NICHOLAS R. ERKER
A Visual Narrative
Growing up in a small Kansas town, I learned a great deal from my large family. I learned the art of storytelling. It is so important for us to maintain a tradition of passing our history from one generation to the next. My family were experts in the oral tradition. I have spent my professional life depicting images from that oral tradition and combining them with the visual arts These images not only recall my own past, but also invite the viewer to recall their own past by means of relating to images seen in my work.
I have not only spent my professional life as an artist, but also as an art educator. I feel that it is my duty to share my skill with my students so that they may continue a tradition of telling a visual narrative.
Anton Art Center Art Exhibition, Mount Clemens MI. May 2020
Jones Gallery August Group Show, Kansas City, MO. August 2020
Jones Gallery October Group Show, Kansas City, MO. October 2020
Lakewood Oaks Resident Artists Group Show, Lees Summit, MO. December, 2020
Verum Ultimum Art Gallery "A Generous Kingdom : Art That Explores Symbolism, Story, and Beyond..." Portland, OR. December, 2020
Jones Gallery March Group Show, Kansas City, MO. March 2021
Community Services League, BlendWell Community Cafe, and Englewood Arts "Binding Ties in Rural Americana: A Visual Narrative" Solo Exhibition. Independence, MO. June - August 2021
Art School KC "Heartland" Solo Exhibition. Lee's Summit, MO. July - August 2022
"HEARTLAND" BROUGHT LARGE CROWDS DURING HOT SUMMER ART WALKS.
September 1st, 2022
During the solo exhibition "Heartland" held at Art School KC in Lee's Summit, large crowds came to be a part of the show even with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. A successful show and an even more successful artists talk.
"TRIUMPH" SHOWS AT D'ART CENTER AND TAKES 2ND PLACE RIBBON
January 28th, 2022
The d'Art Center in Norfolk, VA hosted the "Scene" exhibition in January. Out of nearly 400 works submitted to the show, "Triumph" won a second place ribbon awarded by Clayton Singleton.
SUCCESSFUL SHOW OPENING
June 12th 2021
The "Binding Ties" art show was a success. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening. And a special thank you to everyone who purchased artwork. The show will continue to run through August 12th at the BlendWell Community Cafe in Inedpendence, MO.
BINDING TIES IN RURAL AMERICANA:
A VISUAL NARRATIVE
June 10th, 2021
Community Services League and BlendWell Community Cafe will be curating Nicholas's solo art exhibition at the BlendWell Community Cafe at 10725 US-24 in Independence, Missouri. The show will run from June 10th until August 12th and focus on visual representations of the oral traditions in small communities.
"DANIEL AND THE LIONS" AWARDED DIRECTORS PICK AT WORLDWIDE JURIED ART SHOW
May 22, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting closure of physical spaces where artists may show their work, the Anton Art Center launched a global call for artists to submit their work for a juried international online exhibit. A total of 1,524 entries were received from 518 artists across the globe, representing 30 U.S. states and 44 countries. "Daniel and the Lions" was selected by by Anton Art Center Executive Director, Phil Gilchrist, and Exhibition Manager, Stephanie Hazzard to be a Director's Pick.