Erik Blome is an accomplished sculptor with works that dot the nation. His work encompasses everything from small-scale sculpture and drawings created for display in galleries to publicly commissioned monumental size bronzes for stadiums, cities, museums, universities and public spaces. Large-scale commissioned sculpture works have been permanently installed in the downtown areas of major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Dallas, Milwaukee, Alexandria VA, Montgomery AL, and Dayton OH. He also completed a large (20 foot tall) steel sculpture project in 2009 in southern Ethiopia. Erik was born and raised in the Chicago area where he currently resides.
Erik attended the University of Michigan where he earned a B.F.A. in Fine Art with a heavy concentration in figurative sculpture. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Boston University. Subsequently, he received a Rotary Scholarship and did postgraduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England, where he received a postgraduate diploma in sculpture and drawing. Erik has shown his work at galleries and in shows across the country and has completed numerous private commissions and impressive monumental public figurative sculpture works, including (clickable):
George Washington Carver a life-size bronze figure sculpture of the African-American scientist and inventor for a real estate development company in Arizona;
Thurgood Marshall a life-size bronze bust of the late Supreme Court Justice commissioned by the Mayor's Office of the City of Chicago for the City's newly constructed Thurgood Marshall Public Library;
James Jordan two over life-size bronze portraits commissioned by the Chicago Bulls for the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club on Chicago's west side (1996);
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a nine and one-half foot tall bronze figure for the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee which was installed on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee in January of 1998;
Duke Ellington a bronze bas-relief for Northern Illinois University (1999);
John Sturdivant a larger than life-size bronze bust of the late Labor leader for the "Great Hall" in the lobby of Department of Labor in Washington D.C.(1999);
Ms. Rosa Parks a life-size bronze figure sculpture of Ms Parks seated on a bus seat for the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Alabama (2000);
Jack Benny an over life-size bronze sculpture for the city of Waukegan, Illinois;
Ms. Marie Aull a life-size bronze figure for the Garden Club of Dayton, Ohio; a bust of the renowned African-American scientist,
George Graziadio a seven foot bronze likeness of major benefactor and banking icon for Pepperdine University;
"African Elephant" a 2/3 life-size bronze for the Embassy of Cote D'Ivoire in Washington DC.
"Mississippi Harvest" a 28 foot bronze sculpture created for the riverfront and commissioned by the City of Muscatine, Iowa.
Erik's Studio has handled everything from very large-scale bronze sculpture projects to restoration projects on commission.
Erik is very involved in his community and has taught sculpture and drawing at several colleges and art schools, including at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the Royal College of Art in London. He was visiting artist at the American University in Cairo in 2009, and artist-in-residence at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in December 2010-January 2011 where he built a fine art bronze foundry. Currently he is artist-in-residence at the City of Oak Lawn, Illinois where he has a temporary studio set-up to create a 911 monument using large steel beams from the World Trade Center in New York City.
Additionally, Erik and his wife Charlotte Blome founded and run a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization called "When I Grow Up I Want To Be... " Inc. which over the past several years has brought art and other supplies, art workshops, and much attention to Ethiopian kids, both orphans and streetkids. They travel there frequently. These programs and works have been exhibited widely throughout the USA. (http://www.whenigrowupiwanttobe.org)