Erica Criss, an artist and arts administrator fueled by passion and a devotion to the arts, started her career in Ohio when she received a teaching fellowship from Kent State University. During grad school, she taught several classes in fine art printmaking while managing the studio and learning everything she could about administering arts-educational programming.
Erica's work at Kent State spring-boarded her into the world of non-profits and alongside friends and colleagues, worked to secure a grant to open a fine art printmaking studio in Akron, OH. In 2012 the grant was awarded and Rubber City Prints rented its first home in the downtown area. Shortly after, she moved to New York, but remained an active member of the board.
Since moving to New York, Erica has worked at a few non-profit art organizations across functions like programming, development, marketing, fundraising, and so much more. For the past 5 years she has been a part of the Manhattan Graphics Center where she has helped to develop programming for the non profit organization.
"I am extremely passionate about the arts and how it can help build communities and positively affect society. Studying fine arts has taught me more problem solving skills with real world applications than any other area of study I have pursued. Sharing the benefits of art is my life’s mission and I do it with joy and conviction."