Erin Anfinson・ Drawing
Instructor · Friends of Arrowmont
Erin Anfinson is an Associate Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University where she teaches drawing, design, and digital art courses in the Foundations program. Her encaustic-infused paper works and animated films are often inspired by an interest in science, conservation, natural history, and narratives of ecosystems in flux. She has been a National Park Service artist-in-residence twice, first in 2017 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa and again in 2018-19 at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN. Both residencies profoundly impacted her studio practice, resulting in the creation of works that reflect on the discovery, awareness and loss of diminishing native ecosystems. Anfinson has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and film festivals, including the Gadsden Museum of Art (Gadsden, AL), The Frist Museum (Nashville, TN), and the Krakow International Green Film Festival (Krakow, Poland). She is a recipient of several awards and grants from organizations including the International Encaustic Artist organization and the Tennessee Arts Commission. In addition to her creative work and research, she also regularly teaches mixed media encaustic workshops at Arrowmont.