Erik Waterkotte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he teaches Print Media. Waterkotte has been a visiting artist/lecturer at universities throughout the United States and has also taught at Indiana University and Minnesota State University. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Alberta in 2005 and his B.F.A. from Illinois State University in 2001.
Erik Waterkotte has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at: the FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Canada, The Bisonte Foundation, Florence, Italy, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida, and the Landmarks Art Gallery of Texas Tech University. His work is part of several collections including the Weisman Art Museum, Purdue University Galleries, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Waterkotte has been the recipient of several awards, residencies, and grants including an Affiliate Artist Residency at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation in Charlotte, NC and a Minnesota State Arts Board Emerging Artist Initiative Grant.
Born in central Illinois, where his family dates back over a century, Waterkotte’s artwork is influenced by his family’s history: Catholic exiles from the Kulturkampf (culture wars) of late 1800’s Germany, who immigrated to Quincy, IL, and worked as carpenters, building several churches in the area. For Waterkotte, the timing and location of his family’s arrival to the US (just following the Second Great Awakening, along the Mississippi river), is very intriguing. Contemplating his family history and the influence of religion in turn-of-the-century America, Erik Waterkotte creates artwork that explores the representation and construction of belief.
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