Erik Grau MFA, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA


 
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Biography

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Erik studied sculpture at Carroll University before moving to Boston, Massachusetts 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.  Erik is a member of Boston’s MUSA Collective, an artist owned and operated gallery space in Allston.  He has exhibited work in the Midwest as well as the East and West coasts, and has work in the Wisconsin Collection.  Most recently Erik was the artist in residence at Room83Spring in Watertown, MA.  Erik is the current President,Gallery Director, and Secretary of the Piano Craft Gallery and a resident of the Piano Craft Guild in the South End.

 

Education

2016: University of Massachusetts Lowell - Masters of Education and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Course Sequence

2010: Boston University - Masters of Fine Arts 

2008: Carroll University - Bachelors of Arts

 

Arts Administration

2019: Exhibition coordinator - piano craft gallery, boston ma

2017-2019: President of the Board - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA

2017-2019: Clerk - Piano craft gallery, boston ma

2017-2019: member - musa collective, Boston MA

 

Publications

2019: its all about arts magazine

2018: Boston Voyager Magazine

2015: Vault - The Ivy League Vegan Journal

Television

2019: It’s all about arts, boston neighborhood network

2018: The Krishna international magazine show, boston neighborhood network

Permanent Collections

The Wisconsin Artists Collection, Waukesha WI

 

Residencies

2018: Room 83 Spring, Watertown MA

2017: Room 83 Spring, Watertown MA

 

Lectures

2017: MUSA Collective, Allston MA

2011: Carroll University, Waukesha WI

 

Juror

2019: Still Life: Looking at the Ordinary - Newton art association group show

2018: Real Time - National Association of Women Artists Massachusetts Chapter Group show

2018: Artscope Illustration Competition

2015-2018: John Walker Scholarship Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitions

2019:

Amalgamation - Wedeman Art gallery at lasell college, Newton MA

Our Animal Friends - Boston Neighborhood Network, Roxbury Ma

2018:     

forty-two and counting - piano craft gallery, boston ma

who saved who? - new bedford art museum, new bedford ma

pattern in Place - Boston city hall scollay square gallery, boston ma

Cats and Crystals - Boston Public library (south end branch), boston MA

Cats and Crystals - Piano Craft GAllery, Boston MA

Open and Affirming MIc night - first baptist church in newton, newton ma

Experimentation in a Time of retrograde - room 83 spring, watertown ma

1 Percent Gallery Phase II: Featured Artist Exhibition - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA

Let's Dance - Basement Projects, Santa Ana CA

M+2 - MUSA Collective, Boston MA

Defrost the Cake: MUSA One Year Anniversary - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA

 

2017:

Allston Open Studios: MUSA Collective Group Show - MUSA Collective, Boston MA

Cats and Crystals - MUSA Collective, Boston MA

Resident Group Show - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA 

In a Room Together w/ Marta Kaemmer & Crislin Waldman - Room 83 Spring, Watertown MA

Origin Story - MUSA Collective, Boston MA

 

2016:      

Art100 - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA

Legacy: 40 Years at the Piano Craft Guild - Piano Craft Gallery, Boston MA

 

2011:      

Smoke and Mirrors w/ Louise Krampien - Carroll University, Waukesha WI            

 

2010:             

Five Decades - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

MFA Thesis Show - Boston University 808 Gallery, Boston MA

Vealand - Commonwealth Avenue Window Gallery, Boston MA

 

2009: 

Vealand - Boston University Commonwealth Gallery, Boston MA

 

2008: 

Decide - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

CASU All Media Show - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

Paper Politics - University of WI, Marshfield, Marshfield WI

 

2007:      

Art Metals Exhibition - Todd Wehr Memorial Library, Waukesha WI

Decide - Waukesha Civic Theatre, Waukesha WI

Paper Politics - University of WI, Whitewater, Whitewater WI

Paper Politics - Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee WI

Decide - First Federal Savings Bank, Waukesha WI

Decide - The Riverwest Co-op, Milwaukee WI

College Art Competition - Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee WI

Willis Guthrie Scholarship Ceremony - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

CASU All Media Show - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

 

2006: 

College Art Competition - Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee WI

CASU All Media Show - Carroll University, Waukesha WI

 

2005:

CASU All Media Show - Carroll University, Waukesha WI