The sense of belonging to a particular landscape and community has always been present in my work. So far, I’ve lived at twenty-one different addresses, not including the separate list of places where my dad lived after my parents’ divorce. Transitioning between my parents’ houses for years left me with a keen ability to make a space my own. I also developed a distinct distaste for waiting, and a desire to stay put.

 

In each place I’ve lived, I’ve put down roots no matter how temporary the address.

 

When I was in kindergarten in Peterborough, each day we would go play outside, or if it was raining we played in the amazing red barn. Mrs. Brous had the barn set up in an oval, with a “track” for our tricycles and pogo sticks. In the center were cardboard houses, shops, and other structures, our own little community. I loved that barn and I loved kindergarten. I belonged there.

 

For six weeks each summer, I traveled to Ireland with my dad and my brother, to the house he bought for 6,000 dollars. I would pack my clothes, and enough stuff to “outfit” my room like a bowerbird--cassettes, art supplies, photos, an empty bottle of White Linen, which then was my mother’s perfume.

 

When I was 29, I inadvertently moved back home. I moved to a drafty house where it felt like I was heating a tent, but I had a roaring fire every night in my beautiful fireplace. I slept with a hat on in winter and couldn’t use the oven because of the mice, my studio was the sunny glassed-in front porch, and I had an outdoor shower, which I loved. Here I learned to garden with my mom, by making lots of mistakes, and was reminded of what life in a small town is like.

 

Throughout my career I’ve been creating private and public spaces within “galleries” that invite visitors to think about their own idea of home and the architecture or landscape associated with it. The work for this exhibit started with a simple writing assignment I completed in 2008 that listed all the addresses where I’ve lived. I started a taxonomy of images based on ten of the locations, which resulted in one hundred pieces of work. In these new pieces, I am exploring the abstracted memories, sounds, and smells of these places. I am considering landscape, the things we carry, the memories of the people at these addresses, and what I would bring with me if I had to leave my home suddenly.

 

I think often about the place I might live in the future.

 

Erin Sweeney

2019

OWNER/OPERATOR, Lovely in the Home Press, Peterborough, New Hampshire

2009-present

 

EDUCATION

2009        MASTER OF FINE ARTS, Book Arts/Printmaking                           

                  The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
1994         BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, Sculpture                                                                                   
                  Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

 

RELATED STUDY

2019        DROP FORGE & TOOL, Hudson, New York

                Make Your Own Garment with Cal Patch (February and September)

2018        NORTH COUNTRY STUDIO WORKSHOPS, Bennington College, Vermont

                Paper Structures with Hedi Kyle (studio assistant)

2016        NORTH COUNTRY STUDIO WORKSHOPS, Bennington College, Vermont

                Greek and Centipede Binding with Daniel Essig

2012         PAPER AND BOOK INTENSIVE, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan

2007        NORTH COUNTRY STUDIO WORKSHOPS, Bennington College, Vermont
                 Concrete Sculpture with Lynn DiNino
2006        PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Penland, North Carolina   
                 Altered Books with Aimee Joyaux
                ART NEWENGLAND, Bennington College, Vermont   
                Low Tech Printmaking with Jim Cambronne
                Book Arts: Merging Old with New with Valerie Carrigan
2005       ART NEWENGLAND, Bennington College, Vermont   
                Sculptural Boxed Memories with Stephanie Stigliano

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019         ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, New England College, Henniker and Manchester, New Hampshire

2018-19    CHAIR, Foundations, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

2016-        FACULTY, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

2013-16     ADJUNCT FACULTY, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

2013-14     ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts

2014          BOOK ARTS INSTRUCTOR, North Bennett Street School, Boston, Massachusetts

2013          VISITING ARTIST, Pittsfield Elementary School, Pittsfield, New Hampshire

2012          VISITING ARTIST, Maine College of Art

2011           RESIDENT ARTIST, Rye Elementary School, Rye, New Hampshire
2011           RESIDENT ARTIST, Harold Martin and Maple Street Schools, Hopkinton, New  Hampshire
2011           VISITING ARTIST, Green Meadow School, Maynard, Massachusetts
2011           VISITING ARTIST, Bath Village School, Bath, New Hampshire
2010          VISITING ARTIST, New Boston Central School, New Boston, New Hampshire
2010          VISITING ARTIST, Josiah Haynes School, Sudbury, Massachusetts
2010          VISITING ARTIST, Montserrat College, Beverly, Massachusetts
2010          DEMONSTRATOR, Southern Graphics Council Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009         TEACHING ASSISTANT for Carol Barton and Jude Robison, Book Structures

                  The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2008         TEACHING ASSISTANT for Marisha Simons, Letterpress Printing, Denise Carbone, Bookbinding Methods, Laurel Schwass-                     Drew, Screenprinting, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                 TEACHING ASSISTANT for Hedi Kyle, Book as Structure, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine 

2004-       BOOK ARTS WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR, Lovely in The Home Press, Peterborough, New Hampshire                      

                              Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire
                              Philadelphia Center for the Book, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania             
                              Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts
                              Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                              Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio
                              Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey
                              NH Art Educator’s Conferences, Franconia and Laconia, New Hampshire
                              Cló Ceardlann Na Gnoc, Donegal, Ireland
                              Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire
                              Stone House, USM’s Summer Book Arts Intensive, Freeport, Maine

                              Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts

                              Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

                              New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

                              The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                              Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio

                              JustAJar Design Press, Marietta, Ohio

                              Pickwick Independent Press, Portland, Maine

                              Book Arts Guild, Burlington, Vermont

                              Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

                              Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson, New York

                              Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

                              Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington

                              Monson Arts, Monson, Maine

 

LECTURES AND TALKS

2011-2014   Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts

2012             Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

2012             Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

2013             Kate Cheney Chappell Center for the Book at University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

2014             Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio

2015             Teti Library, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

2016             Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

2017             NHIA's MFA Programs Pecha Kucha, Manchester, New Hampshire

2018             College Book Arts Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019             Monson Arts, Monson, Maine

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

THE PHILADELPHIA FREE LIBRARY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ERIC KUNSMAN, Booksmart Studio, NY
BRIDWELL LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, Louisville, Kentucky

KATE CHENEY CHAPPELL '83 CENTER FOR THE BOOK, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

TETI LIBRARY, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Invitational

2019           A NEW TERRAIN, Erin Sweeney, Lyceum Gallery, Derryfield School, Manchester, New Hampshire

2019           EXPLODING THE CODEX: BOOK ARTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University

2019           ART...A FAMILY AFFAIR, Depot Square Gallery, Peterborough, New Hampshire

2019           VARIATIONS OF THE ARTIST BOOK: Philadelphia Center for the Book Member Exhibition, City Hall, Philadelphia,                                     Pennsylvania

2019           ON BOOKS, Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine

2018           FORTY-TWO HOMES, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire

                   HOME AND AWAY, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire

                   DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Joseph Paxton Gallery, Canton, Ohio

2017            CULTURE SHOCK, Jupiter Hall, Manchester, New Hampshire

                   GROWING UP GIRL, Roger Williams Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

2016            LITTLE LEXICONS, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                   CONTEMPORARY BOOK ARTS: 100+ Works in the LLC, St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

2015            ARCHITECTURAL INNOVATIONS: CELEBRATING THE STRUCTURES OF HEDI KYLE, The University of the Arts, 

                   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                   IDEATION EXPERIENCE, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado

                   STRUCTURES AND STORIES: CONTEMPORARY BOOK ARTS in the ArtMobile, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

                   BOUND, LOOPED, STITCHED AND PINNED, Carroll House Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire

                   MY CRUMMY VALENTINE, Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio

                   MINIS ON MAIN, 30 Main Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire (co-curator)

2014            MINIS ON MAIN, 30 Main Street, Peterborough, New Hamphsire (co-curator)

                   RECENT AND PAST WORKS: ALUMNAE & TEACHING ASSISTANTS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania     

2013           ERIN SWEENEY: PRESERVATION, The Gallery at WREN, Bethlehem, New Hampshire

                   MINIS ON MAIN, 30 Main Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire (co-curator)

                   CON(TEXT), Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hamphsire

                   NATIVITY, Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio

                   A SENSE OF PLACE, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, New Hampshire

                   WANDERING MINDS, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire

                   NARRATIVE THREADS, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado

                   FASHIONABLE BOOKS, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
                   PROCESS AND PLACE, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
2012            KATHY FEIGHERY AND ERIN SWEENEY: IT’S BEEN A FEW YEARS, Isaac Dyer Galleries, Gorham, Maine
                   PRINTIVALE!, Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio (guest curator)
                   PRINTIVALE!, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire (guest curator)
                   READING, WRITING AND DEFINING: USM BOOK ARTS AT STONE HOUSE FACULTY EXHIBITION, USM,

                   Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
                   SMALL FAVORS, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  ILSSA: EVERY DAY WORK, Hammes Gallery, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana
2011            MANNICON, Anderson Creative, Canton, Ohio
                   EXQUISITE CORPSE, Anderson Creative, Canton, Ohio
                   THE ART OF THE BOOK: SIXTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF HANDMADE AND ALTERED ARTIST’S BOOKS,

                   Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California
                   HOME::RUMINATIONS ON PLACE(MENT), Anderson Creative, Canton, Ohio
2010           2D OR NOT 2D: ART INSPIRED BY POETRY, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire
                  UNBOUND: A NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF BOOK ART, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts,

                   Walnut Creek, California
                   THE ART OF THE BOOK: FIFTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF HANDMADE AND ALTERED ARTIST’S BOOKS,

                   Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California
                   DEMOCRATIC MULTIPLES, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009          HOME SWEET HOME, Off The Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  THE ART OF THE BOOK: FOURTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF HANDMADE  AND ALTERED ARTIST BOOKS,

                   Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California
2008          EMERGING ARTISTS DECEMBER EXHIBITION, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  HOME AND RETREAT, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire 
                  FACULTY AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS’ WORK, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
                  THE ART OF THE BOOK: A COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION OF NEW ARTISTS,

                   Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, California

Juried

2019          TANGIBLE ASSETS, Kelley Stelling Contemporary, Manchester, New Hampshire

2018          UNBOUND VIII, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont (Juror's Choice Award)

2017           BUILT, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2015           FLOCK 2015, Flock Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire

                  SELF-PORTRAITS, Verge Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire

                  ARTISTS' BOOK CORNUCOPIA VI, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2014           UNBOUND, VOL. IV, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont

                  79th REGIONAL EXHIBITION, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

2013           78th REGIONAL EXHIBITION, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

2012           ARTISTS’ BOOK CORNUCOPIA III, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2011            BLIND DATE, Anderson Creative, Canton, Ohio
2010           INVENTIVE STRUCTURES: BOOKS BEYOND THE CODEX, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut
                  GRANDE, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Branchburg, New Jersey
2009          UP & COMING PRINTMAKERS, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
                  GREEN, Off The Wall Gallery, Dirty Frank’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006          FIRST NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, UCSD Libraries, La Jolla, California
                  CHOOSE TO REUSE: BEAUTY IN BUILDING MATERIALS, JP ArtMarket, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
                  SMALL WORKS, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York Group

Group

2019         FRAMEWORKS, Unrequited Leisure, Nashville, Tennessee

2019         BITCH SALAD: 25 YEARS, Knitting Nook, Portland, Maine

2013          AL-MUTANABBI STREET STARTS HERE, Center for the Book, New York, New York

2012          PROJECT MYWAY, Launch Art, Peterborough, New Hampshire (co-curator)
2011          PROJECT MYWAY, Launch Art, Peterborough, New Hampshire (co-curator)
2009         M.F.A. THESIS EXHIBITION, Skybox Gallery, 2424 Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008         THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, Topstitch, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                 ARE WE THERE YET?, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                 MISTAKES WERE MADE, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                 THE GREAT MFA KIT EXCHANGE, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007         BROADSIDE BATTLE, Space 1026, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
                 BOOK IN A WEEK, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005         GRAND RE-OPENING, Front Room Gallery, South Portland, Maine



COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCES

2018           REALISTIC JONESES (set design), Peterborough, New Hampshire

2015           GOOD DIRT, Farms across Vermont and New Hampshire

2012           THE DESTINATION, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, Vermont

2011            Self-ADDRESSED, University of Vermont, Burlington
                   Self-ADDRESSED, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire
2010           SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AN EXPLORATION OF THE SOLO PIECE, Flynnspace, Burlington, Vermont

RESIDENCIES

2019           IN CAHOOTS, Petaluma, California

2018           AIR AIR, Atlanta, Georgia

                   NORTH MOUNTAIN, Shanghai, West Virginia

2017           DROP FORGE & TOOL, Hudson, New York

2016           DROP FORGE & TOOL, Hudson, New York

2011            MAINE COLLEGE OF ART’S PACE HOUSE RESIDENCY, Stonington, Maine
2011            CLÓ CEARDLANN NA GNOC, Donegal, Ireland



PRINT EXCHANGES

2017          NOISE, NHIA, Manchester, New Hampshire

2016          MIGRATION, Damsel in the Press, Missouri

2012          PRINTIVALE!, Peterborough, New Hampshire
2011           20:20, Hot Bed Press, Salford, England
2011           WEATHER PATTERNS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010          THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009          THE ROBERT F. LOONEY PRINT EXCHANGE, The Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
2008          COLORFUL CHARACTERS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 



PROFESSIONAL SERVICES/COMMUNITY SERVICE

2016-         PLANNING COMMITTEE, North Country Studio Workshops, New Hampshire 

2010-12     BOARD OF TRUSTEES, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire
2007-14     BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, Peterborough, New Hampshire

2004-07    BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, Peterborough, New  Hampshire
2004-07    BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Children In The Arts, Peterborough, New Hampshire



PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Maine College of Art’s Alumni Council

Impractical Labor in the Service of the Speculative Arts: www.impractical-labor.org

State of New Hampshire Certified K-12 Art Educator, License Number: 53126

 

JURYING

2013        UNBOUND, VOL III, ArtistTree Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont



AWARDS

2019           RUTH AND JAMES EWING AWARD, Excellence in the Arts, 3D Category, Keene, New Hampshire

2018           JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont

2012           BRIDWELL LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE PURCHASE AWARD, Louisville, Kentucky
2009          THE ELIZABETH C. ROBERTS PRIZE FOR GRADUATE BOOK ARTS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008          HARRY EABY/PICCARI PRESS SCHOLARSHIP, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008          TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP SCHOLARSHIP, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
2007-09    GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006-07    WORKSTUDY SCHOLARSHIPS, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North  Carolina



PUBLICATIONS

1,000 ARTISTS’ BOOKS by Sandra Salamony and Peter and Donna Thomas
THREAD LOVES PAPER by Emily Marks

500 HANDMADE BOOKS, VOLUME 2 by Lark Books

                     

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