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, instruction-based art, 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.
2008 MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
1985 BM, Composition, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1986 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Graduate studies in music composition and fine art.
Selected Exhibitions & Screenings
2018 Mobile, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (juror: Zsolt Bátori)
2018 Dysmorphia: Erik Deerly Solo Exhibition, CICA Museum, South Korea
2018 HOME: Absence or Essence, International Juried Exhibition, Specto Art Space, Bridgewater, Virginia
2017 Mobile Only, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (juror: Zsolt Bátori) (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
2017 Dog and Pony Show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO (juror: Doug Kacena)
2016 “Abstract Mind,” International Exhibition on Abstract Art, CICA Museum, South Korea
2016 tXtMe, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (juror: Leisa Austin)
2016 A4 O2O Project: Instruction-based Art, South Korea (juror: Leejin Kim)
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 (jurors: Thadeaous Mighell, Amber Cobb)
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 (jurors: Dinh Q. Lê, Stephen Anderson) (catalog)
2015 Unexpected, International Juried Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (juror: Zsolt Bátori) (catalog)
2015 CONCEIVE, A Group Exhibition, the HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA (juror: Yessíca Torres)
2015 Providence Art Club 2015 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI (juror: Allison Lee Newsome)
2015 Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Art Students League of Denver, Denver CO (juror: Christoph Heinrich, PhD) (merit award)
2014 Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Frederick MD (juror: Margaret Winslow)
2014 The Video Show — 3rd International Juried Exhibition of Video and Media Installation, North Branch, NJ (jurors: Josh Azzarella, Lydia Grey, John Harford, Kelly Oliver, Ann Tsubota)
2014 Providence Art Club 2014 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI (juror: Claudia Seymour)
2014 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 (juror: Lori McBride)
2013 6th Annual Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA (juror: Sylvia White) (catalog)
2013 EXPOSURE, See Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY (catalog)
2013 Figurative Art Exhibition, The Light Space & Time Virtual Gallery (juror: John R. Math)
2013 Irvington Presents, Bona Thompson Memorial Center, Indianapolis, IN (juror: Mitch Eckert) (catalog)
2012 Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Frederick MD (juror: Sue Spaid) (catalog)
2012 Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (jurors: Peter Frank, Rex Bruce)
2012 Small Works NYC: A Juried Exhibition, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, New York, NY (juror: Jeffrey Leder)
2012 Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2012 The Art of Remembrance, The Gallery @ AUP, Greenfield, IN (jurors: Elizabeth Hofmann, Brian Noffke)
2011 Whitewater Juried Art Exhibit, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN (juror: Katherine Sherwood) (catalog) (merit award)
2010 Parallel Universe, Gorilla Tango Theatre, Chicago, IL
2008 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (catalog)
2008 Breaking Away, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts – CenterSpace, Chicago, IL
2007 All About Time, La Lumiere School, LaPorte, IN (solo exhibition)
2006 Controlled Substances, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006 Image Unit, Hot House, Chicago, IL
2005 Standing Waves in Shoaling Water, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
2005 Morph-olio, Metal Works Gallery, Chicago, IL
“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.
Woodward, Kristen T. “Databent.” 2016. Artists2artists.
Woodward, Kristen T. “The American Dream Ensemble.” 2014. Artists2artists.
Alcantara, Dan. “Erik Austin Deerly – Protoglitch.” 2013. The Equal Ground.
Math, J. “Figurative Art Exhibition – Photography & Digital.” 2013. Light Space & Time.
Metcaf, D. “Issue 125 Reviews.” 2012. Improvijazzation Nation.
Williams, Elizabeth A. “The Art of Remembrance.” 2012.
Metcaf, D. “Issue 123 Reviews.” 2012. Improvijazzation Nation.
Nguyen, My. “Parable of the Poison Arrow.” 2011. Arial.
Henderson, Alex. “Review: Biomes.” 2010. ReviewYou.
University of Chicago, Interview, WHPK Radio, Chicago, IL, April 3, 1998.
Jonathon Brandmeier, Interview, WLUP Radio, Chicago, IL, December 9, 1994.
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 7/3/2018)