About

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Eric Bess graduated from Wittenberg University in 2008 and began working as an adjunct professor of drawing and design at Clark State Community College at the age of 22. He also completed over 20 commissioned artworks in two years including a four-wall memorial mural.

Eric has spent extensive time studying and researching traditional drawing and painting. He has attended the New York Academy of Art, the Academy of Art University, and has written articles for the Arts and Culture section of the Epoch Times Newspaper.

 

Education

  • Natural Pigments Best Practices Workshop, Willits, California, 2015.
  • Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California

             M.F.A in Oil Painting, 2013-Present.

  • New York Academy of Art, Manhattan, New York

             Studied Drawing and Oil Painting/Transfer, 2011-2012.

  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

             B.F.A in Drawing and Minor in Art History, May 2008.

  • Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio

              A.A. in Visual Arts Transfer, June 2006.

 

Teaching/Work Experience

  • Adjunct Drawing Professor, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2015.
  • Journalist. Epoch Times Newspaper. Art And Culture Section. New York, New York, 2011-2012.
  • Drawing Instructor, Upward Bound Program, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2011.
  • Four Wall Memorial Mural, Creative Learning Workshop (CLW), Springfield, Ohio, 2010.
  • Adjunct Drawing Professor, Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio, 2008-2010.
  • Drawing Instructor, Interface Creative Group, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Ohio, 2009, 2011.
  • Adjunct Design Professor, Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio, 2008-2009.
  • Private Tutor, Springfield, Ohio, 2008-2009.
  • Artist Assistant, Project Jericho, Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio, 2008.
  • Teaching Assistant, Project Jericho, Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio, 2007.
  • Teaching Assistant, Clark State Community College, 2006-2007.

 

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

  • Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, 2013.

  • Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York, 2012.

  • Wittenberg University Annual Juried Exhibition, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2008.

  • Wittenberg Guild Fine Arts Scholars. Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2008.

  • AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts Nominee. Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2008.

  • First Prize. Wittenberg University Annual Juried Exhibition, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 2007.

  • Clark State Community College Art Exhibition, Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio, 2006.

  • Clark State Black History Art Exhibition, Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio, 2006.