Biography

Erin Fostel (b.1981, Baltimore, MD) spent the first few years of life navigating the world with blurred vision. Since the moment she first wore glasses, seeing things in focus for the very first time, she has been consumed with the joy of observation and a love of drawing. In 2004, she received a BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions both in the Mid-Atlantic Region and nationally. She is a past winner of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and a Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Travel Prize. Her drawings have been included in local and international publications, as well as private and institutional collections. Her studio is based in Baltimore, MD.

Photograph by Ana Tantaros

Artist Statement

I create meticulous drawings that invite people to consider their connection to the physical spaces they inhabit. Using photographs for reference, I engage in intense observation. Through the persistence and repetition of marking, smudging and erasing charcoal, I am dedicated to transcribing what I see, but aiming to make something unseen visible. I depict the urban landscapes of cities, the wild landscapes of nature, and the private interiors of home. After experiencing the loss of a loved one I have become consumed by the interplay of presence and absence. I am trying to capture the fragility and impermanence of life by making tender drawings of the environments we inhabit while living that life.

Curriculum Vitae
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EDUCATION
2004
BFA in Drawing
Maryland Institute College of Art
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021
Tuttle Gallery, Owings Mills, MD
The Shed, Baltimore, MD
2020
City Hall North Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2019
Katz Gallery, Friends School, Baltimore, MD
2018
Marketview Arts, York College, York, PA
2017

Terrault Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College,

Baltimore, MD

The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

GRANTS
2019
Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Award
2018
Municipal Art Society of
Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize
COLLECTIONS

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Internet Testing Systems

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Artist in Residence

 

       McDonough School

 

       Friends School of Baltimore

Visiting Artist

 

       The Walters Art Museum

 

       Franklin and Marshall College

 

       Maryland Institute College of Art

 

       Park School of Baltimore

 

       Towson State University

Lecture

 

       Creative Mornings Baltimore

 

       Park School of Baltimore

Performance

 

       Creative Alliance

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, AL
2020

Carroll Museum, Baltimore, MD

Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2019

Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2018

Maryland Institute College of Art,

Baltimore, MD

Hickok Cole, Washington, DC

2017

SpaceCamp, Baltimore MD

2015

Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2013

School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD

2012

Randall Scott Projects, Washington, DC

2011

Hodson Gallery, Tatem Arts Center, Hood College, Frederick, MD

Goucher College, Silber Gallery, Baltimore, MD

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"Living with Art," by Nora Belblidia, BmoreArt Magazine Issue #10

"60wrd/min COVID Edition: Erin Fostel, Shayna Miller, Dear Gaza, Morgan Sims, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Rana Siegel," by Lori Waxman, Newcity Art

"Rights and Wrongs Exhibition Examines the Ongoing Struggle for Suffrage," by Suzy Kopf, BmoreArt

The Hopper Prize Journal, https://hopperprize.org/erin-fostel-interview/

"Winning the Travel Grant," by Cara Ober, BmoreArt 
"4/4/4 Graphite," by Amy Boone-McCreesh, Inertia Studio Visits
"The Weight of Absence," by Matthew Connelly, BmoreArt

"Art shopping with An Edge," Baltimore Magazine, December issue

Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing, by Marc Valli and

Ana Ibarra, Laurence King

“Big Drawing as Performance," Elephant Magazine Issue #10, by Ana Ibarra and Marc Valli

International Drawing Annual 7, by Jason Franz, Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center