Erika b Hess




Erika b Hess is a painter, curator and host of the podcast I Like Your Work. Hess’s work includes paintings and drawings about gender, motherhood and the environment. She is represented by Contemporary Art Matters in Columbus, OH. Recent exhibitions include “Summer in the City” curated by Contemporary Art Matters and an upcoming solo exhibition at Marietta College. Hess’s work has been exhibited nationally including NYC, Brooklyn, Detroit, L.A., Boston and Philadelphia.


Her work has been featured in various publications and she has served on panels such as Cleveland Institute of Art’s, “Feminism Now: Exposing the Truth”, Boston University, “Building Collaborative Art Spaces”, and is frequently lectures at colleges such as Wellesley University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Missouri State University, Eastern Michigan University, and many others.


In addition to her artwork, Hess is an active juror and curator for various publications and institutions. Hess was a co-founder of Musa Collective, an artist collective in Boston and is the creator and host of I Like Your Work podcast, a podcast dedicated to interviewing artists, curators and collectors. She currently writes an art column for Art SHE Makes Magazine.  

Hess received her MFA from Boston University.

Erika b Hess
b 1982
2009        Boston University, Master of Fine Art, Boston, MA
2006        Wright State University, Bachelor of Fine Art, Dayton, OH
Represented by Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH

Solo Exhibitions:
2022          (forthcoming) Solo Exhibition Marietta College

2018          Love Letters From The Edge of the World, Wanderlife Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017          Viewing Light, Main Hall, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA

2017          The Line Between the Past and the Present, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA

2014          AUTO RESPOND: Out of the Office, Micro Art Space, Cleveland, OH

2009          Free, Boston University Gallery, Boston, MA

Group Exhibitions:
2021          Summer Portrait Show, Curated by Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH
2021          Summer in the City, Curated by Contemporary Art Matters, Artsy/NYC

2021          Born Free Live Wild, Brandi Hoffer Gallery, Canada

2021          Phases, Dear Artists, Online Gallery

2020         Summer Group Exhibition, Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH
2020         Conjuror, Dayton Society of Artists, Dayton, OH.  (Three Person Exhibition)
2019         Extra Equinox, Co-Worker Gallery, Toldeo, OH. Curated by Jordan Buscher.
2019         Indoor Voices, The Yard, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Kirstin Lamb. 
2019         humanfigure, Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, Newton, MA. Curated by Carolyn Wirth.
2019         Vision and Verse, Wilson Gallery, Anderson University, IN
2018         Let's Dance, Basement Projects, CA
2018         M+2, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA
2018         Defrost the Cake, Piano Craft Gallery, MA
2018         Drawing from Perception VII, Wright State University, OH. Juried by Catherine Kehoe
2017         Resist, Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, MA. Curated by Carolyn Wirth
2017         Juried 2017 Alumni Exhibition, Wright State University, Dayton, OH. Juried by David Leach, Penny Park , and John Dickinson
2017         Origin Story, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA 
2016        The Space After, The Sherman Gallery, Boston University, MA (three-person exhibition)
2016         Framework, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
2015         COLORED MUD: A Painting Exhibition, Fenway Studios, Boston, MA. Curated by Kayla Mohammadi
2015         Feelers, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Curated by Susan Metrican
2015         Gravity, I Fell Gallery, Bloomington, IN. Curated by Abbigail Israelsen
2015         Drawing Project 2015, Hallspace, Boston, MA
2014        Convergence, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA. Curated by Andrea Champlin
2014        After Hours, President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2014        Eco Myths, Last Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Rachid Bouhamidi
2014        TEMP, Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI. Curated by Chris Sandon
2013        Can I Get a Witness, Tejas Gallery, Dayton, OH  (two-person exhibition)
2013        RANSOM, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
2013        The Bitters: Fuck It, Whitdel Gallery, Detroit MI. Curated by Stephen Schudlich
2013        Road Trip, Work Gallery: University of Michigan, Detroit, MI. Curated by Stephen Schudlich
2012        While the Cat Was Away, Work Gallery: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2012        Distillations, Tejas Gallery, Dayton OH. Curated by Rebecca Sargent
2011        Material Witness, Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes University, Vincennes IN. Curated by Joseph Holsapple
2011        Territories,  Untitled Gallery, Marwen, Chicago  IL. Curated by Julia V. Hendrickson
2011        Tompkins Projects West: Works on Paper, Dan Graham, Los Angeles, CA
2010        Keep the Home Fires Burning, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY
2010        Off the Wall, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
2010         MayDay! MayDay!, CCCP Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009        Kiss My Heart, The Sherman Gallery, Boston, MA (two-person exhibition)
2009        Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA 
2009        Boston University MFA Thesis Show, Boston, MA
2009        Sustainability, Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston, MA
2008        Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA


2021 Curator: StudioVisit Podcast

2021 Curator: Create Magazine

2021 Curator: Arts to Hearts

2021 Visiting Artist: NYC Crit Club

2021 Juror: Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, July 2021

2021 Panel Discussion moderated by John Seed: John Natsoulas Gallery, CA, March 2021

2021 Presentation: Kenyon College, March 2021

2021 Presentation: Missouri State University, March 2021

2021 Curator: Build It- Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

2020 Presentation: Massachusetts College of Art & Design, October 2020

2020 Presentation: Marietta College, September 2020

2020 Presentation: Hasting College, March 2020

2020 Curator: Be. Long.,Dutoit Gallery, November 2019

2019 Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Michigan University, Oct 2019

2019 Juror: Studio Break Podcast MFA/BFA Edition, September 2019

2019 Juror: Dayton Society of Artists Member's Show, OH, September 2019

2019 Visiting Artist Lecture, Wellesley College, MA, April 25, 2019

2019 Published Interview with Artist Jasmine Zelaya, Friend of the Artist, Volume 9

2019 Visiting Artist Presentation-New Media Incubator at Wright State University, OH, April 19, 2019

2019 Juror, Friend of the Artist Publication Volume 9

2018 Panelist, What to do with a BFA, Wright State University, November 15, 2018

2018 Panelist, Creative Capital: Building Collaborative Art Spaces, Boston University, September 22, 2018 

2018 Curator, Nothing Good Ever Happens After Midnight, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA

2018 Curator, M+2, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA

2018 Juror, Walker Prize, Boston University, Boston, MA

2017 Visiting Artist Lecture: Work from Past to Present, Wright State University, OH

2016 Visiting Artist: Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Painting 2

2016 Curator: Origin Story, MUSA Collective, Boston, MA

2016 Guest Juror: Dayton Visual Arts Center Biennial Call for Exhibitions, Dayton, OH

2016 Exhibiting Artist Lecture, The Sherman Gallery, Boston University

2016 Guest Juror: Boston University MFA Walker Prize

2015 Visiting Artist: Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Painting 1

2015 Guest Juror: Boston University MFA Walker Prize

2014 Visiting Artist: Cleveland Institute of Art, OH

2014 Panelist: Feminism Now 2014: Exposing the Truth. Cleveland Institute of Art and The Sculpture Center, OH

2011 Visiting Artist Lecture: Return to the Rustbelt, Stivers School for the Arts, OH

2010 Visiting Artist Lecture: Paintings from 2003-present, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ

2009 Exhibiting Artist Lecture: Free, Boston University, MA



Phases, Dear Artists, Accompanying Book to the Exhibition
all SHE makes, Featured Artist, February 2020
Also Gallery, Inhabit,  curated by Mar Hester, September 2019
The Savvy Painter Podcast, Art Podcasts: Reflections and Lessons Learned, August 8, 2019
Jim Hannah, Wright State University News Room, Artfully Done, March 8, 2019
Studio Break Podcast, Artist Erika b Hess, 2019
Pleat Gallery, Studio Visit: Erika b Hess, July 10 2018
Against Darkness, Ali Znaidi, Cover Art- Pink Moon, Pen & Anvil Press, 2018
Boston Voyager Magazine, "Meet Artist Erika Hess", April 3, 2018
Art New England, January/February 2018, Exhibitions, Image-"Edge of the World" Defrost the Cake, Piano Craft Gallery
Boston Voyager Magazine, "Meet Erika Hess, Julia Von Metzsch Ramos and Crislin Meshberg Waldman of Musa Collective in Allston", November 13, 2017 
Root & Star, digital work printed in the publication, May/June 2017
Create Magazine, Artist Highlight, 2016
Hollow: Volume III, paintings printed in the publication, July 31, 2016
Moray Mair, "Erika Hess' Paintings From 'The Flower Bearers' Rooted in Fauvist Tradition", MutantSpace, April 1, 2016
John Seed and Didi Menendez, Poets and Artists, 50 Memorable Painters 2015, December 2015
Erin Huber, Artist Interview: Erika Hess, MAP: Mother Artist Project, December 15, 2015
Fresh Paint Online Interview, Magazine, Studio Visit, October 24, 2014
Featured Artist, Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue V, October 2014
"Erika B Hess AUTO RESPOND: Out of the Office a Solo Exhibition" Curatorial Collective: Contemporary Art & News Reviews, August 5, 2014
Kate West, "Out of the Office- A Solo Exhibition by Erika B Hess", Stamps School of Art & Design News, University of Michigan, August 2014
“It Figures: Local Artists Unite at 78th St Studios,” Cool Cleveland, August 2014
West, Kate, "Erika Hess: Feminism Now",  Stamps School of Art & Design News, University of Michigan, 2014
“Microfunding Making Its Way To The Mainstream”, Entrepreneur Brew, March 10, 2014
“CIA Co-Sponsors Feminism Exhibition, Talk, Symposium”, Cleveland Institute of Art News, March 12, 2014
Ritz, Stacey, "Dayton's Open House: Urban Nights Highlights Urban Living, Art, Food and Fun", Dayton City Paper, 2013
Kate West,"MOCAD: Post-Industrial Complex", Stamps School of Art & Design News, 2013
Rappaport, Nina, "Post-Industrial Complex" MOCAD, 2013
Weider-Roos, Kath, "Life on the Road: Self-Portraiture", PLAY Gallery, 2012
Pelly, Liz, “How Microfunding is Feeding the Creative Economy",  Boston Phoenix, 2012
Nardi, Davide, “Contemporary Art Returns to BU” Boston U Today 2008


2014 Residency, Micro Art Space, Cleveland, OH

2011 Feast Mass Grant Recipient, Boston, MA

2009 Constatin Alajalov Scholarship Recipient

2008 Constatin Alajalov Scholarship Recipient

2005 Leonard P. Roberts Memorial Art Scholarship Recipient

2004 Residency, Chautauqua Institute, NY

2004 Chautauqua Scholarship to Study in New York

2001-05 Arts Gala Scholarship Recipient




2017        Adjunct Instructor, Boston University, Drawing 1

2016        Adjunct Instructor, Boston University Summer Term, Drawing 1

2012-14  Instructor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, Drawing from Observation