PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGNasylum@uab.edu Office // AEIVA 209 205.934.8567
Erin Wright received his MFA from the University of Arizona and a BFA from Colorado State University.
Wright has over twenty years of experience as a designer and teacher winning several local, regional, and national awards for design including two Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grants. He has won several Gold and Silver ADDY Awards. Recently, Erin was awarded four Gold and two Silver awards as well as Designer of the Year and also Illustrator of the Year at the Birmingham ADDY Awards. He also recently won a Gold and three Silvers at the 7th District Regional ADDY Awards. Wright's work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York first as a student and then as an educator. Under the nom de guerre Asylum his work has appeared in nationally and internationally competitive design annuals and compendiums such as PRINT Regional Annual, Creativity 35, New Logo World (published in Tokyo), and American Corporate Identity (2004, 2005 and 2006). One of his logos was selected to be published in Kodansha Famous Schools Creative Art Course textbook published in Japan as an "example of excellent logo concept and execution."
Wright has exhibited his posters in competitions and exhibitions around the world including: Warsaw, Poland; Brno, the Czech Republic; Kyunggido, South Korea; the 10th and 11th International Biennials of the Poster in Mexico; the Mark X International Poster Invitational in the Republic of China; the Golden Bee 7 in Moscow, Russia; and the 56th Annual Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington Show in Washington, D.C.. He was asked by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad to submit 5 posters to the "Sailing in Qingdao Poster Annual" as part of the celebrations leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. He participated in the 15th, 16th and 17th editions of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE)- one of the premier poster exhibitions in the United States. He has also been awarded Honorable Mention at both the 2nd and 3rd International Socio-Political Poster Biennales in Auschwitz, Poland.
His posters are in several collections including the Robert Irwin archive at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; "Fourth Block" International Triennial of Eco Posters in Kharkov, Ukraine; and The International Poster Collection at Colorado State University.