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photographer , art educator

Erik Middleton Lauritzen, American art educator, photographer. Polaroid Corporation fellow, 1984, Ilford Photographic Corporation fellow, 1987, 88, 89, Sierra Arts Foundation fellow, 1990, 92, 96, 01, 04, Nevada State Council on the Arts fellow, 1989, 91; recipient Award of Distinction, American Museum Association, 1990, Artist as Educator award Nevada Governor, 1998, Photographer of Year award Shooting the West Conference, 1999.


Lauritzen, Erik Middleton was born on September 17, 1953 in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. Son of Frederick Lester and Martha (Middleton) Lauritzen.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977;Master of Arts, California State University, Northridge, 1980.


Assistant professor California State University, Northridge, 1981-1987. Artist-in-residence Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, 1988-1989. Curator of photography Nevada History Society, 1989-1991.

Professor art Truckee Meadows Community College, from 1990. Instructor in photography University of California at Los Angeles, Westwood, 1981-1986. Artist-in-residence California Arts Council, Los Angeles, 1986-1989, Nevada State Council on the Arts, Reno, 1986-1993.

Photo consultant First Interstate Bank Corporation, Torrance, California, 1985-1987. Consultant workshops Nevada Museum Association, Las Vegas, since 1989, Friends of Photography, Carmel, California, Maine Photographic, Rockport. Co-director Developing Information and Communications Technology Expertise for Micro SMEs Gallery, Reno.

Director Red Mountain Gallery, Reno, The Lauritzen Archives, University California-Santa Cruz Special Collections.


  • Other Work

    • One man shows include Nexus Gallery, 1980, Zenith, 1982, Mendelson Gallery, 1984, Robertson Gallery, 1984, Project Gallery, 1984, Greyston Gallery, 1985, Marcus/Gordon, 1988, Stremmel Gallery, 1990, Fallon (Nevada) Community Art Gallery, 1991, Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, Texas, 1992, Nevada Museum Art, Reno, 1993. Exhibited in group shows at Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, 1978, Conejo (California) Valley Art Museum, 1982, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 1984, Carnegie Museum of Art, 1985, 1987, 1996, Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, 1988, Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, 1988, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah, 1989, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1990, Nevada Museum of Art, 1993, Museum Monteray California. Represented in public and private collections including The Carnegie Mus.

      Of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Israel Museum, Kresge Museum Art, Lansing, Michigan, Johnson Museum, Ithaca, New York, Nevada Museum Art, Reno, Governor Robert Miller, State of Nevada, Skirbak Museum Art, Los Angeles, Nevada History Soc, Snell & Whilmer, Phoenix Arizona, Bibliotheque National Paris, Israel Museum, Jerusalem.


Member Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Society for Photographic Education, Nevada Museum Association, American Association Museum, Friends of Photography.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: cross country skiing, hiking, piano, trombone.


Frederick Lester Lauritzen

Martha (Middleton) Lauritzen