San Jose State University MFA Photography
The University of Arizona BFA Photography
Selected Solo Works:
2017 Killarney National Park, Ireland Storage House from the Eternal Optimist Series August
Glacier National Park West Glacier, Montana The Thaw from the Eternal Optimist Series June 8-11
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"
Mesa Arts Center & CARE Partnership of Mesa Prototyping Festival Community Artist in Residence 2017
Grand Central Art Center & Community Engagement Social Practice Artist Residency 2014-2018
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
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
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