Erica’s interest in art developed in early childhood where she spent the first seven years of her life in a displaced person’s camp in Germany. After moving to the United States, she was an only child for another seven years, and life, in those formative years, was of a no-nonsense nature.
In a world focused on practical concerns, art became the conduit for Erica’s abundant creative energy. In high school, her artistic talent and guidance counselor led her to an early entry into commercial art and advertising, but her real yearning was for fine art.
AnamArt Gallery, Naperville, I
High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Erica Eschmann’s Rock Collection,” Bloomingdale Library, Bloomingdale, IL
“Urban Edges VI,” Barrington Area Arts Council, Barrington, IL , juried by Lynne
Warren, Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Special Projects
“Chicago Open,” Chicago Artist’ Coalition Chicago, IL
“Chicago Cultural Center,” Renaissance Court, Chicago, IL
“Annual Members” Show,” Bloomingdale Museum Bloomingdale, IL, juried by Beverly Rautenberg, Museum Curator and Debra Hafeman art Instructor
“Elmhurst Artist’ Guild Spring Members Show,” Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL, juried by James Hartgrink
“St. Charles Art and Music Festival National Juried Show,” St. Charles, IL juried by Lynne Warren, Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Special Projects
"Bloomingdale Members Show,” Bloomingdale Museum, Bloomingdale, IL
“National Chiropractic College Art Show,” NCC, Lombard, IL juried by Richard Paulson, Chairperson, Elmhurst College Art Department
“Black and White,” Wings Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
“The Angelic Ones,” Wings Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
“Elmhurst Artist’ Guild Spring Members Show, ” Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL, juried by John Pitman Weber
“Red Show,” Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL
“Fine Art Christmas Show,” Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL
“Fall Members Show,” Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
“Vicinity 98 Exhibition,” Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL
“Summer Colors,” DuPage Art League Gallery, Wheaton, IL
“Notes to the Artists,” Wings Gallery, College of DuPage, Glenn Ellen, IL
“Wednesday Painters,” Wings Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL
“Spring Members’ Show ‘98,” Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL
“COD Portraits ‘98,” Wings Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL
Curator’s Award; Best of Show, “Annual Members’ Show 2000”
Bloomingdale Museum, for painting, “Inception 2000” juried by Beverly Rautenberg, Museum Curator
First Prize, “Annual Members’ Show 2000” Bloomingdale Museum, for painting, “Luna Influence I” , juried by Debra Hafeman
Merit Award, “Annual Members’ Show 2000”
Bloomingdale Museum, for painting, “Lunar Influence II” , juried by Debra Hafeman
Award of Excellence, “Vicinity ’98 Exhibition,” Norris Cultural Central Center and Gallery, for painting, “ENOW” , juried by Patricia Hernes and Audrey Niffenegger
CAC, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL
SAN, Senior Art Network, Chicago, IL
Bloomingdale Culture Club, Bloomingdale, IL
Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, Elmhurst, IL
Phi Theta Kappa, College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL
College of DuPage Glen Ellen, IL
Specialization: Fine Arts
Minneapolis Art Institute Minneapolis, MN
Vocational Technical Institute Minneapolis, MN
Graduated: Commercial ArtType your paragraph here.
“Cultural Club gives Local Artist an Outlet,” Daily Herald, February 17, 2000, written by Mary Ellen Johnson “
A Local Residents Artwork Featured in New Exhibit,“ Woodridge Progress, May 1999 written by Staff Writer
“Eschmann’s Art Awarded,” Woodridge Progress, November 4, 1998, written by Lee Kesselman
“Music Art at Student Gallery,” Courier, May 29, 1998, written by Joe Hahn
Eventually, she made that shift. Erica re-educated herself and within ten years was exhibiting in galleries in the Chicago area, competing with other artists and selling her work.
Today, she resides in the southwest, a region of strong light and rich color that inspires her to paint with the boldness that first led her into the world of fine art, where her passion continues.
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