Chair and Associate Professor of Art + Design
Robert N. Thompson
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Dr. Erica L. Grimm works with themes of embodiment and liminality. She has had over 25 solo exhibitions and is in numerous private and public collections, including the Vatican Art Collection, Canada Council Art Bank and the Richmond Art Gallery. She was the Distinguished Nash Lecturer at the University of Regina, the first Prize recipient of the Imago National Juried Art Competition, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnae from the University of Regina. Erica’s current visual work uses encaustic, steel, medical imagery (PET scans, Angioplasty animated gifs., EKG readings), video and sound, exploring how the body is mapped and how the meaning of body travels over various materials and culturally specific signifiers of meaning. Her PhD dissertation The Aesthetics of Attentiveness: A Philosophy for Artists and Educators  is a philosophical aesthetics written from the vantage point of the maker of art. It proposes that in the active practice of making work artists come to knowing by passing through a liminal passage of unknowing.  Art-making can therefore be thought of as a kind of apophatic epistemology, a form of understanding born out of mindful attention. Her dissertation identifies three phases of creative liminality: a recognition that to come to the act of making requires three phases of embodied engagement; the rituals of self-emptying; the liminal space of creation; and the reflective act of seeing again what the artist has come to understand through creating.


Research & Scholarship


  • Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University)
  • Academie der Bildenden Kunste (Munich, Germany)
  • BFA (Great Distinction) (University of Regina)

Awards & Honors

  • 2012 SSHRC Provost Research Award
  • SSHRC TWU Internal Award, 2005
  • Distingished Nash Lecturer at Campion College at the University of Regina
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Regina, 2002
  • First Prize Imago Juried Art Competition
  • B Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board

Recent Publications

  • A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art, Laguna Art Museum, CA.
  • The Next Generation: Contemporary Expressions of Faith, MOBIA, New York City/li>
  • RAG 25 Years 25 Artists, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

Affiliations & Memberships

  • CIVA (Christian in the Visual Arts)
  • CAA (College Art Association


Studio Art-Drawing, Painting and Intermedia Practices, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art Education, Embodiment & Liminality, and Cultural Theory