Waco Creek: Static/Dynamic Urban Wilderness by Erika Huddleston

November 16, 2017-January 21, 2018

Mayborn Museum, 1300 South University Parks Drive

Artist Reception Thursday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

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Dallas-and-Austin based artist Erika Huddleston is known for her nature paintings in urban settings and began her work along Waco Creek in June of 2017. She has spent time painting in situ at sites like the mouth of the creek on Baylor University campus, where it empties into the Brazos; little-known Bell’s Hill Park; and other pedestrian access points. In addition to her signature expressionistic oil paintings, Erika’s Waco Creek exhibition at the Mayborn Museum will reflect her research on Waco, through stories from locals and research at Baylor’s Texas Collection, showing the importance of the creek and other waterways to the area’s geography and history. Huddleston says of her intentions, “I like to capture things you can’t find on a map, that are true to the unseen. They exist, but you just don’t see them.”

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Huddleston has always been drawn to the idea of water meeting city and decided to center her showcase on the smaller urban waterway, rather than the better-known Brazos River. She has become somewhat known around Waco for being found painting in overlooked places (see this Waco Trib article). An area resident who visited with her said, “Her paintings, I feel, are a perfect representation of what it is like to see the world ‘in full color.’”

Erika Huddleston is a Texas artist who attended Parsons School of Design and the University of Texas for a masters of landscape architecture. She teaches first grade art and is a contributor to "Aether" art journal and "Texas Architect." Texas Monthly magazine in Spring 2017 included her in their list of the top ten Texas artists to collect now. Huddleston was selected as a 2015 Hunting Prize nominee. In 2013-2014, she was an artist with bcWORKSHOP for an “Activating Vacancy” project in the Tenth Street historic district in Dallas, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the artist in residence with the Shoal Creek Conservancy in Austin in 2014. Huddleston’s work is in the collection of the Four Seasons in Austin and multiple other private collections.