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About Erika Cespedes

Erika CespedesEver since Erika can remember her passion has been art. Not knowing as a child that she was going to become a photographer, she carried a small toy camera everywhere she went. During her years at the British School of Costa Rica she was involved in art projects and small 3D installations throughout the school.

Her first formal photography class was in high school after moving from Costa Rica to Florida. Later on, she attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she obtained an Associates of Science degree in commercial photography and graduated with “Best Portfolio.” Erika relocated to Illinois where she enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago in order to complete her bachelor’s degree. During this time, her work transitioned from commercial to fine art photography, which allowed her to have a much deeper and more personal connection with her photographic career. Fine art photography allowed her to explore her subconscious, and to create meaningful imagery. During her years in Chicago Erika exhibited work in local art galleries; she was commissioned several times by Pearson Publishing to create images for their culinary books which allowed her to collaborate with award winning chefs, sommeliers and writers.

Erika and her son relocated to West Palm Beach, FL in 2014. She was immediately hired as a teaching artist for the Norton Museum of Art and in 2015 she became part of the photography department at the prestigious Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts as an Artist in Residence, while finalizing her Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography at the Academy of Art University. She relocated to Salt Lake City in 2017, where she continues to exhibit work nationwide, helps with program management at a local non-profit and teaches photography at one of Utah’s universities while raising her son along with her partner. Erika is currently represented by UPA Gallery located in Tampa, FL.

Education

2016 MFA Photography Academy of Art University San Francisco
2011 BFA Photography Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
2004 AS Photography Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Teaching & Work Experience

2018 - current Photography Professor for the Lifelong Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
2018 - current Programs Manager & Teaching Artist, Bad Dog Art Studio, Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 - current Teaching Artist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City, Utah
2004 - current Self-employed commercial and fine art photographer
2015 - 2017 Artist in Residence - Photography, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
2014 - 2017 Teaching Artist, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
2011 - 2013 Teaching Artist, Art Reach at Lillstreet, Chicago, Illinois
2010 - 2011 Professor Assistant, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Curatorial Work

2018 Continuum WPB 2018, Pop Up Gallery, Lead Curator for Young Masters, West Palm Beach, FL
2017 Picture Perfection, Marjorie Fisher Gallery, Coordinator & Guest Curator, West Palm Beach, FL
2017 Continuum WPB 2017, Pop Up Gallery, Guest Curator for Young Masters West Palm Beach, Florida
2016 A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Senior Art Show, Curator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Forida
2015 A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Senior Art Show, Curator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

Publications

2017 "The Beverage Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits"
4th Edition - Pearson Publishing - Albert Schmidt & John Peter Laloganes, Print
2011 "The Beverage Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits"
3rd Edition – Pearson Publishing - Albert Schmidt & John Peter Laloganes, Print
Award Winner of the Gourmand Award for Best Wine Book for Professionals in the USA 2012
2011 "The Menu development, Strategy and Application"
Pearson Publishing - David Barrish, Print
2011 "The World of Culinary Management leadership and development of Human Resources"
Pearson Publishing – Jerald W. Chesser & Noel C. Cullen, Print
2011 "Foundations of Cost Control"
Pearson Publishing - Daniel Traster, Print

Group Exhibitions

2018 Anniversary Invitational, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Tampa, Florida
2018 33rd Annual Spiritual & Religious Show, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2018 DAC Anniversary, Downtown Artist Collective Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
2018 Play with Your Food, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida
2018 94th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2017 me.exhibition, The Box Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
2017 National Juried Photography Art Exhibition, Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia
2017 Untamed, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2017 Art Synergy, Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida
2017 XxX, Cultural Council of Palm Beach Council Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida
2017 Continuum WPB Arts 2017- Pop Up Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
2016 Doll Parts, Resource Depot GalleRE, West Palm Beach, Florida
2016 Photography Invitational, Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
2016 Speak their Names, Flamingo Clay Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida
2016 What’s Your Elephant? 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2016 Spring Show 2016, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco, California
2016 Art Synergy, Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida
2016 Collaborations and Mix Mediums, Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
2016 artBRAVO! Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2015 Art Is… 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2015 2015 All Media Biennial, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida
2015 Art at the Airport, Art In Public Places, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach, Florida
2015 Inside-Out Art as Healing Therapy, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2015 Art = Antidote to Hate, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2015 Icon 5th Annual Women Art Show, Pride Center, Wilton Manors, Florida
2015 artBRAVO!, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2014 Spring Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, Illinois
2013 Exposed, Side Street Studios, Elgin, Illinois
2013 Copy.right?, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2012 Halloween Dreams, Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana
2011 Untitled, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2011 Intimacy & Voyeurism, 4 Art Inc., Chicago, Illinois
2011 Imagine, 4 Art Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Awards

2017 Juror’s Choice Award -Carolyn Russo, 2017 National Juries Photography Exhibition, Academy Center of the Arts
2017 Educator Silver Medal for the Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards
2017 Juror’s Choice Established Artist- Bruce Helander, XxX Exhbition Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
2017 Silver “Joe” Award Second Best in Show Presented by Talent Joe, Continuum WPB Arts
2015 Art in Public Places, Palm Beach County, Third Place in Show
2014 Dean’s Honor Roll Illinois Institute of Art Chicago, Magna Cum Laude
2011 Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Graduation, Best Portfolio in Show

Bibliography

Norton Museum of Art Summer Collaborative - Architecture, 2017 Video
Linda Haase, Norton’s after-school program takes art into community, Sun-Sentinel, August 16, 2017, Web & Print 📎
Norton Museum of Art Summer Collaborative - Everglades, 2015 Video
Phillip Valys, In Wilton Manors, World-Changing Women, Sun-Sentinel, March 22, 2015, Web & Print 📎
Sarah Stankey, Favorite Photographs of 2012, Lenscratch.com, January 1, 2013, www.lenscratch.com, Web 📎

Other

2018 Member of the Downtown Artist Collective 📎
2018 UPA Gallery - Selected Artist representation 📎
2018 Member of UGLCC- Utah 📎
2017 Guest Teaching Artist, Bailey Contemporary Arts Gallery, Alternative Photography Processing Workshop
2017 Adobe Associate Certified PS
2017 Continuum Arts WPB 2018 Arts Committee Member
2017 Artist Member Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
2016 Substitute Teacher Certification k-12 Florida
2015 Lead artist for community mural design for Gray Mockingbird Community Garden
2015 Artist Member Art Serve Fort Lauderdale, Florida