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San Jose State University MFA Photography

The University of Arizona BFA Photography


Selected Solo Works:  

2017     Ballynahinch Connemara Repository from the Eternal Optimist Series

             Dunmore Head Dingle Peninsula, Ireland Pasture from the Eternal Optimist Series

             Killarney National Park, Ireland Repository from the Eternal Optimist Series

             Glacier National Park  West Glacier, Montana  The Thaw from the Eternal Optimist Series 

2016     My Your Our Water   The Blue River,  Breckenridge, Colorado May-June

2015     My Your Our Water   The Grand River, Grand Rapids, MI Sept-Oct

             My Your Our Water  Salt River Project Canal System, Scottsdale, AZ   January-May

2014     My Your Our Water  Salt River Project Canal System June- January

             Shemer Art Gallery  Scottsdale, AZ Squeeze from the Eternal Optimist Series   

2013     UNCC Charlotte, NC   I LIKE SWAP collaborative exchange with UNCC students

              Scottsdale Public Art  Scottsdale, AZ     Message in A Boat      social sculpture

2012     Monmouth University  West Long Branch, NJ    KITE FIELD    social sculpture

             Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Lounge Scottsdale, AZ  Lemon Lounge

2011     Kendall College of Art& Design Grand Rapids, MI   GIVE TAKE  intervention

             Scottsdale Cultural Council Influx The Myth of Cleo from the Eternal Optimist Series

2010     Florence Quater Gallery Tucson, AZ   Court installation, sound, video

2008     Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI   My Deerest,  installation

             University of New Mexico-Gallup Gallup, NM to hold  installation/ performance

             The Valley Ho  Scottsdale, AZ The Death of Sailing  installation, performance

2007     Modified Arts & Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  Phx, AZ    On ICE

              Senson Gallery, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA Squeeze installation performance

2004     Women & Their Work Austin, Texas   Ground installation/ performance & photos

2000     Enchanted Rock    Austin, Texas      Chair-Ish     performance

             Herbert Sanders Gallery   San Jose, CA   JACKPOT installation & performance    

             Main Gallery San Jose, CA   A PEELING installation & performance

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015     University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Spinning Yarns

             Oasis on Grand Scottsdale, AZ   My Your Our Water Limited Edition

2014     Gebert Contemporary Scottsdale, AZ   TEXT not Texting

             Delaware County Community College Media, PA Spinning Yarns

             Blue Star Contemporary Art San Antonio Texas Spinning Yarns

             Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA Spinning Yarns

2013     Shemer Arts Center Scottsdale AZ Making Connections: Water & Life in the Desert

             Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR Spinning Yarns

             Photo Center NW Seattle Washington Spinning Yarns

             Martin Museum of Art ,Baylor  University Waco Texas Spinning Yarns

             University of North Carolina  Charlotte, NC Valentine Give Away

             McColl Center for Visual ArtCharlotte NC  in residence

2012     West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon,WV Spinning Yarns

2011     Kendall College of Art and Design  Grand Rapids, MI  Spinning Yarns

             University of St. Francis Fort Wayne, IN Spinning Yarns

2010     ASU Art Museum Tempe, AZ OPEN for Business

2009     McColl Center for the Visual Art Charlotte, AZ   Current Artists

2008     Memphis College of Art    Memphis, TN The Camera is Her Theater

             Allendale Video Walk Allendale, MI     26.2 sleep   

2006     Bentley Projects Phoenix, AZ Sleep  Performance & Installation  

             The Lionel Rombach Gallery Tucson, AZPhotos

2005     The University of Arizona Museum of Art  Tucson, Arizona Faculty Works

              The Kitchenette  Phx, AZ Photographs

              Delaware Center for Contemporary Art Wilmington, DE  The Dress Makes the Woman    

              Dinnerware Contemporary Art Tucson, Arizona Salon de Refuses    

              Phoenix Art Museum  Phoenix, AZ   CF Material Grantees             

              Gebert /Chiaroscuro Gallery Scottsdale,AZ  VIDEO 8

2003     Centro de artes a La Universidad EafitBogota, Colombia   Body Politic  at fotofiesta

              Stephen F. Austin State University    Nacogdoches TX   “Texas National”

              Guadalupe Center for the Arts Austin, TX Calculations: from Icarus Dreams

              ASU WEST Gallery Glendale,AZ Beyond Boundaries: feminist art legacy  

              Delaware Center for Contemporary Art Wilmington, Delaware    Body Politic

2002     Fine Silver Building San Antonio, TX   Tend and See    Installation & Performance  

              Dallas Center for Contemporary Art  Dallas, TX   Exposed Calculations: Icarus Dreams

              Stephen F. Austin State University Gallery  Nacogdoches, TXA Peeling

              500X Gallery Dallas, Texas“Expo 2002”   A Peeling   installation  

2000     WORKS Gallery    San Jose, CA   Out Of State   

              WORKS Gallery   San Jose, CA   Melange  "left - overs"  


Residencies/Visiting Artist:   

Tetons Artlab September-October 2018

Grand Central Art Center & Community Engagement Social Practice Artist Residency 2014-2019

Mesa Arts Center & CARE Partnership of Mesa Prototyping Festival Community Artist in Residence 2017

BreckCreate Artist in Residence May-June 2016

Salt River Project and Scottsdale Public Art Artist in Residence 2014-2015

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Visions Workshop November 21, 2013

UNC Charlotte and the McColl Center for Art and Innovation January-March 2013

Scottsdale Cultural Council Artist in Residence April–October 2012

Southwest University of Visual Art March-May 2010

McColl Center for Art and Innovation Sept 9-Nov 23, 2009

Memphis College of Art October 2009

Grand Valley State University Sept 5-20, 2008

University Of Wisconsin, Madison March 2005

Delaware Center for Contemporary Art July-August 2004


Public Art  

Mesa Arts Center Prototyping Festival November 2017

Breckenridge Creative Arts Wave Festival June 2-5 2016

Scottsdale Public Art  My Your Our Water 2014-2015

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Temporary Public Art Hance Park Cloud Cots 2014

Scottsdale Public Art   Message in a Boat November 2013

Artist in Residence Scottsdale Public ArtThe Grove April-October 2012 The Grove

Scottsdale Cultural Council, Optimist Dinghy from the Eternal Optimist 2010-2011

Phoenix Children’s Museum, “Someplace” by Pete Goldlust, fabrication & install crew

Scottsdale Public Art Selection Committee: Indian School Rd. Project

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture  Seventh Avenue Streetscape,  Phoenix, AZ2004



Breckenridge Creative Arts June 5, 2016       

ASU Solitary to Social: a shift in aesthetic practice March 3, 2015

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Romancing the Ephemeral  Nov 7, 2013

UNCC Narrative Intersections January 18, 2013

Monmouth University on ART NOW April 26, 2012

Arizona State University Guest Lecturer, March 6, 2012

Arizona State University Guest Lecturer, March 9, 2011

ASU Art Museum “Friday 11am Conversations” 11/12/2010

ASU Art Museum“Open for Business” panel discussion 11/4/2010

The Art Center “ Isn’t it Punny: Performance & Installation Work” 3/26/10

The Phoenix Art Museum “How to Abandon Ship: A Survival Guide to Performance” February 26, 2010

University of North Carolina Charlotte “Optimist Dinghy: How to Abandon Ship” September 2009

Arizona State University Guest Lecturer  Photography Now March 19 2009

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Stand Up and Pimp Yourself : Artist Living on the Margins March 4 2009

Memphis College of Art Visiting Artist Workshop Sept 22-30 2008

Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Visiting Artist August 23-Sept 5 2008

Arizona State University Guest Lecturer Community & New Media February 26, 2008

University of New Mexico, Gallup Visiting Artist March 2008

UC Santa Cruz Visiting Artist for Ways of Thinking & Upper level Photo Feb 2007

Arizona State University Guest Lecturer New Concepts Course November 2005

University of Wisconsin, Madison Visiting Artist Series March 2005



Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review 2017 for My Your Our Water

Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant 2007

Phoenix Arts Commission Professional Career Advancement Grant 2007

AZ Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant 2003, 04, 05, 06, 2007

Maricopa Community College Faculty Development Grant2004

Contemporary Forum Material Funds Grant, Phx Art Museum2004

First Place Texas National 2002 Juror Sandy Skoglund2002

First Place Juried Show 500XJuror Vicki Meek   2002


Catalogues, Journal Inclusions, Books & Reviews

Jarvis, Heather, "Summit Right Brain : Erin Sotak ues her art to engage people on water issues"Summit Daily, June 1, 2016.

Jarvis, Sarah, “Art Installation at Hance Park encourages Visitors to look at the sky”  ASU Downtown Devil, March 24, 2014.

Thorton, Lisa, “UNCC exhibit offers take-one leave-one swap” Charlotte Observer, 03/22,/2013.

DeMoss, Katie, “Narrative Experiments with Erin V. Sotak” McColl Center for Visual Art -3/4/13

Haller, Sonja, “Walking with Lemon Trees,” Arizona Republic, October 16, 2012, pB1/B3.

Swartz, Dan,” “Telling Stories: Photography show” spinning Yarns at the University of St.      

Francis, Fort Wayne Reader. September 15, 2011.

Kathleen Vanesian, "Open for Business Shines a light on Creative Consumerism", Phoenix New 

Times, November 4, 2010.

Beth Duckett, Scottsdale Republic January 7, 2010 p9.

Anna Campbell, “ On Labor and Looking: Erin V. Sotak’s Consuming Tableaux” Exposure Journal41:2 FALL 2008,

Brauer, Carla, “Freshly Squeezed” The Good Times  February 21 2007.

Edward Booth- Clibborn ed., Phoenix: 21st Century , United Kingdom,2006 p28-31.

Horizon, KAET , Phoenix local PBS programming

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, “Infusion:20 Years of Public Art in Phoenix”,p74-77,2005.

Terri Sultan, “In the Realm of the Sense,”  Catalogue Essay, 2004.

Suzy Mitchell, “Erin V Sotak: ground at Women and Their Work” Voices Of ArtVol.12,Issue2, 2004, 28-29.

Christian L. Frock, “ ART SEEN :Erin Sotak, Women and Their Work, Austin”, Curating.Net,      

April 19, 2004 .

Perla,  Vol. 1, Issue 1, October/November, 2002.

Robin Lasser, Sylva:  Exposure Journal , Eating Disorders: A Visual Dialogue.

Vol. 34:1/2,2001, 61-62,76-78,88.

Metro, Vol. 16, No, 14,  June 1-7, 2000,34.

San Jose Mercury News, Art Section, July 4, 1999. E9


“Sunday: INher/ OUTher,” Voices Of Art , Volume. 11,  Issue 2Cover Image, p9. 2003

Conferences (Participated):

2015 Water in the World : Approaches to Access & Sustainability Winthrop University

2008 SPE South Central Regional Conference Co-Keynote Speaker“Allegory and Identity”

2007 CAA National Conference “Female Stereotypes: Evil By Design?”   Panelist

2006 SPE National Conference “Allure of Being Desired: Re-vision of Fashion” Panelist

2004 SPE National Conference Portfolio Reviewer

2003 SPE Mid Atlantic Regional Conference“RE:Context” Installation Projection of SMILE

2003 CAA Conference “ The Meaning of Labor in Today’s Art”  Panelist &Performance Piece

2003 SPE National Conference   Portfolio Reviewer

2002 Society of Photographic Education National Conference Fact or Fiction : Photography and Mediated Experience