on the Lake Huron Shore
Guatemalan-born Erika NJ Allen will be the 2023 Huron Artist Residency's guest as resident artist for two weeks in late May and early June. She is a 2023 MFA graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and holds a BFA from the Cincinnati Art Academy.
Erika was approaching 50 years of age after raising three children, working as a translator, divorcing and re-marrying before she started art school as a photographer. During her time in Cincinnati she went from totally unknown to a vital part of that city's art scene. One day during that journey, she discovered the joy of clay, which took over her life. Now she works mostly in ceramics, often combining real and clay organic forms in her pieces.
Erika will lecture at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library near the end of her residency.
Helen Hierta works in ceramics at her Alcona County studio on Lake Huron. Her Huron Artist Residency is a nonprofit with backing from Inspiration Alcona.