Artist Erin Cunningham was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. In 2003, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in jewelry metals and sculpture. She went on to receive her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin. In 2012 she moved back to Austin where she maintains an active studio practice while teaching in the art department at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Erin has had the opportunity to work in the jewelry department at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago and has taught metals and jewelry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Georgia State University in Atlanta and at the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited her sculpture and jewelry both nationally and internationally. She has been included in Craft Texas and New American Talent.
Erin has long been in love with the ability to work and manipulate metal, all metals. Her training as an artist has taken her on a journey in which this medium has always had some sort of presence, whether it be in silversmithing, steel fabrication, bronze casting or iron casting. She considers herself an experimenter and creator of wearable art.
From lace textures to hardware store findings to fancy sapphires, her designs vary as much as material combinations. The work doesn’t seem to follow one particular design aesthetic but rather involves some form of technical experimentation.