2001, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, OR
2004, McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis, TX
2013, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX

Born 1971, USA

Currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. Has previously lived and worked in: Port Townsend, WA; Doha, Qatar; Marfa, TX; Santa Fe, NM; Paris, France; New York, NY; Boston area, MA.

Awards & Fellowships

2023 Emerson Collective Fellowship

2022 International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences’ Official Webby Honoree for “Astromaterials 3D” in the category of Best Data Visualization

2021 NASA Johnson Space Center Director’s Innovation Award for “Astromaterials 3D”

2021 NASA Johnson Space Center Exceptional Software Award for “Astromaterials 3D”

2019 Public Art Award, Houston Mayoral Office of Cultural Affairs & Art League Houston, Houston, TX

2016 Science-Principal Investigator, NASA ROSES PDART Grant, Proposal No.: 15-PDART15_2-0041 for “Astromaterials 3D”

2015 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington, DC

2011 Emergency Project Support Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2010 Purchase Prize, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY

2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship Program, New York, NY

2002 Kultusministerium Exhibition Grant, Land Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

2001 Artist Support Grant, The Polaroid Collection, Waltham, MA

2000 Creative Capital Foundation Award, New York, NY

2000 Artist Support Grant, The Polaroid Collection, Waltham, MA

2000 Special Editions Fellowship, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY

1998 Change, Inc., Captiva, FL


2021 Island Press, Sam Fox School of Art, University of Washington, St. Louis, MO

2018 Artist-in-Residence, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL

2013 Exhibition Residency, National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network, New Orleans, LA

2011 Artist-in-Residence, Latz Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

2011 Artist-in-Residence, Cape Farewell, Scottish Expedition

2009 Artist-in-Residence & Team Member, ITASC Research Team, SANAE Research Base, Antarctica

2004 Inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

2004 Artist-in-Residence, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX

2001 Artist-in-Residence, Latz Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Erika Blumenfeld: Tracing Luminaries, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

2018 Erika Blumenfeld: Encyclopedia of Trajectories, Rice Public Art, Rice University, Houston, TX

2015 Erika Blumenfeld: Light Recordings, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX

2013 Water, water every where…, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX

2010 Moving Light, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

2010 No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, TATE Modern, London, UK (Presented by Ballroom Marfa)

2009 Early Findings: Artifacts from The Polar Project, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (In conjunction with Land/Art New Mexico)

2009 Moving Light: Spring, Fusebox Festival, Salvage-Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX

2007 Erika Blumenfeld: The Intention of Light, Willem de Kooning Academie, BLAAK 10 Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Presented by the International Film Festival Rotterdam in their “Exploding Cinema: Speed of Light” program)

2006 Enduring Light, RULE Gallery, Denver, CO

2006 Light and Time, HWY 90 Gallery, Marfa, TX

2005 Light Phenomena, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2005 Visible Light, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2005 Lunation 1011, Ballroom, Marfa, TX

2004 Inconstant Moon, DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston, TX

2002 Light Recordings, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Moments of Light, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Time and Place, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA (Curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker)

2017 Axis Mundi, PlatteForum, Denver, CO

2016 Decade: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 Arts, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM

2016 Light / Mass: The Invisible Is Real, Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, TX (3-person show with Jem Goulding & Munson Hunt)

2015 PICA: Celebrating 20 Years, Reflecting on the First Decade, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2014 Systema, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX

2014 Satellite, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX

2013 Columna 02 – Make Shift(s), Temple d’Auguste et de Livie, Vienne, in conjunction with the 12ème Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (Curated by CCNOA)

2013 Trouble the Water, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA (Curated by Diane Barber)

2013 Community Supported Art, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar

2012 Carbon 13, Ballroom, Marfa, TX (Curated by David Buckland, Cape Farewell)

2012 Carbon 12, Espace Electra, Fondation EDF, Paris, France (Curated by David Buckland, Cape Farewell)

2010 Case Studies, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM (Curated by Laura Addison)

2010 30 Years of Collecting: Recent Gift to the Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2010 Sur Polar II: Arte en Artartida, Centro Cultural de Espana en Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010 Biennial: Art of the Edge, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM (Curated by Nicholas Baume)

2010 Inclemencia Del Tiempo, SUBTE, Montevideo, Uruguay

2009 Gefrorene Zeit, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany

2009 Intempéries: 2nd Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina (curated by Alfons Hug and Fernando Farina)

2009 Intempéries: o fim do tempo, OCA, Sao Paulo, Brazil (curated by Alfons Hug and Alberto Saraiva)

2009 Intempéries: 2nd Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Vesleskaervet Nunatak, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (curated by Alfons Hug)

2008 Keeping Time: Cycle and Duration in Contemporary Photography, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

2008 Photography: New Mexico, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2008 Works on Paper: The Natalie & Irving Forman Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2008 Teleport Färgfabriken, Färgfabriken Norr, Östersund, Sweden

2007 The Art & Artifice of Science, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

2006 Constellation, Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM (3-person show with Constance Dejong & Jennifer Joseph, curated by Laura Addison)

2006 Double Exposure, Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels, Belgium

2006 2-Step, Hertfordshire University Galleries (UH Galleries), Hertfordshire, UK (Curated by Petra Bungert)

2006 Gmundner Symposion: Fotografie Konkret, Kammerhofgalerie, Gmunden, Austria

2006 2-Step, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (Curated by Petra Bungert)

2005 Landmark, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2005 The Natalie & Irving Forman Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2004 In Focus: Themes in Photography, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2003 Light Index, Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, NY (3-person show with Ellen Carey & Amanda Means)

2003 Color, Material and Method, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

2003 Peace Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2002 Licht / Wasser, Galerie der Stadt Mainz—Brückenturm, Mainz, Germany (2-person show with Eric Tillinghast)

2002 Santa Fe On Site: Vancouver, Buschlen Mowatt Annex, Vancouver, Canada

2002 Looking Back: Interactions, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Erika Blumenfeld / Eric Tillinghast, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM (2-person show)

1999 Summer Group Show, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

1999 Contemporary Art ’99, The Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM (Curated by Louis Grachos)

Selected Books & Catalogues

2021 Crist, Steve, ed. Polaroid Now. Essays by Steve Crist, Oskar Smolokowski and John Reuter. Los Angeles, CA: Chronical Chroma. 272-273.

2021 Time & Place: Water, Sky, Land (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Anne Wilkes Tucker. Lynchburg, VA: Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.

2016 Przbyto-Ibadullajev, Marta (Ed.). LUX. Essay by Jorg Colberg. Warsaw, Poland: Archeology of Photography Foundation. 32, 33, 116, 117.

2016 Decade: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 Arts (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Lucy Lippard. Albuquerque, NM: 516 Arts. 1, 2, 6.

2014 Zell, Andrea and Johannes Ebert, eds. Klima Kunst Kultur. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl.

2014 Brown, Andrew. Art & Ecology Now. New York, NY. Thames & Hudson. 0-4, 48-49.

2014 Visual Artists Network: Exhibitions 2013-2014 (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Alec De Leon. New Orleans, LA: National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. 50-53.

2012 Carbon 12: Art and Climate Change (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Alanna Mitchell. Paris, France: Somogy Edition D’Art, Espace Fondation EDF, Cape Farewell. 74-89.

2012 Banerjee, Subhankar, ed. Arctic Voices: Resistance at the tipping point. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press. 55, 86, 384 (plate 37).

2010 Sbarge, Suzanne, Bill Gillbert, Lucy Lippard, William L. Fox, Nancy Marie Mithlo and MaLin Wilson-Powell. Land/Art New Mexico. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books. 111, 155.

2010 Dixon, Robert and Nicholas Birns. Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. 196-197, 204-205.

2010 Charley Independents: No Soul for Sale. (Exhibition catalogue). Cattelan, Charley (ed.) Distributed Art Pub Inc. 47.

2010 Sur Polar: Arte en Antartida. (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Andrea Juan. Centro Cultural de Espana en Buenos Aires, Argentina. 10-11, 18-19.

2009 Hug, Alfons, Ilija Trojanow, Mirko Bonne and Erika Blumenfeld. Arte Da Antartida (Art from Antarctica). Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Ed. Aeroplano. Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro. 12-14, 107, 109-131, 132-155, 183-184.

2008 Barrow, Thomas, Stuart Ashman and Kristin Barendsen. Photography: New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Fresco Fine Art Publications. 50-59.

2008 Crist, Steve, ed. The Polaroid Book. Essay by Barbara Hitchcock. Cologne, Germany: Taschen. 178.

2008 Wei, Lilly and Louis Grachos. The Natalie & Irving Forman Collection: Works on Paper. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery. 32-33.

2008 Teleport Färgfabriken: We Did Everything Wrong (Exhibition catalogue). Essays by Jan Åman, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Andreas Angelidakis. Stockholm, Sweden: Färgfabriken.

2007 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam. (Exhibition catalogue). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Film Festival Rotterdam. Addendum catalogue. 11. (Also online: https://iffr.com/en/2007/films/the-intention-of-light)

2006 2-step. (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Petra Bungert. Oslo, Norway: Kunstnernes Hus.

2006 Fotographie Konkret. (Exhibition catalogue). Ritter Verlag, Wein & Klagenfurt, Germany. 78-81.

2005 Erika Blumenfeld: Light Phenomena. (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by Arden Reed. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Center for Contemporary Arts.

2005 Wei, Lilly and Louis Grachos. The Natalie & Irving Forman Collection: Painting & Sculpture. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery. 49-50.

2005 Crist, Steve, ed. The Polaroid Book. Essay by Barbara Hitchcock. Cologne, Germany: Taschen. 208-211.

2003 Licht/Wasser. (Exhibition catalogue). Essay by David Clemmer. Mainz, Germany: Galerie der Stadt Mainz Brückenturm.

2001 Editions 2001. (Fellowship catalogue). Essay by Franklin Sirmans. New York: Lower East Side Print Shop.

Selected Articles & Reviews

2022 NASA. “Astromaterials 3D.” Houston We Have A Podcast. Episode 263. December. https://www.nasa.gov/johnson/HWHAP/astromaterials-3D/

2022 Radio France. “La Menil Collection, la lumière d’Erika Blumenfeld, et Marfa, Mecque texane de l’art contemporain.” France Culture: Affaire Culturelle. Episode 3/5. December. https://www.radiofrance.fr/franceculture/podcasts/affaires-culturelles/affaires-culturelles-au-texas-carnet-de-route-troisieme-jour-1196911

2022 Kruesi, Liz. “The Immortal Marks of Stars.” National Geographic. Vol. 242 No. 2. 15-18. August. Digital version: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/how-notes-from-the-mothers-of-astronomy-were-reclaimed-in-art

2021 Carey-Kent, Paul. “Erika Blumenfeld: The Rock Fan Who Loves Light Shows.” Seisma Magazine. January 10. https://seismamag.com/visual-fine-art/blumenfeld

2019 NASA. Michelsohn, Noah (Ed.). “NASA Effort Digitizes Moon Rock, Making 3D Sample Available Beyond Researchers.” NASA Feature. July 24. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-effort-digitizes-moon-rock-making-3d-sample-available-beyond-researchers

2018 NASA. McAllister, Morgan. “Fireballs and Wonder: Artist Explores New Trajectories for Making NASA’s Astromaterials Accessible and Relatable.” NASA Feature. October 9. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/fireballs-and-wonder-artist-explores-new-trajectories-for-making-nasa-s-astromaterials

2018 Shilcutt, Katharine. “Shooting stars blazing on campus.” Rice University News. September 21. http://news.rice.edu/2018/09/21/the-heavens-on-earth-at-the-brc/

2016 Coggiola, Patrizia. “The Essence of Light: As distilled by Erika Blumenfeld.” DAMn Magazine. March/April: 108-111.

2015 Hostetter, Alaena. “From Aurora Dallas to Aurora Australis: The Marriage of Art and Tech.” D Magazine. October 20. http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2015/10/from-aurora-dallas-to-aurora-australis-the-marriage-of-art-and-tech/

2015 Zotos, John. “Light of the Midnight Sun.” Arts + Culture Texas. October 10. http://artsandculturetx.com/light-of-the-midnight-sun/

2015 Smart, Jennifer. “The A+C Top Ten: October.” Arts + Culture Texas. September 29. http://artsandculturetx.com/the-ac-top-ten-october-2/

2015 Bates, Rebecca. “8 Fall Shows Every Collector Should See.” Paddle8. August 28.

2014 “Stewardship Stories: Erika Blumenfeld.” The Cultural Landscape Foundation. March 18. http://tclf.org/stewards/erika-blumenfeld

2013 “Erika Blumenfeld: Ecological Archivist.” John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Newsletter. December. https://www.gf.org/news/fellows-news/erika-blumenfeld-ecological-archivist/

2013 Dolan, Kim. “Water, water, everywhere…” Addle Ear Arts. August 1. https://addleear.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/water-water-everywhere/

2013 Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “From Burnt to Beautiful: Erika Blumenfeld finds art in the remnants of wildfires.” Austin-American Statesman. (July 23):  D1, D3. http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/arts–theater/erika-blumenfeld-finds-artistic-beauty-the-remnants-wildfires/paT9TRHYuY8swwSLzHV0nN/

2013 Hoinski, Michael. “GTT: Austin: Nor any drop to drink.” The New York Times Texas Edition (July 5): A15B

2012 Straughan, Elizabeth and Deborah Dixon. “Cultural response to climate change.” Nature: Climate Change Vol. 2 (July 2012): 480-481.

2012 Goodfellow, Melanie. “Artists join researchers in climate change show.” New Scientist: Culture Lab Blog (May 9).

2012 Jeffery, Celina. “Carbon 12: Art and Climate Change.” Drain (No Date). http://drainmag.com/carbon-12-art-and-climate-change/

2010 Evans, Claire L. “Peripheral Vision,” ScienceBlogs: Universe. June 22. http://scienceblogs.com/universe/2010/06/22/artists-take-on-science-a-film/

2010 Shaw, Michael. “Reading the Pictures,” Foto8-The Photography Biannual. Issue 28 (Autumn/Winter): 74-77.

2010 Hanley, Rachael. “The Light Innate.” NMH Alumni Magazine. Vol. 12, Num. 2 (Spring/Summer): 28-35.

2009 Blumenfeld, Erika. “What is White?” Trans. Goethe-Institut (to German). Goethe-Institut: Culture & Climate Change.

2009 Huffman, Louise. “Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation deploys mobile IPY research station in Antarctica.” International Polar Year 2007-2009 (February 9).

2008 Mazuera Davis, Christie. “Top Talent,” Santa Fean, (June/July): 66.

2008 Levy, Tobin. “Marfa artist awarded Guggenheim Fellowship”, Big Bend Sentinel (April 24).

2007 Saito, Yoshitomo. “Around the Globe.” Bijyutsu Techou of Japan (June): 152-153.

2007 Davis, Katherine M. “Constellation.” THE Magazine (April).

2007 Mayfield, Dan. “the Art of Science, the Science of art,” Albuquerque Journal (February 4).

2006 Addison, Laura. “The Stars in Our Midst.” El Palacio Magazine (December).

2006 MacMillan, Kyle. “Blumenfeld illuminates the elusive: light, a life story.” Denver Post (December 1). http://www.denverpost.com/ci_4743984

2005 Lhamo, Rinchen. “Erika Blumenfeld: Light Phenomena.” THE Magazine (August).

2005 MacMillan, Kyle. “Gallery is the picture of renewed health,” Denver Post (August 17).

2005 King, Sarah S. “Summer Preview: In the Museums,” Art in America (July): 59.

2004 West, Kevin. “The Marfa Mafia.” W Magazine (December).

2004 Indyke, Dottie. “Review of Exhibitions: Santa Fe Editions.” ARTnews (June).

2004 Murdock, Jerald, Ellen Kamischke and Eric Kamischke. Discovering Advanced Algebra. Emeryville, California. Key Curriculum Press. 565.

2003 Erika Blumenfeld: Light Graphs. (Artist brochure). Essay by Franklin Sirmans. New York. Creative Capital Foundation.

2003 “Gallery.” Polaroid International Photography Issue 25: Creative Techniques (P Magazine): 17.

2003 Laird, Scott. “Light Index,” AFTERIMAGE, Vol.30.5 (March/April).

2002 Fu. “Licht/Wasser im Brückenturm,” Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung (June 4).

2002 “The Universe of Erika Blumenfeld.” THE Magazine (May).

2002 Thomson Randall, Teri. “The Light Fantastic,” Pasatiempo/The New Mexican (May 3).

2002 Rodriquez, Francesca. “Radiance.” Santa Fe Reporter (May 1-7).

2002 MacMillan, Kyle. “’Semblance’ Essence of Art.” Denver Post (March 24).

2001 Taylor, Sue. “Review of Exhibitions: Erika Blumenfeld at PICA.” Art In America (October).

2001 Edmunds, Kristy. “Erika Blumenfeld.” (Gallery brochure). Portland, Oregon. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

2001 Osojnik, Mojca. “Se Enkrat V Santafejevski Turizem,” Nedelo (July 29).

2000 “Longest Day’s Light Measured.” The New Mexican (June 22).

1999 Clemmer, David. “Erika Blumenfeld.” Camera Arts Magazine (December 1999/January 2000).

1999 “Artist Pages.” Arté Contemporary Magazine (Fall)

1996 “Studio Visit: Erika Blumenfeld” THE Magazine (October).

Public Collections

Albright Knox Art Gallery

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Lannan Foundation

Lower East Side Print Shop

Maier Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The Polaroid Collection

University College London, Doha Qatar

University of Texas (McDonald Observatory Collection)

Selected Lectures & Visiting Artist

2022 Wolbach Library at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts (virtual)

2022 Creative Capital, New York, NY (virtual)

2021 4th Annual Designing for Empathy Summit (virtual)

2021 Wolbach Library at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts (virtual)

2021 Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia (virtual)

2021 Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture, Sam Fox School of Art, St. Louis, Missouri (virtual)

2020 International Observe the Moon Night, NASA TV, ARES Curation, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (virtual)

2019 Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

2018 NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

2018 Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas

2018 Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, Texas

2017 Visiting Artist, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2015 Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2013 Visiting Artist, Art Journey Course, The Center for Visual Art, University of Toledo

2012 Clay Center for Arts & Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia

2012 UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

2011 Idea Festival, Louisville, Kentucky

2010 TATE Modern, London, UK

2009 Auerbach Series Lecturer, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Connecticut

2009 SANAE Research Base, Antarctica

2007 Forum for Arts & Sciences, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006 College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon

2004 Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Teaching & Mentoring

2020-2021 Artist Advisor to sixteen Creative Capital Awardees from 2020 and 2021, Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY

2015 Mentor to Regan Rosburg, MFA in Visual Arts, College of Art & Design, Lesley University, Boston, MA (Spring, Summer & Fall Semesters)

2003-2007 Workshop Instructor and Artist Facilitator, Professional Development Program, Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY

Professional Organizations

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Full Member (Elected 2022)


2014 Masters of Science in Conservation Studies (with Distinction), University College London, Doha, Qatar

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Parsons School for Design, New York, NY, USA

1992-93 Cours de Langue et de Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne, La Sorbonne, Paris, France

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