Ericka Walker (MFA ’10) Honored at Annual College Awards Ceremony
Members of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Arts and Sciences celebrated alumni achievements and philanthropy during the Eighth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Alumni and Philanthropy Awards Celebration Friday, September 29, 2023.
Ericka Walker (’10) graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of Art. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she is an associate professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design – NSCAD University. Her work was included in the recent Knoxville Museum of Art exhibition Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking.
In addition to her work as a printmaker, Walker extends her commitment to a publicly engaged practice through the painting of large-scale murals, a natural extension of her work as a printmaker. Her work on murals includes a recent project in Milwaukee commissioned by the Milwaukee Art Museum. Working with Curator of Prints and Drawings Nicki Otten, Walker created a limited edition print in conjunction with “Always New: The Posters of Jules Chéret,” a major exhibition of Chéret’s posters held last summer. Walker was one of 25 artists in Canada selected for the 2019 long-list for the Sobey Art Award, which is the pre-eminent annual prize for contemporary Canadian art.
Walker has exhibited her prints widely throughout North America and other continents, and her work has found homes in multiple public collections. Her work appeared recently in exhibitions at the Huron Arts Gallery in San Francisco; the Civic and Cultural Center Numancia in Santander, Spain; the Novosibirsk Graphic Arts Triennial at the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia; and the International Print Center in New York City. Walker won the Grand Prize at the 2018 Okanagen Print Triennial in Kelowna, British Columbia.
“I am in the middle of my career and thinking more and more every day about how I can shape my field and my discipline to make it something sustainable for the people coming after me so they can continue to do the work that all of you are doing and the careers you have shaped, like mine and Jordan’s,” Walker said. “What a wonderful night. I am honored to receive this award from the college.”