Crislin Waldman and Erik Grau
July 26-September 20, 2019
Reception:  Thursday, September 19, 6:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk and Workshops:
Saturday, July 20, 6:00pm at Blick Art Materials, Boston
Sunday, September 8, 1:00-3:00pm at the BAC

The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present our second annual Echo Trobridge Artist Residency featuring the work of Crislin Waldman and Erik Grau. The residency provides five weeks of artistic development and culminates with a three-week public exhibition in our unique gallery space.

"Madonna" by Erik Grau

Erik and Crislin will use the residency to create site-specific installations using imagery of caves, crystals and vegetation. The two plan on creating a canvas mural in the front gallery depicting a cave opening and surrounding imagined landscape. Inside the entrance of the gallery, a sculpted, arching cave opening will offer visitors an immersive experience. An additional cave structure will be constructed over the lower portion of the stairway as viewers walk to the second floor of the BAC. Both spaces will contain small sculptural artifacts such as cast crystals and plants. The upper level of the BAC will be used to highlight the commonalities of both artists’ work.

In addition to gallery viewing hours, Erik and Crislin will collaborate with the BAC to offer workshops for children ages 5-11. Erik and Crislin will use a literacy rich center-based approach to teach students about the five most common types of caves culminating in the students creating their own cave dioramas. Erik’s background in early childhood education for diverse populations and differentiated instruction combined with Crislin’s experience as an art instructor will be put to good use leading workshops that incorporate the themes and techniques they use during their residency.

Artist Bios

Erik Grau was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He studied sculpture at Carroll University before moving to Boston, MA to pursue an MFA in sculpture at Boston University. His early work focused on political ideas surrounding factory farming, while more recent work focuses on depictions of cats, crystals and knick-knacks in his immediate home environment. In addition to visual art, Erik studied Applied Behavior Analysis and Education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and works full time as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Boston Public Schools Kindergarten inclusion teacher. In 2019, he was named the Boston Public Schools Educator of the Year. Erik is a member of Boston’s Musa Collective, an artist owned and operated gallery space. He has exhibited work in the Midwest, East and West coasts, and has work in the Wisconsin Collection. Most recently Erik was the artist in residence at Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA. Erik is the current President, Exhibition Coordinator and Secretary of the Piano Craft Gallery in Boston’s South End.
Crislin Waldman has explored a wide range of art-making processes that include film, digital media, installation, drawing, print-making and painting. Crislin uses color and pattern to create both imagined and observable landscapes and still lifes. She is interested in exploring fleeting moments during some sort of transition – be it an icy landscape melting or a vase of flowers in full bloom. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2002-2007) before completing her MFA in painting at the Boston University School of Visual Art (2008-2010).  She has recently exhibited at Galatea Fine Art (Boston, MA), Wedman Art Gallery at Lasell College (Newton MA), Musa Collective (Boston MA) Piano Craft Gallery (Boston MA), Scollay Square Gallery (Boston City Hall, Boston, MA) and Basement Projects DTSA (Santa Ana, CA). In 2018 her solo exhibit, Space for the Unknown, was at the Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery (Boston MA). She is a co-founder and member of MUSA Collective, an artist-run collective in Boston.

The Echo Trobridge Artist Residency was named in honor of the BAC’s first artist in residence from 2014-2016. Echo was a ceramicist, teacher and very dear friend. She used her time at the BAC to work on her craft, share her knowledge and to learn from others.