Professor of Painting



Erika Osborne is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU. Erika received her BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her creative work addresses cultural connections to place and environment. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at institutions such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institute. Erika has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a recent Fulbright fellowship. Her work has been highlighted in five books surveying land and environmental art as well as in publications such as New American Paintings, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.

Professor Osborne has also dedicated herself to university level art education. She has taught painting and drawing alongside environmental field courses for artists such as Mexico: Art Meets Environment, Art and Environment, Art in Forest Ecosystems, Cultural Extraction: Energy in the Humanities, Land Arts of the American West, Wilderness Studio and Place: Appalachia. Erika has written about her pedagogical work in books and journals including, Arts Programming for the Anthropocene: Art in Community and Environment and Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life.