Erik Blome is an accomplished sculptor with works that dot the nation. Erik attended the University of Michigan where he earned a B.F.A. in Fine Art. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Boston University. Subsequently, he received a Rotary Scholarship and did postgraduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England, where he received a postgraduate diploma in sculpture and drawing.
Erik has taught sculpture, bronze casting, public art and drawing at several colleges and art schools, including at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the Royal College of Art in London. He was a visiting artist at the American University in Cairo in 2009, and an artist-in-residence at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in January 2011 where he built a fine art bronze foundry.
In the summer of 2011, he was artist-in-residence at the City of Oak Lawn, Illinois where he had a temporary studio set-up to create a 9/11 first responders monument using large steel beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Erik was a U.S. Fulbright Teaching Award Recipient for 2011-12 with affiliation at the sculpture department of Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, and most recently a Fulbright Specialist teaching bronze casting at NIAAD in Entebbe Uganda. He completed a life-size bronze sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. for the island of Bimini in the Bahamas unveiled by Prime Minister Christie in 2013. 2013-2018 he created 14 over life-size bronzes of famous hockey players for Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada, and a bronze figurative portrait of Eli Lilly, for Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis. He has done numerous stadium figures including Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya at Staples Center.
Currently, he is working on a 130% life-size bronze of hat-manufacturer John Stetson, the namesake for Stetson University’s campus in DeLand, Florida.