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Elaine M. Erne came to Philadelphia after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a BFA in painting and glass sculpture to attend graduate school for glass sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she received her MFA. She come to Drexel in 2015 and her teaching concentration is in the Visual Studies areas of Introductory Drawing, Figure Drawing 1, and Design 2.
Erne is co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers a Philadelphia based printmaking collaborative. She is the curator of their annual First Edition: Graduating Philadelphia Printmakers, an exhibition which celebrates the new artists joining Philadelphia's printmaking community. She is a recipient of fellowships at the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA, the Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia and is an alumnae of Philadelphia's Nexus Foundation for the Today's Art. Her glass work and works on paper have been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions as well as in nine solo exhibitions. Currently she is working on series of drawings and prints titled The Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals.
Erne is also a teaching artist in the Fleisher Art Memorial's Community Partnership in the Arts where she does residencies in public schools teaching math, science, and literacy through the visual arts. Erne is a lecturer at Moore College of Art and Design and has taught at the University of the Arts both in Philadelphia.