University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

Colburn Gallery Exhibit: Erik Hougen "Criminal

Erik Hougen’s Criminal is an exhibition of prints and drawings in the Colburn Gallery, Williams

Hall on the UVM campus that opens March 21 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Criminal will run through April 4. The artist will be giving a gallery talk on March 21 at 5:30 PM. Erik Hougen received his MFA in 2008 from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions including Sugarlift, Brooklyn; Planthouse, New York; Kunsthalle Galapagos; Brooklyn and the International Print Center of New York, New York among others. He is currently the Artistic Director and Master Printer of the Lower Eastside Printshop in New York City.


“The artwork in the exhibition is driven by the collective conscience of the American experience. These scenes of absences and reflection reference childhood memories, the supernatural, dreams and are meant to depict the seemingly familiar. Using found photographs and objects in conjunction with my own photographs, I imagine an existence being lived by two people leading parallel lives. They depict an America that is familiar, yet one without specific details. The title, Criminal, was chosen to cast a shadow over the work, or provide a viewing lens. It was originally inspired by America’s use, or sometimes misuse of the word. The creative process began with sorting through my catalog of photographs, and using the word “criminal” I started imagining plots, or stories that these photographs are part of. The work in the show is organized by groupings, to make spaces between the work, both physical and imagined, that

exist only in our mind.”

Erik Hougen

Brooklyn, NY



Francis Colburn Gallery

University of Vermont

307Williams Hall

Burlington, VT

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