NIU School of Art and Design graduate, accomplished sculptor and painter, academic and former Huskie baseball player Paul Erschen will be on campus, Thursday, October 18 to give a visiting artist talk.

The visiting artist talk will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Jack Arends Hall, room AB 102.

While earning a BFA from NIU in 1998, Erschen was also a pitcher for the Huskies baseball team, receiving an Academic All-American Award in 1996. After graduating from NIU, Suma Cum Laude, Erschen received a Presidential Fellowship from The Ohio State University, earning an MFA in 2000.

Since 2009, Erschen has served as Department Chair, and Professor of Visual Art, at the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, IL. He has also been heavily involved in the ACRE residency program, serving as a woodshop technician and visiting artist. Erschen recently traveled to Japan for a group show of American art at Hagiwara Projects, in Tokyo.

Notable solo exhibitions include “Cloven”, at Devening Projects, in Chicago, and “West Plaza”, which served as the 2012 grand opening exhibition for “Document Gallery” in Chicago. In addition to his art practice, Paul Erschen has also been the drummer for the Chicago experimental-rock band “Mayor Daley”. Since 2003, “Mayor Daley” has toured extensively, while releasing five recordings, on a variety of labels, most recently “Out Of The Blue”, on the Chicago cassette label “Fine Prints.”

Paul Erschen’s work may be viewed at: www.paul-erschen.com