About

Biography
Born and raised in San Diego California, Eric Nation has been creating studio furniture and design/build projects since 1988. Eric earned a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Design from San Diego State University, and in 1989 returned to SDSU to complete a Master of Art in Furniture from San Diego State University under the direction of Wendy Maruyama.

Eric has taught furniture design at Mesa College in San Diego and at California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He has exhibited at galleries nationwide, and in 1993 received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for his work in fine furniture. In 2000 Nation built a home and studio in Omaha, Nebraska before returning to San Diego in 2005. In 2006 Eric and his wife Tina, moved to a small farm in New Zealand where he maintained a furniture studio and architecture practice. After living in New Zealand for three years he and his wife spent five months backpacking around the world, visiting twenty-two countries. Eric currently lives in Seattle where he divides his time between running a furniture studio and studying the work of Howard Little, an early California painter.

Professional experience
2012 Participant, Emma International Artist Collaboration, Sasatchewan, Canada
2009 Guest Curator, Global Whangarei, New Zealand
2007 Participant, Collaboration New Zealand
2005 Presenter, Furniture Society Conference
2005 Artist in Residence, San Diego State University
2001 Visiting Artist, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts
2000 Visiting Artist, Denver State University
1996 Interim Furniture Design Program Chair, California College of Art
1995-96 Studio Manager, California College of Art
1995-96 Lecturer, California College of Art
1991-94 Adjunct Professor, Art, San Diego Mesa College

Education
Masters of Art, Furniture Design, San Diego State University
Bachelor of Art, Environmental Design, San Diego State University
Undergraduate Architecture program, New School of Architecture, San Diego

Awards – Projects
1993 WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship in Crafts
1993 Gold Award, Art of California Discovery Awards.
2002 Assistant, Andy Goldsworthy Installation, The Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Selected design/build projects
2012 Seward Cottage Renovation, Lopez Island – design/construction
2007 Evans Residence, Whangarei New Zealand – design
2006 Conley Residence, San Diego – design/construction
2005 The Falcon Residence, San Diego – construction
2005 Ulman Residence, San Diego – design/construction
2004 Lee Residence, San Diego – construction
2002 Atomic Dog Café, Omaha – design/construction
2000 417 Center Residence, Omaha – design/construction
1998 Tommy O’s Salon/Spa, Omaha – design/construction
1989 Peretta Residence, San Diego – design

Selected exhibitions
2015 Eric Nation, On the Wall/Off the Wall, Richard M. Ross Museum, Delaware, OH
2013 Eric Nation, Studio Furniture/Sculpture, Threshold Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 Retrospect, Pop-up Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Decoy, Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
2009 Global Whangarei, Whangarei, New Zealand
2008 Group Exhibition, Monmo Gallery, Orewa, New Zealand
2007 Bemis Charity Auction. Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2005 Continuum, recent work by Eric Nation, Borrellispace, San Diego, CA
2005 Student and Alumni exhibition, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2002 Nebraska Aids Project Benefit Auction, Jackson Artworks, Omaha, NE
2000 Chairity, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
1997 Group Show, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1996 Contemporary Furniture, Works Gallery, Sonoma,
1995 Sound Furniture, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
1995 Chair as Art, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
1995 Please be Seated, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL
1994 Pull-up a Chair II, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1994 Art Furniture Invitational, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1993 The Graduates, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1993 Objects for Use, Anuska Gallery, San Diego, CA
1993 Chair as Art, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
1993 Next Wave, New Studio Furniture makers, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
1993 New Furniture Eric Nation & Tina Chin, Prototype Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1993 Magnetism, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
1992 Building/Interior/Contents, Prototype Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1992 Wood, Steel, Glass, and Clay! Faith Nightengale Gallery, San Diego, CA
1992 Woodworking ’92, Brea Civic Gallery, Brea, CA
1992 Dovetails and Nails, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1992 Furniture of the 90’s, MPLA Gallery, Solana Beach, CA

Publications
2007 “Collaboration NZ 2007”, documentry film
2002 “Nation Made” Medium, Premiere Issue
1996 “Lofty Living” San Francisco Focus, October
1993 “A Fine Line” San Diego Union/Tribune
1993 “A Balance Between Design & Craftsmanship” Art of California
1993 “Furniture: The New Simplicity” San Diego Home and Garden
1993 “Beyond Function” San Diego Home and Garden
1992 “Grand Allusions” San Diego Union/Tribune
1989 “Lamp Exhibition has a Light Whimsical Touch” The Orange County
Register
1988 “Designers Forging Ahead with Metal” San Diego Union/Tribune