Eric Wieringa

Eric Wieringa

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Eric Wieringa • Profile


Eric Wieringa

Eric Wieringa’s current body of work is born out of a professional necessity to simply keep his brush, and skills, moving forward. In that effort Wieringa has found that inanimate, often ephemeral objects provide the opportunity to focus singularly and efficiently, and also experiment freely in his medium of choice, oil paint on panel board. His amassed subjects range from a nostalgic squirt gun, to the rare, hard-earned remaining stub of a Ticonderoga pencil, to a Brook Trout caught in summertime. In response, his audience could argue that “showing an object in isolation brings it significance,” or at least deserves to be considered from a different perspective. Perhaps Wieringa’s biggest take away is that “the irony of painting something as pedestrian as a rusty screwdriver or a used paintbrush underscores an important lesson…that as we work diligently for an imagined outcome, we must not forget to see the beauty of everyday life.”
Eric Wieringa earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, emphasizing in Painting and Illustration, and continued to get an MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. He now lives in Hastings, Michigan.

Eric Wieringa • Statement

Eric Wieringa is a studio artist currently living in Hastings Michigan. In 2002 Eric completed his undergraduate at Indiana Wesleyan University earning degrees in both Painting and Illustration. In 2011 Mr. Wieringa furthered his education by completing his MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford (Connecticut). Eric is an award-winning painter who has been printed in several publications including: American Illustration, Poets and Artists Magazine and Creative Quarterly online. Eric was also featured on Wood TV 8 for his ArtPrize entry in 2015.

Eric Wieringa • Biography


MFA in Illustration, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Science in Illustration & Painting, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN


“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI2017   
Flight, Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI

Summer Opening Exhibition, Houska Gallery, Central West End, MO

Clearly Human 2 Exhibition, St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, MO

Art Prize, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Art Prize, The B.O.B, Grand Rapids, MI

Summer Regional Collection, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

How We See Her, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

Figurative Works, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

Clearly Human, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

Alumni Art Show, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

It’s Not Heat, It’s the Humidity, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

Booth Exhibition, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Event, Kansas City, MO

Solo Exhibition, Sterling College, Sterling, KS

Solo Exhibition, Picasso’s, St. Charles, MO

Group Show, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT

Pow! Bam! Zap! Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

Labor of Love, Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, MO

Chapel of Love, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

Open Space: Art About the Land, Minnetrista, Muncie, IN

Solo Exhibition, Thorn-Apple Gallery, Hastings, MI


Mary Ewen Memorial Prize, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

Frank Crunden Annual Prize Award, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

Best Book Cover Award, Viking Challenge, The Art Order Blog Online

Merit Scholarship, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT


The Hero’s Journey Guide, Online Interview

American Illustration 35, Online Publication

Creative Quarterly 41, Runner-up Fine Art Professional

Figural Movement, PoetsArtists Online

4-H Today, October 2014

Interview with Eric Wieringa, St. Louis Artist Guild Blog