Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2003, MFA
Eric R. Nichols, born in Bethesda, Maryland, spent his early childhood in Decatur, Illinois and moved to St. Louis in 1985. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As an educator, Eric has taught ceramics, sculpture, design II, III and IV for St. Louis Community College. Eric also participated in the development of a shade shelter sculpture known as “Community Leaf”, designed for the St. Louis Science Center during the 2007 St. Louis Art Works summer program. Eric has created and installed numerous public and private art commissions, and has participated in national and international juried, group and solo exhibitions. Eric was awarded an artist grant from the Kansas City Artist Coalition to study at the International ceramics studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. During his travels, a cultivation of new ideas and worldly views influenced his work. Eric was able to work with students from the University of West Hungary, Sopron, sharing artistic theory and practice. At the same time, he worked alongside Jim Leedy, an Internationally known, American Sculptor, along with educators and professional artists from around the world. Most recently, Eric became a finalist for the second season of the Bravo television show “Work of Art, The Next Great Artist”!
Eric is currently living and working in the Benton Park area near the thriving Cherokee Arts District. His current work is mixed media on paper and panel. Layering two and three-dimensional imagery, Eric formulates transitions to cohesively execute unified compositions. The imagery in his work is not planned, it is discovered through the layering process of shape, line, form and color. Ultimately, Eric is striving for an organic continuity to a mechanical thought process.