Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Erika Stearly

Erika Stearly

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Emerging
Experienced With Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Public art, Lectures, Leading workshops, Collaboration

Convinced that contemporary realities are complex enough to sustain multiple approaches to painting, I integrate representational image-making with abstraction’s emphasis on materiality and mark-making to depict the clutter of household objects.  Named using the street addresses of the residences depicted, the imagery in these paintings balances ses of the residencetan impulse to faithfully render the objects against the emphasis on the hand of the artist.  The combination of abstraction and representation romanticizes these spaces in a way that invites the viewer to construct their own narrative of the scene. 


A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, Erika Stearly makes paintings of the spaces where people live. Her paintings, which are both fictional and biographical, have recently been included in invitational exhibitions in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Melbourne and were also featured in a solo exhibition at the Boxheart Gallery in Pittsburgh in early 2019.  Ms. Stearly's work has been featured in Create! magazine and is represented by PxP Contemporary.


Ms. Stearly has received numerous awards in support of her work, including artist grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her MFA in 2014. She was the 2015 Emerging Artist in Residence at Penn State University, where she taught painting, and was a 2018 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Kutztown University.   


Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701

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  • Painting
  • Mixed-media
  • Drawing


  • Abstract
  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Collage
  • Gestural
  • Gouache
  • Paper
  • Still life
  • Watercolor
  • Landscape