- MFA in painting Indiana University, Bloomington
First Year at Xavier University:
BFA in drawing, minors in Classical Guitar Performance and Art History, Honor's Program, Magna cum Laude, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA 1996
Bruce Erikson started college at the age of twenty-three after playing in a rock band and working five years as a pruner and grafter in a commercial orchard, forklift driver in a window factory and several consolidation companies, a water truck driver for a paving crew, ice cream delivery driver, illustrator and as a straightener setup mechanic in a steel mill with his father. He graduated magna cum laude from the University Honor¹s Program with a BFA degree in Drawing and with minors in Art History and Classical Guitar performance from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996. While at Edinboro he studied at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, MO under Mark English, Chris Payne, Gary Kelley and other noted illustrators while doing magazine and trial illustration for such clients as Cleveland Magazine, Andrews McMeel Publishing and others.
In 1996 he took a year off and worked in a hospital answering phones and moving bodies in a morgue before enrolling at Indiana University- Bloomington where he pursued an MFA degree in Painting. While at Indiana University, he received a fellowship to study in Florence, Italy. Since graduation he has taught at numerous universities including Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL; and Washington University in St. Louis, MO where he was the drawing coordinator of the foundation program and taught at painting and drawing at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy. For two years he was a visiting assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA where he taught drawing, anatomy, and painting. He spent 2005-06 as an assistant professor at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA before relocating to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Xavier he teaches drawing and painting while writing and recording original music on the side with good friend Greg Filer under the moniker of Geronimo Rhombus.
In the summer of 2005 Bruce won "Best in Show" at Fraser Gallery's Georgetown International in Washington, DC and had a solo exhibition in January 2006. He took second place in painting at the State Museum of Pennsylvania's "Art of the State 2005" in Harrisburg, PA. He has had numerous solo and juried exhibitions including Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL; Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; SUNY- Geneseo, Geneseo, NY; tudio 4 West, Piermont, NY; St. Louis Artists' Guild and St, Louis Community College- Meramec both in St. Louis, MO; Glass Grower's Gallery, Erie, PA; William Jewel College, Liberty, MO; Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH; Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA; Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI; Cinema Art, Urbana, IL; Denison University, Granville, OH; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA; Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA; Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN; Period Gallery, Lincoln, NE., and Penn State University Altoona, PA.