Eric Beltz

Born 1975, Orange, CA


​MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 
​Thesis: The Ethnobotany of Waste Spaces

BFA, California State University, Fullerton, CA 
Drawing & Painting 
Magna Cum Laude

1996 ​
Study Abroad, Florence, Italy 
Coastline Community College, Costa Mesa, CA

​Design Program Scholarship 
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Solo Exhibitions

Chromatose, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

DREVERIEM, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
When Jesus Swims He Becomes The Ocean, David B.Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

The Cave of Treasures, ​Art, Design, & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

Revival Wall, Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX 
​Spirits, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

Trance Farm, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

​Solo Booth Installation, Pulse, New York, NY 
The Philosopher’s Garden, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

​The Good Land, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

HISTROY!, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

​Hypnobotany: Visions of a Field Naturalist, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Group Exhibitions

Identity Insight, ​Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle, WA

Iconic, Evoke Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Phantom Color, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Sleep of Reason (curated by Catlin Moore), Cypress College, Cypress, CA

Good Intentions: Re-imagining Rockwell’s Boyscouts, ​Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA 
Nudes, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Against The Grain: Wood and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design [touring], ​Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Against The Grain: Wood and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design [touring], Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY 
(Southern) California Drawing, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavillion, Costa Mesa, CA

​Sublime: Nature, Science, and the Divine, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA 
Against The Grain: Wood and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC 
Unlived Histories, ​Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC 
September Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Re/Deconstructing History, ​Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
View From Here: Santa Barbara Artists in the Permanent Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 
​Recrafting History (curated by Ellen Caldwell), Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA 
​Domestic Goods (curated by Ryan Wallace), Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
The Nature of Drawing, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY 
​Rendered, A Stark Unreal, ​Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Stranger Than Fiction (curated by Julie Joyce), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 
​Opening Ceremony, ​Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

​Superfine, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY 
​Sister Cities, ​Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany 
All American, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT 
​The Old, Weird America (curated by Toby Kamps) [touring], Frye Museum, Seattle, WA 
​The Old, Weird America (curated by Toby Kamps) [touring], ​Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

Looky See (curated by Meg Linton), Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
The Old, Weird America (curated by Toby Kamps), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX 
Tree Service (curated by Jeanne Patterson & Michael Gold),​ Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA 
Failing Nature (curated by Habib Kheradyar), Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA 
​Harry Smith Anthology Remixed [touring], ​Sensoria Festival, Sheffield, UK 
Harry Smith Anthology Remixed [touring], ​The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK

​Highlight’s of LA and NY’s Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, Miami, FL 
Promised Land (curated by Elizabeth M. Grady), Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York City, NY 
The Porch Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
High 5: Emerging Art in America, CW Network, Los Angeles, CA 
Distinctive Messengers (curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala), House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA 
Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, ​Alt.Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Flaunt, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
​Draw, Paper, Scissors (curated by Meg Linton), ​Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

Visiting Artist: Studio Visits/Lectures/Residencies:

Conversation with Dr. Ann Bermingham, The Cave of Treasures, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, CA 
​Artist Lecture, Classics 40: Greek Mythology, Dr. Helen Morales, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, CA

​Artist-In-Residence, The Cave of Treaures, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, CA 
Graduate and Undergraduate Studio Visits, California State University, San Bernadino, CA

​Artist-In-Residence, Colorado State University, Boulder, CO

Visiting Artist Lecture, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

Artist-In-Residence, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA


Beth Rudin Dewoody, New York, NY (promised gift to Whitney Museum of American Art, NY) 
Artist Pension Trust, Los Angeles, CA 
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS 
Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 
Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA



David Pagel, A million points of dark: The thrilling pencil drawings of Eric Beltz, Los Angeles Times, June 27

​Fortmann, Sven, History Is Referential, Lodown Magazine, Dec-March, pp. 50-53 
​Hua, Vivian, Frozen In Transcendence, Redefine Magazine, Sept. 23 
​Koplin del Rio, IDENTITY Insight: Unfolding the Visual Narrative- Eric Beltz, Prographica Blog, November

​Williams, Maxwell, Eric Beltz Melds Myth And Mysticism In Other-Worldly Graphite Drawings,, April 30 
​Zeiser, John, The Visionary Drawings of Eric Beltz,, June 11 
​Zellon, Jody, Continued and Reccomended, May 2015,, May.

New American Paintings, number 115, Pacific Coast Issue 
Donelan, Charles, The Cave of Treasures at UCSB’s AD&A Museum, Santa Barbara Independent, October 1 
Ollman, Leah, ’Phantom Color’ at CB1 Transcends in Black and White, Los Angeles Times, July 4 
Ollman, Leah, Critic’s Pick: July 18-24. Group Show: Phantom Color, Los Angeles Times, July 17 
Ollman, Leah, Critic’s Pick: July 11-17. Group Show: Phantom Color, Los Angeles Times, July 10 
Ollman, Leah, Critic’s Pick: July 4-10. Group Show: Phantom Color, Los Angeles Times, July 3 
Pogany, Andrew, Phantom Color, Flaunt Magazine, no. 100

​Stouffer, Hannah, Eric Beltz, Feature Interview, Juxtapoz Magazine, no. 154, Nov., pp. 96-103 
Case, Stephanie, Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts, KCET Artbound, July 18 
Wagley, Catherine, Norman Rockwell’s Boyscouts, Updated, LA Weekly, July 4 
Johanssen, Pacal, Illustrative Special: Eric Beltz, Objects: The Journal of Applied Arts, no. 6, pp. 86-91

Ollman, Leah. Eric Beltz at Morgan Lehman, Art In America, Oct., p. 188 
​Woodard, Josef, Down The Block, Santa Barbara News-Press, Oct. 14-20, ​Scene Section, p. 46 
​McClemont, Doug, Doug McClemont’s Top 10 New York Shows: May, 2011, Saatchi Online Magazine, May 3 
​Duncan, Michael, Soul Searching In The U.S.A., Art In America, March, pp. 134-138

​Woodard, Josef, The Importance of Backstory, Santa Barbara News-Press, Oct. 1-7, Scene Section, p.45

Despain, Cara, All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change, Art Pulse, Oct/Nov 
​Worssam, Nancy, Frye Offers ‘The Old, Weird America’, The Seattle Times, Sept 27 
​Garza, Evan J, Folk My Brains Out: Wild and Weird, The Portland Phoenix, May 19 
New & Notable, American Artist: Drawing Magazine, Winter, pp. 14-15 
The Aesthetes: Eric Beltz, Flaunt Magazine, no. 100, p. 89.

Larkin, Daniel. Eric Beltz at Morgan Lehman,, November 19 
​Ollman, Leah, A Sprawling, Satisfying Show, Los Angeles Times, August 22, sec. E, p.22 
​Lee, Sasha, Review: Tree Service, Beautiful/Decay Anthology Online 
​Duncan, Michael, Eric Beltz at Acuna-Hansen, Art In America, June/July, p. 203 
​Zehler, Mara, Eric Beltz, Flaunt Magazine, no. 94, p. 103 
​Britt, Douglas, CAMH Exhibit Relates Skewed History, Houston Chronicle, July 9

Ollman, Leah, Sending Clear And Subversive Messages, Los Angeles Times, November 16, sec E, p. 22 
​Schwendener, Martha, Art In Review: Promised Land, New York Times, July 20, sec. B, p. 25 
​Baker, R. C., Best In Show: Promised Land, Village Voice, July 17

​Frank, Peter, Draw, Paper, Scissors, Art On Paper, September/October, p. 89 
​Ollman, Leah, What This Group Can Do With Paper, Los Angeles Times, June 2, sec. E, p. 19

​Woodard, Josef, The Secret Psychedelic Life of Plants, Santa Barbara News-Press, May 20-26, Scene section, p. 15

Published Interviews

​Artist Talk, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Visiting Artist Lecture, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

2011​, The Secret history of Weeds interviewed by Jarrett Moran

Plotlines gallery talk, Stranger Than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art ​ 2008 
​Lee, Sasha. Beautiful/Decay Anthology Online

Published Images/Articles

The Psychedelic Landscape, Juxtapoz Psychedelic, Hannah Stouffer, Gingko Press, Berkeley, CA

Spirits, Flaunt Magazine, no. 128, p. 70

Fuck It, Flaunt Magazine, no. 94, cover 
​Labbé, Armand, Pre-Columbian Artistic Expressions of Indigenous Concepts of Soul in Cross-Cultural Perspective, from The Ontology of Consciousness, Helmut Wautischer, ed. M.I.T. Press, Massachusetts. (figure illustrations, pp. 143, 147, 149)

Blessfuck This Shitmess, Flaunt Magazine, no. 88, p. 115

One Hit Shit, Flaunt Magazine, no. 79, p. 95 
​Garcia, Miki, Something New For Another Sunny Day, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. Haagen Printing, Santa Barbara. (unicorn illustration, p. 10.)

Acid Waves: The Tide Comes In For the Psychedelic Era, The Santa Barbara Independent, 20-27 Oct, p. 158 
Gonzo Reincarnation Of The Week, The Santa Barbara Independent, 1-8 September, p. 43

Nietzsche & Shamanism, Site Street, Spring



June 3 – July 16, 2017 Night Skies
June 15 – July 20, 2014 Phantom Color
Featuring Eric Beltz, Brian Scott Campbell and Nathan Hayden

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