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Erin Cunningham (b. 1979 Honolulu, HI) is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and an MFA in studio art with a focus in Metals from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She has shown both nationally and internationally, including The Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Monchskirche Salzwedel, in Salzwedel, Germany, The Contemporary Austin, Lawndale Art Center, and Tiger Strikes Astroid in Los Angeles. Artist residencies include BAER Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland, Atelierhaus Residency Hilmsen in Hilmsen, Germany, Oxbow School of the Arts, and Sloss Metal Arts in Birmingham, AL. Cunningham is a founding member of the ICOSA Collective, an artist-run exhibition space in Austin, TX. She currently holds a position as an Asistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Her most recent book, Human Figuration and Fragmentation in Preclassic Mesoamerica: From Figurines to Sculpture (Cambridge University Press, 2021), examines the relationships between human figuration, fragmentation, bodily divisibility, personhood, and community in ancient Mesoamerica. Her previous books include Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Ritual and Power in Stone: The Performance of Rulership in Mesoamerican Izapan Style Art (University of Texas Press, 2006), and her co-edited volumes include The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica’s Preclassic Transition (Dumbarton Oaks, 2010), Sacred Bundles: Ritual Acts of Wrapping and Binding in Mesoamerica (Boundary End, 2006) with a third, Early Mesoamerican Cities: Urbanism and Urbanization in the Formative Period (Cambridge University Press) due out at the end of 2021.
Guernsey also continues to participate with ongoing analysis of materials from archaeological excavations at the site of La Blanca, Guatemala.