Portraiture in Spray Paint

James Dean Erickson (Col ’08) was a 2008-2009 Aunspaugh Fellow at the studio arts department. He paints large format portraits of people he meets on or near Grounds. Over the past two years, he has also offered his own home as temporary shelter to friends he makes among the homeless community. “I view my painting as an act of gratitude to the people who have an influence on me,” says Erickson. This summer, he will travel in Italy before pursing graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.