Erin V. Sotak
Erin V. Sotak received her BFA from The University of Arizona and her MFA in photography from San Jose State University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such institutions as the Phoenix Art Museum, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ASU Herberger Museum of Fine Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, UCSC Sesnon Gallery, Women and Their Work, and Centro de Artes a La Universidad Eafit. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Materials Grant and the Texas National. Sotak has been an invited lecturer at the UNCC, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, UCSC and the University of New Mexico, Gallup. She has been an artist in residence at Monmouth University, Kendall College of Art & Design, The City of Scottsdale Cultural Council, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Memphis College of Art, Grand Valley State University and twice at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation. Sotak’s work has been published in Phoenix 21st Century, SPE Exposure Journal, Voices of Art Magazine, Arizona Republic, Charlotte Observer, and Horizon television programming on PBS station KAET.
Erin is the recipient of several public art commissions from the Scottsdale Public Art and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. She was artist in residence with Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project 2014-2015 creating My Your Our Water which has traveled through 11 states, and was in residence at BreckCreate in Breckenridge, Colorado. Americans for the Arts recently selected My Your Our Water, for the 2017 Public Art Network Year in Review. Erin is currently in her third year of a social practice residency with Grand Central Arts Center and non profit Community Engagement working with an at need community called Whispering Pines in Phoenix, Arizona and is starting a prototype residency with Mesa Arts Center and CARE Partnership.