Erik Deerly is a visual and sound artist, composer, and Associate Professor of New Media at Indiana University Kokomo. His range of work includes sound, installation, video, text, photo, and Net.art. His work has exhibited across the US and in Asia and Europe. Reviews have been published in The Chicago Tribune and featured in ArtAscent, Émigré, and others. Awards include a SXSW 1st Place National Interactive Design Award, a Webby nomination, and a 2016 New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship Grant from Indiana University. He is the founder and Managing Editor of Burningword Literary Journal.

Erik’s work embraces and disseminates a wide variety of forms that umbrellas the human experience, vis-à-vis sound, visual, textual, and interactive work, used in an interdisciplinary fashion. Though the viewer may initially see his work as literal, further contemplation reveals an unapologetic statement relevant to the world at large—issues that exist, plague, destroy, devalue or oppress those who have no voice. Rendered in the medium that best suits the intended message of our everyday, mundane lives are depicted in subtle, often “beautifully” rendered images. These works, which may or may not include fictional or non-fictional unquestionable, authoritative text, mirrors an unspoken language that evokes a seminal experience, déjà vu, or connectedness to the content presented in the work. Though each series of work is created in vastly diverse mediums, there is an undeniable unspoken voice that intertwines a message—a message woven together with the realities of the world in which we live.

Education

2008                 Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
1985                 Bachelor of Music in Composition, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1986—87         Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (Graduate studies in music and film)

Solo Exhibitions & Screenings

2019           Erik Deerly: Exo Resonance, Indiana University Kokomo Downtown Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2018           Dysmorphia: Erik Deerly Exhibition, International Solo Exhibition, CICA Museum, South Korea (catalog)
2014           Terminal Physical Space, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
2012           Art of Remembrance, Gallery@AUP, Greenfield, IN
2010           Parallel Universe, Premier Screening, Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago, IL
2007           All About Time, La Lumiere School, LaPorte, IN

Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings

2019           No Image 2019, International Juried Exhibition, CICA Museum, South Korea (catalog)
2019           Glitch, Curated International Photography Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2019           Glitches and Defects, Millepiani Exhibition Space, Rome, Italy
2019           Magmart International Videoart Festival XI, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy
2018           Mobile, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2018           HOME: Absence or Essence, International Juried Exhibition, Specto Art Space, Bridgewater, Virginia
2017           Mobile Only, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (juror’s choice)
2017           Summer Exhibition, Juried International Showcase, The Concept Space—Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom
2017           Objectified, International Juried Exhibition, CICA Museum, South Korea (catalog)
2017           Dog and Pony Show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO
2016           Abstract Mind, International Exhibition on Abstract Art, CICA Museum, South Korea
2016           tXtMe, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
2016           A4 O2O Project: Instruction-based Art, CICA Museum, South Korea
2016           Union Street Gallery Grand Opening, Indiana University Kokomo Union Street Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2016           Up Next, 1st National Juried Exhibition, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO
2016           5th Annual Juried Exhibit, JF Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
2015           Generations, 40 Hues Between Black & White, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art with Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association, Santa Ana, CA (catalog)
2015           Unexpected, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (catalog)
2015           CONCEIVE, A Group Exhibition, the HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA
2015           Providence Art Club 2015 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI
2015           Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Art Students League of Denver, Denver CO (merit award)
2014           Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Frederick MD
2014           The Video Show — 3rd International Juried Exhibition of Video and Media Installation, North Branch, NJ
2014           Providence Art Club 2014 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI
2014           Solo Exhibition, Terminal Physical Space, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
2014           Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2013           Small Works – Big Talent, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2013           6th Annual Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA (catalog)
2013           EXPOSURE, See Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY (catalog)
2013           Figurative Art Exhibition, The Light Space & Time Virtual Gallery
2013           Irvington Presents, Bona Thompson Memorial Center, Indianapolis, IN (catalog)
2012           Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Frederick MD (catalog)
2012           Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2012           Small Works NYC: A Juried Exhibition, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, New York, NY
2012           Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2011           Whitewater Juried Art Exhibit, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN (catalog) (merit award)
2008           MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (catalog)
2008           Breaking Away, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts – CenterSpace, Chicago, IL
2006           Image Unit, Hot House, Chicago, IL
2005           Morph-olio, Metal Works Gallery, Chicago, IL

Bibliography (Reviews/Articles/Catalogs/Interviews)

Print Media
CICA Art Now 2019, CICA Press, Gimpo-si, South Korea (2019, forthcoming)
“Food and Losers.” Food& Magazine. Berlin, Germany, Issue 4 (2019, forthcoming)
“Distinguished Artist.” ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal. 16 (2015): 36-41.
Anderson, Stephen. Generations: 40 Hues Between Black & White. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015): 24-25.
“Distinguished Artist.” ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal. 8 (2014): 62-65.
“2012 One Life Catalog.” New York: Photo District News, 2012.
Connor, Michael. “SXSW 2002 Web Awards, and the Winners Are.” Austin Chronicle 2002, sec Vol. 21, No. 28: 63.
Rudy Vanderlans, Zuzana Licko. Emigre: Graphic Design Into the Digital Realm. 1994. 83-86.
Rothschild, David. “Home Front.” Chicago Tribune 1993. 62.
Rothschild, David. “Home Front.” Chicago Tribune 1992, sec A&E: 81.
Rudy Vanderlans. “Sound Design.” Émigré 16 (1990): 20-22.

Online Periodicals
Woodward, Kristen T. “Dysmorphia.” 2018. Artists2artists.
<http://www.artists2artists.net/photo/erik-deerly-dysmorphia-detail>
Woodward, Kristen T. “Databent.” 2016. Artists2artists.
<http://www.artists2artists.net/photo/databent-54>
Woodward, Kristen T. “The American Dream Ensemble.” 2014. Artists2artists.
<http://www.artists2artists.net/photo/the-american-dream-ensemble>.
Alcantara, Dan. “Erik Austin Deerly – Protoglitch.” 2013. The Equal Ground.
<http://www.theequalground.com/1/post/2013/09/erik-austin-deerly-protoglitch.html>.
Math, J. “Figurative Art Exhibition – Photography & Digital.” 2013. Light Space & Time.
<http://www.lightspacetime.com/figurative-art-exhibition-photography/>.
Metcaf, D. “Issue 125 Reviews.” 2012. Improvijazzation Nation.
<http://rotcodzzaj.com/wordpress/?page_id=3114>.
Williams, Elizabeth A. “The Art of Remembrance.” 2012.
<http://actingup-productions.com/aup/?p=1238>.
Metcaf, D. “Issue 123 Reviews.” 2012. Improvijazzation Nation.
<http://rotcodzzaj.com/wordpress/?page_id=2823>.
Nguyen, My. “Parable of the Poison Arrow.” 2011. Arial.
<http://www.tonmeister.us/parable-of-the-poison-arrow-review-by-my-nguyen/>.
Henderson, Alex. “Review: Biomes.” 2010. ReviewYou.
<http://www.tonmeister.us/biomes-review-by-alex-henderson/>.

Radio/Television
University of Chicago, Interview, WHPK Radio, Chicago, IL, April 3, 1998.
Jonathon Brandmeier, Interview, WLUP Radio, Chicago, IL, December 9, 1994.

Awards/Grants

2017           Juror’s Choice Award, Mobile Only, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2016           New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship Grant, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2016           The Lumen Prize, Long Listed for Mutations: Interactive Web Art,, Wales, UK
2015           Art Students League of Denver Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Merit Award, Denver, CO
2013           Graphic Design USA, American Graphic Design Award, New York, NY
2011           Whitewater Art Exhibit, Top Ten Merit Award, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN
2002           SXSW (South by Southwest), First place National Interactive Design Awards, Austin TX
2000           The Webby Awards, nominee, SportsJones.com
1993           Print Regional Design Annual, Midwest winner
1992           Print Regional Design Annual, Midwest winner
1989           The Addy Awards, print advertising winner, Chicago, IL
1988           The Addy Awards, print advertising winner, Chicago, IL

(last updated 8/11/2019)