Erica Larsen-Dockray is a native of Scottsbluff, NE. Erica is currently a professor at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the world famous experimental animation program. She is also a teaching artist at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles teaching grade school Media Arts and High School Animation.
Her art practice includes hybrid installations consisting of varying elements such as painting, moving image, dance, theater, interactivity, and experimental projection. Her thesis, which focused on the experience of pregnancy in a highly interactive combination of science museum and amusement park fun house, was awarded an Interdisciplinary Grant from Calarts (2011).
Her work has been shown in galleries such as the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, and internationally including Art Festival Kesenian Indonesia in Isi Surakarta, Indonesia. Her latest projects include collaborations with her husband Jeremiah creating play spaces for children and adults which facilitate and support self-directed and unstructured play, with the artist Nancy Buchanan decorating cakes to raise mental health awareness, and working with Cybele Moon, an Assistant Professor/ Costume Design at East Carolina University creating performance pieces where costume and projected animation become one.
Erica graduated from Mitchell High School in 1999, received a BA in Media Arts and Animation in 2003 from the Art Institute of Phoenix and in 2008, went to the California institute of the Arts where she received a BFA in Experimental Animation and an MFA in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media (2012).