Erica Larsen-Dockray is an adjunct faculty at her alma mater, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program. One of Erica’s classes, The Animated Woman, was covered by the Associated Press and Agencia EFE, and featured in over 1,000 news outlets including the New York Times. She is a teaching artist at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles where she instructs Saturday High School Animation. Erica also co-founded Calibraska Arts Initiative, a summer program bringing artists from California to her hometown in Nebraska to teach multi-generational workshops in their métier, while enveloped in the Nebraska landscape. She also is co-founder of SCV Adventure Play with her husband Jeremiah, creating play spaces for children and adults, which facilitate and support self-directed and unstructured play.
Her art practice includes hybrid installations consisting of varying elements such as painting, moving image, dance, theater, interactivity, and experimental projection. Her work has been shown domestically and internationally in cultural institutions such as the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Future Studio Gallery, and at the Art Festival Kesenian Indonesia. Her latest projects include collaborations with the artist Nancy Buchanan decorating cakes to raise mental health awareness, and Cybele Moon, a Costume Design Professor at Wesleyan University creating performance pieces where costume and projected animation become one.
Erica will be participating in our Women in Animation panel as well as the When I Grow Up speaker series in Children’s Programming.