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Artist Statement & Biography



The Elegy series was made following the death of my father. The creation of this series took several months and became a means for healing a shattered psyche and grief stricken heart. The Elegy series integrates several printmaking processes with collage methods that juxtapose multiple personal and universal symbolic elements. Most evident are the circular images that can be understood as “mandalas”. In Jungian theory the mandala is an “inner image” revealing one’s internal energies, forces, dreams and ego-consciousness … simultaneously integrating the individual to a universal collective unconscious.


where do we meet? where do we touch? where do we collide? where do we soar?


where do we speak? where do we bloom? where do we die? where do we transform?

The making of a collage emerges through a process of collecting, researching, deconstructing, editing, constructing, editing and reconstructing through which methodical deliberateness along with the freedom to improvise are essential. Collage brings physical fragments of the past into the present and also brings physical bits and pieces of the present into the future.

Symbolic elements merge to signify collective experience along with parts that reflect the intimate and personal. This integration of disparate parts has the capacity to express simultaneously a number of meanings and therefore will be open to interpretation.

It is not matter of distinguishing order from chaos, but that momentary glimpse of the confluence of both.


Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, Erika Lawlor Schmidt has shaped a career as a visual and performing artist whose work is deeply shaped by investigations into Eastern philosophy and Indian mysticism. Schmidt received her B.F.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa and did post-baccalaureate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She later earned an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, where she founded the Vital Spark Performance Group, a collaborative interdisciplinary ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe.

Schmidt has been a guest artist at the Honghua School in Guangham, China, Anderson House: Harvard Club in Wash. D.C., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, Elon University, Elon, N.C. and a commissioned artist for the Southern Graphics Council Conference, GraphicStudio, at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Erika’s prints and collages have been widely exhibited at different venues, including the Drawing Center and the Lincoln Center Gallery in New York; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida; the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa: and the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota, Florida.

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artist resume


MFA Printmaking and Performance, University of South FLorida, Tampa, FL.

Post Baccalaureate, Painting and Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

BFA Ceramic Sculpture, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.


2016  Declaration of Sentiments, BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vermont

2016  Under the Influence, Metro Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

2015 Blame it on my Youth, Castleton Downtown Gallery, Rutland Vermont

2013 Jazz, BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vermont

2012 "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Feick Arts Center Gallery, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vt.

2011 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt.

2010 "Trip the light fantastic" EO Art Lab, Chester, Conn.

2010 Christine Price Gallery, Castleton College, Castleton, Vt.

2003 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.


2018 stART Space Spring Show Manchester, Vermont

2017 Gallery 77 Invitational Rutland, Vermont

2017 ICE collection. Musee, ArtColle, France

2017 International Collage Exhibit , Percy Thompson Galley Strarford, New Zealand

2017 Down East, Saco Museum, Saco, Maine

2017 Wintertide Invitational, Pleiades Gallery, New York, New York

2017 Art of Winter, SPACE Gallery, Burlington Vermont

2106 Icons and Visionaries Invitational, Stone Valley Arts, Poultney, Vermont

2015 Group Invitational, Bank Annex Gallery, Rutland, Vermont

2015 MonoPrint Guild of New England National Juried Show, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, Mass. 

2014 Connecticut Women Artists, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Conn.

2013 Collage Exhibit, Burlington City Arts, Maltex Building, Burlington, Vt.

2012 "The Allure of Collage" Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.

2010 ART CHICAGO, Chicago, Ill. represented by EO Art Lab

2010 ART HAMPTONS, Bridgehampton, NY represented by EO Art Lab

2009 Baymaro Studio, Crystal Munson, Art Consultant, Duxbury, Mass.

2002 3-person Show, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL.

2001 International Invitational, Brad Cooper Gallery, Ybor City, FL.

2000 Florida Artists Invitational, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL.


  • 2012 "Strange Glue" Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School, (Juror, Todd Bartel, Gallery Director)
  • 2012 Connecticut Women Artists, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Conn. (Award, Juror, Cathy Malloy, CEO, Greater Hartford Arts Council)
  • 2009 National Juried Exhibit, Southern Vermont Art Center, (Award, Juror Gerald Auten, Director Studio Art Exhibitions at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire)
  • 2004 "Wish you were here" National Collage Society, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, N.Y.,N.Y. (award)
  • 1999 Contemporary Prints" Sarasota Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL. (Award Juror, Leslie Lerner Professor of Art, Ringling School of the Visual Arts)


  • 2015 Review: Magical mystery tour by Meg Brazil, SEVENDAYS, Burlington, VT
  • 2013 Forthcoming: book cover for Julie Cameron Gray's "Tangle", published by Tightrope Books, Toronto, CA
  • 2012 "Strange Glue" author Todd Bartel, Director, Thompson Gallery, Lincoln, Mass.
  • 2011 Art Hound, on-line Brooklyn based web log
  • 2011 The Jealous Curator, on-line web log
  • 2010 NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, North East #86, Juror, Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Curator, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.
  • 2005 "Collage Journeys" author, Jane Davies published by Watson - Guptill, N.Y.
  • 2004 "Playpen" a project of the Drawing Center, N.Y., N.Y. and publication of the New York Public Archives


  • 2014 / 2016 Grant Recipient, Vermont Community Foundation
  • 2015 Working Artist Grant, Tacoma, Washington
  • 2013 Guest Artist, Anderson House: Harvard Club, Wash. D.C.2012 Artist in Residence: Honghua Foreign Language School, Guangham, China
  • 2012 Artist in Residence, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vt.
  • 2007 Vermont Studio Center (scholarship) Johnson, Vt.
  • 2000 Presenter: Project: "Round, go round" Southern Graphics Council Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

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