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Eric Armusik


Kunstart: Malerei
Stil: Gegenständlich

Vita / Lebenslauf:
Born in 1973, Eric Armusik grew up in the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania. Once one of the largest coal mining operations in the county, his hometown was a landscape riddled with the depressions of post-industry. In contrast to the blight was a diverse ethnic community strong in faith. What the community lacked in public art and museums it made up for it with churches on each city block. It was there that Eric had his first experiences with art, staring at the walls and ceilings at church on Sunday. The traditions and academic realism of Catholic religious paintings and artwork made a permanent impression that continues to influence his work today.
From an early age it was evident that Eric had artistic talents and at the age of 10 he won an art competition "Why I love living in the Wyoming Valley" that included students from all of the surrounding schools and his drawing of the Swetland Homestead was exhibited in the Franklin First Federal Building in downtown Wilkes Barre. His talents continued to win him numerous competitions and in 1990 he was awarded for his Contribution to the Arts by Wilkes University where he attended their Upward Bound program. In 1991, Eric attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B. F. A. in painting, with and a minor in an art history focusing on Baroque art. In 1995 he received the Margaret Giffen Shoenfelder Memorial Scholarship for the Arts and finished his art history minor abroad for a semester in Todi, Italy. During his art classes there he drew from original paintings, architecture and sculptures by the old masters such as Michaelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello. The rare opportunity to study masterworks by Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi had a profound effect on the quality of his work and focused the inspiration he experienced as a child. After years of learning the techniques of the old masters Eric honed his skills at the Philadelphia studio of renowned international realism artist and portrait painter Nelson Shanks, Studio Incamminati.
Eric's work has been featured in such galleries and museums as the Salmagundi Art Club, New York; Allentown Art Museum; Philip and Muriel Berman Art Museum, Ursinus College; Monsoon Galleries; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts; State Museum of Pennsylvania; and Reading Public Museum. In 2003, Eric was selected to represent the United States in Florence, Italy at the Biennale Internazionale Dell Arte Contemporanea where he exhibited several of his paintings. His paintings are in the permanent collections of The Trenton City Museum, Lehigh Valley Hospital and several private collections. His artwork has been prominently featured in publications like American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Victorian Homes, Old House Journal, ArtMATTERS, Morning Call, Reading Eagle and William and Mary Review.

Solo Exhibitions

2007 They Had to Look, Mulberry Art Gallery, Lancaster, PA
2006 Right in Front of Them, Suite 3 Gallery, Harrisburg, PA
2005 Captured, Monsoon Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
Recent Paintings, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2004 After the Party, Apollo Grill, Bethlehem, PA
Recent Paintings, Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville, PA
1999 Recent Artwork, Artworks, Ephrata, PA.
1996 Recent Artwork, Mantis Green, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Realism X, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE
31st Annual Juried Show, Goggleworks, Reading, PA
Saturday Night Explosion, Progressive Galleries, Harrisburg, PA
33rd Annual Adam Styka Art Exhibit, Polish Heritage Society, Philadelphia, PA
Cocktails and Collecting, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Ellarslie Open XXV, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

Painted Violins, organized by the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, four regional venues
Winter Group Show, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
Winter Juried Exhibition, Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing, PA
29th Annual Juried Show, Goggleworks, Reading, PA
Jurors: Scott Noel and Leslie Kaufman
American Artist Professional League 78th Grand National, Salmagundi Art Club,
New York, NY

29th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA. Juror: Audrey Flack--artist
Immaculata University Art Show, Immaculata University, Philadelphia, PA
34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery,
Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
Juror: Dan Talley Director, Sharadin Gallery, Kutztown University
All Media Juried Show, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
American Artist Professional League 77th Grand National, Salmagundi Art Club,
New York, NY
Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juror: Dr. Kathryn Calley Galitz, Metropolitan Museum of Art
28th Annual Juried Show, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Juror: Elyse Gonzales, Institute of Contemporary Art/University of Pennsylvania
Self Portraits, Northwest Cultural Gallery, Rolling Meadows, IL
Juror: William Thomas Chambers-artist
American Artist Professional League 76th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club,
New York, NY
Artist Equity Exhibition, Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA Juror: Nancy Miller Batty Curator, Widner University Art Gallery
Figure and Context Juried Exhibition, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity 55th Anniversary Juried ExhibitionTo Be An Artist,
Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Juror: Brian H. Peterson, Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum
62nd Annual Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Patterson Sims, Director, Montclair Art Museum
Group Show, MCS Gallery, Easton, PA
Berks Art Alliance 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Biennale Internazionale dellArte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
Healing Art, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY

28th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Juror: Hugh M. Davies, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
International Art Competition, National Academy of Fine Arts, Pocos de Caldas, Brazil
Berks Art Alliance 25th Annual Juried Exhibition, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Mid-Atlantic Juried Show, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
Juror: Thomas Hinson, Cleveland Museum of Art

Awards and Honors

2008 Andrew and Maria Styka Award, 33rd Annual Adam Styka Art Exhibit,
Polish Heritage Society, Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Mention Best Lighting in a Painting, 2008 Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
2007 Ben Whitmire Purchase Award, The Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ
2005 2nd place, 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
2004 Semi-finalist - Art Renewal Center Second International ARC Salon Competition,
New York, NY
Allied Artists of America Award, American Artist Professional League 76th Juried Exhibition, New York, NY
2003 Artist Showcase award, Healing Art, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY


1991-1995 B.F.A, Pennsylvania State University
Studied under Julie Heffernan and Robert Yarber
Art history minor, focusing on baroque art
1995 Semester abroad, Penn State University in Todi, Italy
2008 Studio Incamminati Academy of the Artist Nelson Shanks


Schira, Ron, "NAP Connections," BCTV, Reading, PA, August 26, 2008
Kalan, Susan, "Eric Armusik: Young Talent Inspired by the Old Masters", Meet the Artist,
Newspaper. Newspaper. August 22, 2008, p. D4
Linkhorn, Tyrel, "Artist Trying to Uncover Secrets of Painting in Hamburg Church",
Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, August 20, 2008, p. 1B
Smith, Joel D., "Church Mural on the Move in Hamburg," Channel 69 Philadelphia News,
August 18, 2008

Seckler, Judy, "Going With the Grain," Victorian Homes Restoration Guide, August 2007, p. 26-32
Peters, Allison, Full Page, American Art Collector, September 2007, p. 227
Dube, Ilene, Salon des Acceptances, Princeton Packet, May 11, 2007, Time Off Section p. 18, 19
Posten, Bruce, The Art of Home Improvement, Reading Eagle, April 27, 2007, Section C p.1,3
Aposporos, Demetra, Precipitating Preservation,
Old House Journal Magazine, June 2007, p. 66-69
Morse, Diane, Artists Trick Out Junked Violins to Mark LVCO's 25th Anniversary, Morning Call,
January 8, 2006, p. E.1
Roman, Dan, Designing Hamburg, Hamburg Item, May 10, 2006, Front Page
Herne, Maria, Perfect Pairing, Pottsville Republican & Herald, October 5, 2006

Kramer, Kristen, Captured Exhibition, Berks County Living, November 2005, p.16
Doherty, Stephen M., Glazing Oil Colors on an Absorbent Surface,
American Artist Magazine, December 2005, p. 42-47
Kalan, Susan, Figurative Realism by Eric Armusik, Express-Times, November 4, 2005, p. E6
Zera, Dawn, Artist of the Week - Eric Armusik, Times Leader, November 11, 2005, the Guide, p.8

Gehman, Geoff, Baroque Realist Draws Meaning from Lifes Uncertainties, Morning Call
July 8, 2004, Go Art Section, p.4
Auman, Melissa, Happenings Section, Two Women painting, ArtMATTERS, June 2004, p.7
Botner, Katie, Armusik Reinvents Realism, Tri County Weekly, June 11, 2004, p.11
Schira, Ron, Emerging Artists: Realists on the Verge, Reading Eagle, May 30, 2004, Section E p.2
Huang, Ann, After the Party II, William and Mary Review, Volume 42, 2004
Veronikis, Eric, Armusik Does Art His Way, Patriot, May 12, 2004, p.14

Spike, John T., Eric Armusik, Biennale Internazionale DellArte Contemporanea,
Quarta Edizione, Grafica La Nave, 2003, p.45
Kershner, Elsa, Hamburg Artist Nominated to Display Work Internationally, Times News,
October 2, 2003, p.22
Herne, Maria, Passion for Painting, Republican & Evening Herald, August 29, 2003, p. 21
Vourvoulias, Sabrina, Art, Light, Redemption, Tri County Record, June 27, 2003, p. 1,13,16
Schneider, Kristina, A Prestigious Nomination, Berks County Living, August 29, 2003, p.13
Gehman, Geoff, An Italian Honor, Morning Call, June 12, 2003, Go Art Section, p. 5

Grunberg, Ron, BIGNews, July 2002, cover reproduction of Witness,
five paintings in centerfold

Lampman, M. J., Parousia...and man made God, DaHood Publishing, 1999, Only the Good on
book cover

Walsh, Jeff, Artistic Pursuits, Times Leader, May 19, 1996, p. 1-2B


The Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ.
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA.
Plymouth Rocks Recording Studio, Plymouth, PA.
Rod Holt Proprietor, The Apollo Grille, Bethlehem, PA.
M. Jerista Lampman, author
Numerous other private collections.

Aktivitäten / Ausstellungen:

The Madness of Nero
120 x 90 cm
Preis: 5.000 Euro
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Odysseus and the Sirens

180 x 110 cm
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