ericamerylthomas [at] gmail [dot] com

2018

Some Light at the End, publication art director and producer, expected publication Dec 2018

West Jersey Lambs War, publication designer and producer, expected publication Dec 2018

Here to Stay, Curator and Exhibition Producer, MATTER, Portland, OR, Nov 2-4, 2018

Visiting Lecturer at Creatives in Conversation, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, September 24, 2018

Tourism and the Local Gaze, artist talk, b-side Festival, Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset, UK

Visiting Artist, b-side Festival, Portland, Dorset, UK. September 2018

Producer, NotMoMA, We. Construct. Marvels. Between. Monuments. Exibition at Portland Art Museusm, May 11–July 8, 2018

Producer on behalf of Mammalian Diving Reflex. All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX. April 2018.

Recess @ Human.School, workshop facilitator, Human.School Conference, Portland, OR. Feb 27, 2018

Career Paths: Taka Yamamoto, Walker Cahall, Katheryn Cellerini & Erica Thomas, Portland State University coLAB panel discussion, panelist
Feb 7, 2018

ART/LIFE PRACTICE: Approaches to Nonmonogamy, Workshop Facilitator, with a visit by Renee Sills. Jan 18, 2018

Let's Talk About Sexual Healing, Contributing Writer: Moving Toward Liberated Relationships (Publication by Renee Sills), Release date Jan 12, 2018

2017

On Time, Publication Producer (in collaboration with Sarah Farahat) and Artist, Release date Dec 12, 2017

Elemental Economics, Curator, Exhibition by artist Renee Sills. Featuring work by Elisabeth Horan, Hannon Welch, Janna Dorothy, JP Jenkins, Ralph Pugay, Reva DeVito, Salty [Xi Jie Ng], and Works Progress Agency. Exhibited at MATTER, Portland, OR, Dec 2017.

Stranger Bird, Producer and Publication Designer, Release Date Nov 3, 2017

Artist Activist Resistance Tactics, Facilitator, Semimonthly Workshop Series, MATTER, August 2017–ongoing

All Wealth Comes from the Earth, Curator, collaborative exhibition with Renee Sills and Janna Dorothy, May-June 2017

Grand Opening of MATTER, Producer & Curator, storefront artspace connected to Works Progress Agency, May 5, 2017

What is this Place? Interviews around the Emerson Street House, Publication Producer & Editor, interviews, April 2017

Ink for Impact, ACLU benefit workshop, Producer, Design Week Portland 2017, hosted by The Cleaners @ Ace Hotel Portland

Girls to the Front, Monthly workshop for teen girls, Facilitator, hosted by Newspace Center for Photography, Jan–July 2017

Founder/Creative Director, Works Progress Agency // worksprogressagency.com

2016

Tarot, group exhibition of new works on paper, Artist, Lexington, KY, Oct 2016

How to Dance Like a Boss, Contributing Artist/Performer, Portland, OR, Oct 2016

Self-Declared: Practice and Politics of DIY Artist Residencies in Portland, OR, Presenter, Alliance of Artist Communities Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2016

Precarious Creative Workers of the World Little Red Songbook, Artist, original lyrics for group exhibition and publication, The Company House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2016

Presenter, Getting to Know You(Tube): Eric Isaacson, Erica Thomas and Michael Bunsen, Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR, Feb 2016

2015

Recipient, Randall Szot's 2015 ANNUAL TOP TEN FACEBOOK FRIENDS LIST award(8th Place)

TBA 2016 Time Based Art Festival, Artist Services Manager, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Founder & Host, visiting resident : Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Portland, OR

2014

All the Sex I've Ever Had, Producer, Mammalian Diving Reflex, featured at the 2014 Time Based Arts Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Public Displays of Admiration, Artist, American Society of Civil Engineers 2014 Annual Conference, Oregon Convention Center, collaboration with Emily Fitzgerald, August 2014, Portland, OR

Public Displays of Affection, Artist, Portland Building Installation Space, collaboration with Emily Fitzgerald, June 2nd–June 27th, 2014, Portland, OR

Psychic Landscape of the Art Museum, Artist, Portland Art Museum, Shine a Light group show, Portland, OR

Dreamland performance, Artist, Weird Shift Storefront, collaboration with Amy Conway, July 2014, Portland, OR

Pillow Talk performance, Artist, Assembly: A Social Practice Get Together, Portland Art Museum, June 2014, Portland, OR

Pillow Talk performance, Artist, Weird Shift Storefront, July 2014, Portland, OR

Text Message Plays, Artist, Weird Shift Storefront, July 2014, Portland, OR

Whatʼs Mine is Yours: Labor, Participation, and Generosity in Feminist Art/Life Practices, Artist, Workshop at Open Engagement 2014, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Bitch Media, online content producer, http://bitchmagazine.org/profile/erica-thomas

I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, Project Manager, Photographer, Fundraising, artist book by Jen Delos Reyes, Published 2015. 

2013

Women’s Work, Artist, Portland Art Museum, May 18, 2013,  Portland, OR

Objectification Stories, Artist, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR May 18, 2013, Portland, OR

TV on the Pirate Radio Artist, installation at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Dreamland performance, Artist, Mt. Tabor Park, Portland, OR–August 18, 2013, Portland, OR

Dreamland performance, Artist, Mt. Tabor Park, Portland, OR–August 2, 2013, Portland, OR

Friends of Trees Neighborhood Coordinator: Rose City Park 2012–2013

The Rear View screening at The Hideout as part of “T is For Talent Show” fundraiser, Portland, OR

Object(ification) Stories live edit and simultaneous screening at Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

The Rear View screening at Field Work, Portland, OR

2012

My Future My Choice, Director/Producer, middle school sexual health curriculum video series, commissioned by State of Oregon, Nov 2012, Portland, OR

Secondhand Report, Artist, presented at Creative Time Summit, Oct 2012, New York, NY

PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Retreat, Organizer, Sept 2012, Mt. St. Helens National Monument, WA

[ongoing] Marriage is a Collaboration, Artist, research-based relationship development - opening reception Sept 2, 2012, Portland, OR

Urban Ecology Tour Series: Birds, Artist, presented at Open Engagement, May 2012, Portland, OR

Urban Ecology Tour Series: Gardens , Artist, presented at Open Engagement, May 2012, Portland, OR

Urban Ecology Tour Series: Invasive Species, Artist,  presented at Open Engagement, May 2012, Portland, OR

Urban Ecology Tour Series: Trees, Artist,  presented at Open Engagement, May 2012, Portland, OR

2012, Interview with Gina Reichert of Design 99, in conversation with 2012/13 edition

Rose City Park Neighborhood Association Land Use and Transportation Committee Member, 2012

Open Engagement, Socially Engaged Filmmaking Panel, co-organized and moderated with Julie Perini, Portland, OR

2011

50 Plants, Artist, micro-installations along the roads between Oregon and Kentucky, various locations nationwide

[ongoing] Artist in Residence, Artist, began in 2011, Portland, OR

Surprise Tour: Rose City Park, Artist, socially engaged video project, Portland, OR - Jan 2011, Portland, OR

Rose City Park Neighborhood Association RCPNA Board Member & Committee Member 2011–2013

Portland State University, Open Engagement Conference Documentation Volunteer, Spring 2011

My Future My Choice Premier, Lincoln Hall Theater, Portland State University, Portland, OR

My Future My Choice screened in all public middle school sexual health classes, statewide, Oregon

2010

Rear View original short film, Artist, premiered at The Waypost, April 2010, Portland, OR

The Comments Section, Artist, socially engaged video project, Nov 2010, web-based

2009

NW Documentary, Tech Advisor for Open Lab and Volunteer for Homegrown Doc Fest,  April 2009–2011

Friends of Trees Volunteer Crew March 2009

Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Legacy, 12 mins documentary, Director/Producer video produced for Nohad A. Toulon School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, Portland, OR

2004-08

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Operation Read ESL Teacher, Spring 2008

Sharing Capitol Ideas CSG Annual Conference, Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, WY

“State Response to Technological Obsolescence,” Trends in America. Published by the Council of State Governments, Nov 2007

Lexington Art League Woodland Arts Fair Committee Member March 2007– Aug 2008

History of the Council - Council of State Governments Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Harriet Van Meter: A Life Extraordinary 30 mins, first aired on KET in 2006, Cinematographer, Editor, Graphics, Lexington, KY

National Paddling Film Festival, Pro Judge yearly benefit for American Whitewater, Feb 2006

Keep it Real Public Engagement Project commissioned by City of Lexington Project Managed and Art Directed, Aug 2004 - Jan 2005, Lexington, KY

Keep it Real awards ceremony and screening, event management and production. Hosted at Kentucky Theater 2004, ‘05, ‘06, Lexington, KY

Residencies

March 2019 Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia

May 2013 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2012 Rose City Park Neighborhood, Portland, OR



Academic

Portland State University 2011–2014, MFA Contemporary Art Practices

2010 (post-baccalaureate) Art and Social Practice, instructors Harrell Fletcher and Ariana Jacob

Portland State University, 2010-11, Certificate in Project Management

Portland State University, 2011, Certificate in Conflict Resolution

University of Kentucky 1999–2005, BA Media Arts and Studies

Art Academy of Cincinnati (post-baccalaureate) 2005, no degree associated

Courses taken: Pre-Press Production, Independent Study: Video and New Media Production



Work Experience

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Works Progress Agency, Dec 2016

Studio Manager, Think Joule, January–October 2016

Artist Services Manager, PICA 2015 Time Based Art Festival, Portland, OR

Strategist /Project Manager, Green Rising Marketing,  Portland, OR

Local Producer, PICA 2014 TBA Festival, All the Sex I've Ever Had, for Darren O'Donnell and Mammalian Diving Reflex, July 2014–Sept 2014

Contributor, Bitch Media, June 2014

Web and Social Media Content Intern, Bitch Media, Feb–June 2014

Project Manager "I Want to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: The Artist Impetus Towards Art in Everyday Life," an artist book by Jen Delos Reyes, 2013–present

Portland State University, Teaching Assistant: Sculpture 291 Winter 2014

Portland State University, Graduate Assistant: Arts Organization Partnerships 2013–present 

Dreamland Art Collective, Co-Founder 2013–present

Disjecta, Gallery Assistant and Curatorial Assistant August–Nov 2013

Portland Art Museum, Education Department Intern 2012–2013

Portland State University, Graduate Assistant: Shine a Light Coordinator September 2012–June 2014

Portland State University, Digital Media Producer 2008–2011, Portland, OR

Council of State Governments, Helpdesk and Training Coordinator 2006–2008, Lexington, KY

Video Editing Services, Producer 2004–2006 {Lexington, KY}

Kentucky Educational Television PBS Affiliate, Assistant Producer 2003, Lexington, KY

Art Handling & Installation

Dreamland, July 2014, Weird Shift, Portland, OR

Public Displays of Admiration, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

Public Displays of Affection, Portland Building Installation Space, Portland, OR

subject, answer, countersubject Disjecta Gallery, Oct–Nov 2013, curated by Summer Guthrie. Gallery prep, installation, maintenance, de-installation, Portland, OR

Dreamland, July 2013, installation in public spaces, Portland, OR

Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 2013, group show. Installation of several projects into museum gallery spaces, Portland, OR

Lectures/ Workshops/ Classes

2014 July - Empowerment Camp for Girls - Creative Roots - Artist talk, Facilitated conversation on of socially engaged art, and workshop on interview techniques {Portland OR}

2014 May - Open Engagement Converence - Facilitated Conversations on Feminism Practices in Socially Engaged Art, Queens, NY

2014 Winter Term, Teaching Assistant: Sculpture 291 "Found Objects in Sculptural Practices"

2013 Oct, Creative Time Summit - Shadow Summit curated conversation on racial injustice, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY

2013 April, New School, Sex Education in an Art Context (online)

2013 Feb, Girls Lead Program, Young Women Filmmakers Workshop

1998–2003 Teaching Assistant Art Academy of Cincinnati, Community Education Department, Art for Kids program

Grants and Awards

2013 RACC Grant, co-writer - Literature - I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song:The Artist Impetus Towards Art in Everyday Life

2013 Awarded RACC Exhibition for Portland Building Installation Space - Redefining Family: A Portrait of Portland, June 3–June 27, 2014

2013 Awesome Portland, Winner - for Dreamland, Nov 2013

2013 AAA Travel Grant, Portland State University, Student Activities and Leadership Program

2005/06 Addy Award - Gold, Public Service Poster, Project Manager

2005/06 Addy Award - Silver, Public Service Campaign: Interactive Broadcast/Electronic, www.keep-it-real.us, Project Manager & Copywriter