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Eric Lawing

Eric LawingE-mail: lawinge@uncw.edu















M.F.A. University of North Carolina Greensboro

B.A. University of North Carolina Wilmington


Plein-Air painting
Painting materials

Eric Lawing was born in Thomasville, N.C., to Harold and Edith, and was the younger of his brother John.

Lawing began a lifelong obsession with drawing at an early age, and later added to it the disciplines of painting, although stating occasionally that he was “trying to quit.” In the late sixties he began surfing, a pursuit that turned into a lifelong meditative resource and catalyst to serious efforts in drawing and painting. In 2003 Eric became a pilot and realized another orientation to experience space and light, and continued a family preoccupation with flight.

In 1978 Eric married Minda Mclean who was a fellow art major at UNCW.

Lawing received a B.A. in Art from UNCW in 1979, and a M.F.A. from UNCG with a minor in art history in 1985. After graduating he became curator of collections at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG and worked there until 1990. He began teaching at UNCW in 1996 and continues to enjoy the process in 2009.

Lawing has exhibited regularly since graduate school and was awarded a North Carolina Arts Fellowship in 1998, and exhibited in numerous art museum group shows including Weatherspoon’s, Art on Paper, and the North Carolina Art Museum’s, North Carolina Artists Exhibiton, and solo exhibitions at St. John’s in Wilmington and the Greeneville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC. Most recently he was included in a grand opening and year-long exhibition of large works by North Carolina artists, The Big Picture, at the new Raleigh Convention Center.

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