosted critique of work by local artists.

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. Guest Presenter, in conjunction with Solo Exhibition.

Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina. Visiting Artist, in conjunction with Solo Exhibition.

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota. Visiting Artist, in conjunction with Two-Person Exhibition.

2006

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH. Workshop Instructor, Safer Printmaking for Art Educators, Demonstrated safer printmaking techniques to Art Educators.

Wright State University, Dayton, OH. Guest Presenter and Demonstrator. Demonstrated acrylic resist etching techniques and presented personal work.

2005

Dayton Printmakers Cooperative, Dayton, OH. Guest Presenter and Demonstrator. Gave presentation on Frans Masereel Centrum residency program and experience; presented personal work created at Frans Masereel; demonstrated mezzotint intaglio technique.

2004

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Guest Presenter. Presented slides of personal work to Foundations Creative Sources class