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Esther Ervin

Seattle, WA

I am a contemporary visual artist, and jeweler, born in Somerville, New Jersey and now residing in Seattle, Washington after a circuitous migration. My studies at University of California, the American University of Beirut and California State University culminated in an MFA in Illustration with a bio-medical and sculptural emphasis. 

 

After a mediocre career in insurance and securities, and resettling my disabled mother in New Jersey, I was awarded a residency and a Gregory M. Robinson scholarship at Pratt Fine Arts Center where I studied jewelry and metalsmithing. I was also awarded a residency at the James W. Washington Foundation where I explored sculpture using found materials. I continue exploring new techniques, and work in several mediums, often focusing on environmental and political subjects and abstract works. 

 

Last year I finished installation of 18 commissioned pieces for the Liberty Bank building in Seattle. The works include four sandblasted glass canopy panels depicting the redlined Central District; three cast bronze salmon and 11 concrete, tile and wood benches. 

 

My jewelry has been exhibited in Beijing, China; Vilnius and Palanga, Lithuania and in Legnica and Gdansk, Poland.

 

While consistently generating and exhibiting jewelry and mixed-media work, I has curated over 50 exhibitions, been on local and out-of-state juries and attends conferences to network with her artistic peers.