Erin Elyse Burns was raised in Reno, Nevada. She earned her BFA from the University of Nevada in 2004. She has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany and has exhibited her work widely. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in 2009 and currently resides in Seattle where she is adjunct photography faculty at the University of Washington and North Seattle Community College.

Burns’ artwork occupies territory between image, performance and artifact. She constructs experiences that embrace struggle and the potential for failure, yet simultaneously evoke a sense of the picturesque, the humorous, the vulnerable and the absurd. She utilizes both still and video cameras to transform expectations of authenticity, document and reality. Oftentimes she is cast as a subject in her work, exploring the desire to be both seen by and in control of what the camera witnesses. She creates objects that are given life and context when activated in front of the camera. Concepts of private ritual, identity, physicality and fascinations with the process of learning persist within her work.

Education

2009 Master of Fine Arts, (Interdisciplinary Visual Art), University of Washington, Seattle WA
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Concentration: Photography, Minor: Creative Writing), University of Nevada, Reno NV

Solo Exhibitions

2014 New Work, Violet Strays, Launch Date: March 14, 2014
2013 Litany, A Project Space, Seattle WA
2011 Treading Water, Gallery 4Culture, Seattle WA
2005 I Dream in Color, Fireplace Gallery, Reno NV
2003 A Sometimes Memory, Front Door Gallery, University of Nevada Reno, Reno NV

Screenings, Lectures, Performances

2014 New Music and Video, A Collaboration with Leaha Villarreal, Chapel Performance Space, Seattle WA, March 29, 2014
2013 Mobile Screen Tour: Reel 1, Interstitial Theater, Seattle WA
2012 Violin, Viola and Video Virtuosity, Firehouse Space, Nov. 11, 2012, Brooklyn, NY
  Camera Obscura, Presenter, Washington Community Colleges Humanities Association Conference, Oct. 26 – 27, 2012, Seattle WA
  Artist Lecture, University of Washington, Oct. 23, 2012, Seattle WA
  Fall Equinox: Hungry Ghosts, Collaboration with composer Nat Evans, Sept. 20, 2012, 100 Acres Sculpture Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis IN
  NEPO 5K Don’t Run: Tumbleweed Trundling performance, Art Walk and Festival, Sept. 8, 2012, Seattle WA
  Of Light and Land, One Night Video Screening: A Curatorial Project by Erin Elyse Burns, TK Artists Lofts, Vandenbrink Community Room, June 7, 2012, Seattle WA
2011 New Music and New Media: One Night Event, Sept. 9, 2011, Chapel Performance Space, Seattle WA
2010 Commute, performative event walking from Fernley, NV to Reno, NV in 17 consecutive hours
2009 MFA Thesis Lecture, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle WA
2007 Introducing New Directions from China Exhibition, Dorkbot Geneva – Zürich, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Video Library (vol. 1), Hedreen Gallery, Seattle WA
  Bodies, Curated by Liz Brown, NSCC Art Gallery, Seattle WA
2013 RINSE REUSE REPEAT, Interstitial Theatre Storefronts Gallery, Seattle WA
  Both Are: a compound love story, Curated by Serrah Russell, PRISM Gallery, Seattle WA
  e4c: urban screens, electronic art, 4Culture Storefront Gallery, Seattle WA
  Trespasses as Whispers, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno NV
2012 Competitive Intangibles, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA
2011 Seattle Community Colleges Faculty Show, NSCC Art Gallery, Seattle WA
2009 Lessons: University of Washington MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA
  Happy Endings: 2009 Strange Coupling VII, Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle WA
  School of Art Annual Juried Student Show, Juried by Rock Hushka, curator of Tacoma Art Museum. Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA
2008 2009 MFA Candidate Show, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA
  Michael Sarich Tribute Show, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV
2007 Flashback: An Art Benefit Auction, Sandpoint Gallery, Seattle WA
  Small and Flat: Work Within Limits. Juried by Eric Fredericksen, director of Western Bridge. Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA
2006 Endowment Fund Grant Recipients’ Exhibition, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV
  8th Biennale Valentine’s Invitational Exhibition, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery; Reno NV
2005 Art in Public Places, Jot Travis Student Union, Reno NV
2004 BFA Thesis Show: This Way Up, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
  7th Biennale Valentine’s Invitational Exhibition, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2003 START, Chapterhouse Gallery, Reno NV
  BFA Review Show, McNamara Gallery, Reno NV
  Annual Student Art Show. Juried by James Gobel, artist. Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2002 Annual Student Art Show. Juried by Beryl Graham, independent curator. Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2001 Art in Public Places: Nail Biter, Jot Travis Student Union, Reno NV
  Wallworks, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV

Grants, Awards, Residencies

2014 Fulbright Shortlist, Fulbright U.S. Student Programs, NY, NY
2013 Fulbright Shortlist, Fulbright U.S. Student Programs, NY, NY
2012 Art/Not Terminal Gallery's Annual Photo Show and Competition, Competition Judge, Seattle WA
2009 De Cillia Teaching with Excellence Nominee, University of Washington, Seattle WA
2006 Endowment Fund Grant, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno NV
  Jackpot Grant, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City NV
  USA Fellowship Nominee, United States Artists, Los Angeles CA
2003 Annual Student Show Juror’s Award, juried by James Gobel, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2002 Best of College Photography Annual, Photographer’s Forum, Santa Barbara CA

Professional Experience

2011-
now
Faculty, Arts, Art Department, North Seattle Community College, Seattle WA
2009-
now
Lecturer, Photography Program, University of Washington, Seattle WA
2010 Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno NV
2008 Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant, Photography Program, University of Washington, Seattle WA
2007 Intern, Plug.in, Art and New Media Institution (a non-profit art organization), Basel, Switzerland
2006 Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno NV
2004-
2005
Artist Services Program Assistant, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, NV