Erica Elan Ciganek
Erica Elan is a visual artist and advocate for artists currently living and working in LA. She graduated with honors in 2013 from North Park University with a BA in both Art and Conflict Transformation. Her personal work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the US, as well as blogs and publications including Juxtapoz, Hifructose, and Poets/Artists. Notable collections include the Howard Tullman Collection, Temple University Multicultural Center Collection, as well as the Bennett Collection of women realists. Elan paints mainly portraits of the intersection of women with a focus on what it means to see someone in a culture of rampant dehumanization. Beyond her studio work she has cultivated a career from launching, supporting, and advocating for other makers with a deep focus on equity. She co-founded the curating collective SEEN that consults with galleries and institutions for more equitable representation of artists and greater health and safety for femme’s of color in the art world. Her passion for collaboration has allowed her to connect with artists all over the world and experience the power in community and advocating for one another.