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Summary of Qualifications

Experienced college professor offering knowledge in the development and implementation of educational tools and applications in the classroom. Highly motivated art instructor with extensive background in the following broad-based competencies:

Curriculum Development
Art Education
Art History
Art Production
Public Speaking
Student Development

  • Experience teaching Observational Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Fundamentals, Design Fundamentals, Rapid Visualization, Image Manipulation, Perspective, Mixed Media, Book Illustration, Sequential Illustration, Editorial Illustration, and Art History
  • Skilled in the areas of traditional drawing/painting, illustration, design, printmaking, and mixed media application
  • Computer skills include Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Knowledge of color theory, design, traditional and digital painting techniques, image manipulation, history of American illustration and illustration business and promotion
  • Strong ability to effectively relate to a wide variety of learners


Hartford Art School –Connecticut                                                                                                                                

Master of Fine Arts, Illustration – 2011

Indiana Wesleyan University –Indiana

Bachelor of Science, Illustration and Painting – 2003

Professional Experience

The Art Institute of Saint Louis – Saint Charles, Missouri (2012-present)

Assistant Professor of Foundations

  • Develop and implement lectures, formal critiques, demonstrations, and studio instruction
  • Effectively delivered faculty presentations on student engagement, motivation and retention
  • Delivered faculty training for online grading system (ecompanion)
  • Provided tutoring and advising sessions to increase student success

Freelance Illustrator – Saint Charles, Missouri (2006-present)


  • Responsibilities include production of visual imagery for various commercial and fine art clients
  • Experience in book cover illustration, narrative illustration, advertising, theatrical set painting, picture books, logo design, and gallery installments

The Center for Autism Education – O’Fallon, Missouri (2006-2013)

Art Teacher/Behavior Assistant

  • Develop and implement individualized art lessons for developmentally disabled students.
  • Work closely with behavioral therapists to implement behavior plans, help students reach their IEP goals, record behavioral data and assist in crisis situations.
  • Successfully completed in-depth training in areas such as safe crisis management, abuse and neglect, functional assessments, and Picture Exchange Communication Systems.

Exhibitions, Awards and Publications

  • 2016 Published in American Illustration 35, Link
  • 2016 Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri “Humankind” Judge and guest speaker Link
  • 2016 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “Mary Ewen Memorial Prize”
  • 2016 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “Clearly Human 2” Exhibit
  • 2015 Television exclusive, Wood TV8, Interviewed by Koco McAboy Video Link
  • 2015 Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan “Art Prize” Exhibit
  • 2015 Published in the online winter issue of Creative Quarterly, CQ41 Link
  • 2015 Published in the curated issue of Poets/Artists “Figural Movement” Link
  • 2014 Published in 4-H Today, Interviewed by Morgan Stulpe Link
  • 2014 The B.O.B, Grand Rapids, Michigan “Art Prize” Exhibit
  • 2014 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “Summer Regional Collection” Exhibit
  • 2014 Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri “How We See Her” Exhibit
  • 2014 Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri “Figurative Works” Exhibit
  • 2014 Saint Peters Cultural Art Center, Saint Peters, Missouri “Abstraction” Judge
  • 2013 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “Clearly Human” Exhibit
  • 2013 Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana “Alumni Art Show” Exhibit
  • 2013 Published in St. louis Artist Guild Blog, Interviewed by Adrian Aquilino
  • 2013 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “Frank Crunden Annual Prize”
  • 2013 St. Louis Artist Guild, Saint Louis, Missouri “It’s Not Heat, It’s the Humidity” Exhibit
  • 2013 The Art Order Blog, Online, Viking Challenge “Best Book Cover Award”
  • 2012 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Event, Kansas City, Missouri, “Booth Exhibition”
  • 2012 Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas “Solo Exhibition”
  • 2012 Picasso’s, Saint Charles, Missouri “Solo Exhibition”
  • 2011 Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut “Group Show”
  • 2010 Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri “Pow! Bam! Zap!” Exhibit
  • 2009 University of Hartford, Connecticut “Merit Scholarship”
  • 2008 Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, Missouri “Labor of Love”
  • 2005 Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana “Chapel of Love” Exhibit
  • 2004 Minnetrista, Muncie, Indiana, “Open Space: Art About the Land” Exhibit
  • 2003 Thorn-Apple Gallery, Hastings, Michigan “Solo Exhibition”


Ron Mazellan (New York Times bestselling children’s book illustrator) “Eric Wieringa’s paintings and drawings represent an artist’s journey through the unique landscape of narrative thought. Each painting is a landmark provided for the traveler to engage, ponder, and reflect a world of visual imagery and imagined ideals.”

Jonathan Weyer (Author of The Faithful) “I’m always blown away with Wieringa’s ability to tell a story through his art. The key to amazing storytelling is for readers to identify with their characters and to be drawn into their world. The visual storyteller who can do both is a very rare thing. Eric is that artist who can make you weep and laugh just by showing you the visual world in his brain.”

Stefanie Treadway (Education Director, The Center for Autism Education) “Mr. Wieringa is a dedicated individual who has continually shown flexibility, patience and compassion to both students and peers at The Center for Autism Education. His enthusiasm and commitment in every aspect of his daily life is evident in both his personal and professional life. Eric generously shares his passion through his artistic ability with those who surround him. I am honored to call Eric not only a valued employee, but also a friend.”


International educational travels

  • The Louvre Museum, Paris, France
  • The Musée d’Orsay Museum, Paris, France
  • Eiffiel Tower, (Historic site) Paris, France
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, (Historic site) Paris, France
  • The Tate Modern Museum, London, England
  • The British Museum, London, England
  • Palace of Westminster, (Historic site) London, England
  • Westminster Abbey, (Historic site) London, England
  • The Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Anne Frank House, (Historic site) Amsterdam, Holland
  • The Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • The Berggruen Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • The Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
  • The Egyptian Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • The Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • The Kunstareal Museum, Munich, Germany
  • The Matisse Museum, Nice, France
  • The Chagall Museum, Nice, France
  • The Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Domestic educational travels

  • The Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
  • (MoMA)The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
  • The Society of Illustrators, New York City, New York
  • The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • The Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • The Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
  • The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Lucas Films, San Francisco, California
  • Disney Animation studio, Burbank, California
  • Dream Works, Pasadena, California

Public Speaking

Lectures and demonstrations given at:

  • Park Ridge, (Heritage Charter Academy), Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Prairie View Elementary School, Wentzville, Missouri
  • Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas
  • The Art Institute of Saint Louis, Saint Charles, Missouri
  • SIBA (Stevens Institute of Business and Arts), Saint Louis, Missouri
  • The Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri