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Drew Ernst

Drew Ernst attended Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the oldest art museum and school in the United States. There, he studied under accomplished artists such as Sidney Goldman, Peter Paone, and Bo Bartlett.
To learn the intricacies of the human form, Ernst also spent time at the Hannaman Medical School in Philadelphia, drawing cadavers.

Drew Ernst’s work captures mixed, even conflicting, emotions and oppositional energies. The scale, generally large and sometimes monumental, allows the paintings to take on their own life. Their human size invites the viewer to become a part of the depicted universe, to step past the surface, to engage and explore the different layers hidden within the strong light that defines Ernst’s world.

Ernst credits his creative drive and photographic precision to childhood experiences of observing his father, an image-maker. As a very small child, he would sit on the floor of his father’s dark room with a huge roll of white paper and finger paint. While his father developed photos, he would paint in the dark or hue of the red light.

Commenting on his own creative process Ernst states that like the resulting work, it is a complex thing, “contradictory, containing both positive and negative energy, a strange journey through the human psyche, bringing inspiration and excitement.” Each new idea experienced as both a “sort of meditation-like zone” but also “an obsession. Our minds take us to strange places.”

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1998 Graduate, East Knox High School, Howard
2002 Graduate with Four-Year Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

EXHIBITIONS

2015 RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2015 Art Southampton, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA
2014 Pascal Hall, Rockport, ME
2013 Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA
2013 Summerville Manning, Wilmington, DE
2012 Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA
2011 Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA
2010 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2009 Long View Gallery, Washington, DC
2008 Winston Wachter Fine Art, Solo Show, Seattle, WA
2008 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
2007 Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2007 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
2006 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
2006 Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH
2006 Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH
2006 Pearl Concord Gallery, Mansfield, OH
2006 BOMA Gallery, Columbus, OH
2005 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
2005 Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Art Access Gallery, Columbus, OH

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

1996 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition
1996 Ohio Capital Conference Visual Art Invitational
1996 Who’s Who Among American High School Students
1997 Best of Show, Knox County High Schools Juried Art Show sponsored by Mount Vernon Nazarene College
1997 Top 25, Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Full scholarship to Otterbein College
1998 Full Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1997-98 School Year – Taught Eighth Grade art students
1997-98 School Year – First Place Award, Ohio Arts & Crafts Guild Scholarship Competition, Scholarship to an Ohio College
1998 Best of Show, Knox County High Schools Juried Art Show sponsored by Mount Vernon Nazarene College
1998 Top 25, Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition
1998-1999 Scholarship Academic Year to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1998 Ducks Unlimited – Best of Show and lst Place
1998 Scholarship to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1998 Chad Mierzjewski Scholarship
2000 M. G. Capuzzi Memorial, Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
2000 National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stacey Scholarship Winner
2001 Alexander Prize, Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
2001 Artists’ House Gallery Award, Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
2001 J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship, Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
2001 Susan Carlen Brown Memorial Prize for Aqueous Media on Paper, Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
2001-2002 Attended human anatomical dissections and drawing sessions at Hannaman Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002 National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stacey Scholarship Winner
2006 Best of Show, Pearl Concord Gallery, Mansfield, OH
2006 Allied Artists Award, 70th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art
2010 Phil Desind Award, 74th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art

PUBLICATIONS

OAS Magazine, Winter 2009
OAS Magazine, Winter 2008, Featured Artist front and back covers
American Art Collector, Dec 07
Southwest Art, “21 Young Artists to Collect Now,” Sept 06
New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition – in – Print, No 65, Sept 06
Home and Design Sourcebook, Fall/Winter 2006
Mid-Atlantic: Philadelphia/Washington DC Gallery Guide Cover Story, 12/06
Hillrag (DC), 12/06

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Taught 7th & 8th graders art during junior and senior year of High School
Assistant to Bo Bartlet’s Master Class, 2006 and 2009

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