Erin Szavuly

Erin Palmer Szavuly, M.F.A.

Chairperson of the Department of Art; Associate Professor of Art

Education: M.F.A., B.F.A., Bowling Green State University

Erin Palmer Szavuly, M.F.A., is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Art Department at Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH, where she has been on faculty since 1990. She studied at Bowling Green State University, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting and drawing) and Master of Fine Arts (drawing) degrees.

Erin has taught art foundations, painting/drawing, art history, and capstone courses at Lourdes during her tenure. In addition, she coordinates the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series, involving presentations on topics in the arts. Some past presentations have included “Artist Ken Thompson,” “The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” with composer Dr. Samuel Adler and art historian Ruthy Behare Light, “Censorship in the Arts,” Dr. Brian Kennedy, “Cover Stories,” Thomas Allen, “Digital Photography in the Commercial Market,” Eric Eggly, “Painter and Muralist: Hubert Massey,” “Portrait of an Artist,” Leslie Adams and “Celebration of Food, Ceramic Objects and Thoughtful Dialog”, Jeni Hansen Gard.

Erin served as a studio assistant with the “Community” exhibition by Rebecca Louise Law and a painting assistant on the Sol Lewitt acquisition “Wall Drawing #760”, both for the Toledo Museum of Art.
She has over 20 years of gallery experience working with the former Spectrum Gallery at Toledo Botanical Gardens and Lourdes Gallery Loft and as coordinator for exhibitions at the Lourdes University Canticle Center Gallery. In addition, over the past 15 years, Erin has juried numerous exhibitions covering a variety of media and topics, both regionally and nationally.

She currently sits on the community boards of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders (TACL), an arts advocacy committee, and The Toledo Federation of Art Societies (past President). She is a past president of the Medici Circle Advisory Council at Bowling Green State University. In addition, she is a member of the Athena Art Society.

Erin is also a practicing and exhibiting artist.