Best. Day. Ever! How do I give Erika more than 5 stars???? It's hard to express in words how amazing Erika is -- as a person & as a photographer. My wife and I loved her and how passionate she is about her work. Our wedding was a destination wedding and Erika captured our special moment with every picture she took. Erika is the best photographer to work with!
I have worked with Erika on several occasions...she produced photography and layouts for multiple textbook covers, and a culinary and beverage classroom redesign. In addition, she organized and performed multiple photo shoots for all of the artwork involved with 2 Beverage and food textbooks.
I really enjoyed the class. Not only did I learn how to use a camera but also it gave me enough creative freedom to explore different subject matter and get out of my comfort zone. Unlike other art classes, Erika's teaching methods and personality makes the class feel not so uptight, makes it feel like you can ask questions and no one will judge you.
I loved the class! Before taking your class I did not know how to manually operate a camera, and I had never used Lightroom or Photoshop. Your instruction and the assignments you gave us helped me gain a solid foundation of all the basics. I wish the class was longer so you could have gone into more detail on the nuances of photoshop.
Erika is a great teacher; I can honestly say she taught me everything I know about a camera. I use the skills she taught me to this day and in so many of my other classes. She is kind, very helpful, and patient. She takes the time to make sure every student understands what they need to and she is always receptive to questions. It was a pleasure taking her class!
I loved taking your photography class because I felt that it was challenging enough to keep me on my toes and tying new things, and even with prior knowledge of photography I was always enhancing and advancing my skills and abilities in the art. I was always excited to come to class, it was just the right amount of structure and creative freedom that made it so beneficial and enjoy for me.
…After finishing this course I was able to proficiently photograph my artworks as well as create more interesting reference photos using composition, color, form, and other principles of art, which Erika had taught in their class. I've been complimented on these by other faculty members and I always refer to the course I had taken from Erika Cespedes. Thank you! I truly did learn a lot.
…I truly learned a lot about photography and will continue to learn and grow in it more. I have many ideas for my design photo shoots and this class really helped me. I just wanted to say thank you…
Your class was probably the best photography class I've ever taken, and it helped me decided that I actually wanted to minor in photography. In the short time that I was in this fundamental class, I learned more than I thought or hoped to learn in only a few short weeks.
Loved every bit of the class. The presentation was very summarized and to the point. I was able to use both DSLR and phone camera.
The pace was reasonable and I liked how the instructor would stop to address individual questions and made that a learning moment for everyone in the class.
The instructor was good at explaining the steps and more than willing to repeat herself if asked.
Erika Cespedes is a Costarican born commercial and fine art photographer. Her fine art work focuses on day to day narrative life events placed in natural settings, while her commercial work focuses on food photography, advertising, and people.
As a passionate artist and educator, Erika has worked with museums, schools, underserved communities, homeless shelters and at risk youth centers in Chicago, Palm Beach and Salt Lake. She believes students from all cultural backgrounds and socio-economic status deserve art in their life as a form of expression and personal growth.
Erika currently teaches photography, design and post-editing classes at university level. Her work has been published in world-renowned magazines, and commissioned by Publishers to create exquisite food imagery for book layouts and covers. Her fine art work continues to be displayed in several galleries and museums nationwide. She is currently working on a new body of work and writing an educational book on photography and post-production techniques.
|2016||MFA in Photography||Academy of Art University San Francisco|
|2011||BFA in Digital Photography with a Minor in Installation Art||Illinois Institute of Art Chicago|
|2004||AS Commercial Film Photography||Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale|
|2023||Introduction to Digital Photography, Creating Images and Working with Adobe
1st Edition - San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing - Erika Cespedes, Print
|2023 - current||Photography Adjunct Professor, Department of Visual Arts & Art History at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida|
|2022 - current||Associate Adjunct Professor, Art Music Theatre Department at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|2021 - current||Photography & Adobe Creative Suite Instructor, Stanford University, Stanford, California|
|2004 - current||Self-employed commercial and fine art photographer|
|2019 - 2022||Associate Adjunct Professor, Communications Arts Department at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2019 - 2022||Photography Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2018 - 2022||Photography Educator for the Lifelong Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2015 - 2017||Artist in Residence - Photography, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2014 - 2017||Teaching Artist, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2011 - 2013||Teaching Artist, Art Reach at Lillstreet, Chicago, Illinois|
|2010 - 2011||Professor Assistant, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois|
|2023||Breaking Traditions, Boccara Art Gallery, Lead Instructor & Curator, Palm Beach, Florida|
|2019||Youth VOA Photography exhibition, Through the Lens, Maud’s Cafe and Public Art Mural Lead Instructor and Curator, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2019||16 weeks Pop-Up Exhibition, Downtown Artist Collective, Lead Curator, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2018||Continuum WPB 2018, Pop Up Gallery, Lead Curator for Young Masters, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2017||Picture Perfection, Marjorie Fisher Gallery, Coordinator & Guest Curator, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2017||Continuum WPB 2017, Pop Up Gallery, Guest Curator for Young Masters West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2016||A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Senior Art Show, Curator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2015||A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Senior Art Show, Curator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2022||Continuum 2022 WPB, Pop-up Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2022||Parallax, Women’s Photography Exhibition, Gormley Gallery Notre Dame Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland|
|2022||WE, The Women’s Caucus, Searching For Life, Re-growth and Display, Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|2022||Erika Cespedes & Evelyn Harvey Exhibition, Helen M. Salzberg Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|2021||35th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art- Springville, Utah|
|2021||Space Maker, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2021||16th National Photography Competition, Foto-Foto Gallery, Huntington, New York|
|2019||7th Anniversary Invitational, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Tampa, Florida|
|2019||SOLO EXHIBITION “Unborn” Salt Lake City Main Library - Lower Level Urban Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2019||Pop-Up Art, Sundial Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Florida|
|2018||Anniversary Invitational, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Tampa, Florida|
|2018||33rd Annual Spiritual & Religious Show, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah|
|2018||DAC Anniversary, Downtown Artist Collective Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|2018||Play with Your Food, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2018||94th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah|
|2017||me.exhibition, The Box Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2017||National Juried Photography Art Exhibition, Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia|
|2017||Untamed, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2017||Art Synergy, Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida|
|2017||XxX, Cultural Council of Palm Beach Council Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida|
|2017||Continuum WPB Arts 2017- Pop Up Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2016||Doll Parts, Resource Depot GalleRE, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2016||Photography Invitational, Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|2016||Speak their Names, Flamingo Clay Gallery, Lake Worth, Florida|
|2016||What’s Your Elephant? 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2016||Spring Show 2016, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco, California|
|2016||Art Synergy, Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida|
|2016||Collaborations and Mix Mediums, Marjorie S. Fisher Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida|
|2016||artBRAVO! Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2015||Art Is… 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2015||2015 All Media Biennial, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida|
|2015||Art at the Airport, Art In Public Places, Palm Beach County, Palm Beach, Florida|
|2015||Inside-Out Art as Healing Therapy, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2015||Art = Antidote to Hate, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2015||Icon 5th Annual Women Art Show, Pride Center, Wilton Manors, Florida|
|2015||artBRAVO!, Art Serve Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|2014||Spring Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, Illinois|
|2013||Exposed, Side Street Studios, Elgin, Illinois|
|2013||Copy.right?, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Illinois|
|2012||Halloween Dreams, Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana|
|2011||Untitled, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois|
|2011||Intimacy & Voyeurism, 4 Art Inc., Chicago, Illinois|
|2011||Imagine, 4 Art Inc., Chicago, Illinois|
|2017||"The Beverage Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits"
4th Edition - Pearson Publishing - Albert Schmidt & John Peter Laloganes, Print
|2011||"The Beverage Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits"
3rd Edition – Pearson Publishing - Albert Schmidt & John Peter Laloganes, Print
Award Winner of the Gourmand Award for Best Wine Book for Professionals in the USA 2012
|2011||"The Menu development, Strategy and Application"
Pearson Publishing - David Barrish, Print
|2011||"The World of Culinary Management leadership and development of Human Resources"
Pearson Publishing – Jerald W. Chesser & Noel C. Cullen, Print
|2011||"Foundations of Cost Control"
Pearson Publishing - Daniel Traster, Print
|2017||Juror’s Choice Award -Carolyn Russo, 2017 National Juries Photography Exhibition, Academy Center of the Arts|
|2017||Educator Silver Medal for the Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards|
|2017||Juror’s Choice Established Artist- Bruce Helander, XxX Exhbition Cultural Council of Palm Beach County|
|2017||Silver “Joe” Award Second Best in Show Presented by Talent Joe, Continuum WPB Arts|
|2015||Art in Public Places, Palm Beach County, Third Place in Show|
|2014||Dean’s Honor Roll Illinois Institute of Art Chicago, Magna Cum Laude|
|2011||Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Graduation, Best Portfolio in Show|
|SPE PRIDE Caucus - Mentorship Area, 2022 - current|
|Member of Society for Photographic Education (SPE), 2019 - current|
|Member of the Downtown Artist Collective, 2018 - 2021|
|Adobe Associate Certified PS, 2017, 2020|
|Continuum Arts WPB 2018 Arts Committee Member|
|Artist Member Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 2017|
|Norton Museum of Art Summer Collaborative - Architecture, 2017 Video|
|Linda Haase, Norton’s after-school program takes art into community, Sun-Sentinel, August 16, 2017, Web & Print|
|Norton Museum of Art Summer Collaborative - Everglades, 2015|
|Phillip Valys, In Wilton Manors, World-Changing Women, Sun-Sentinel, March 22, 2015, Web & Print|
|Sarah Stankey, Favorite Photographs of 2012, Lenscratch.com, January 1, 2013, www.lenscratch.com, Web|
Hi! My name is Erika Cespedes as you may already know, if you are reading this you might have found a small little free art piece hiding in your city. These little prints will be spread out through several states and even countries. Make sure you follow me on IG @erikacespedesphotography and see the journey these little free prints take!
So what’s this? Simple… I want to share my art with you. You may choose to share your finding with me or on Instagram but make sure you TAG me or keep it private, and that’s ok.
Regardless of what you do with the print, I just want to let you know I am happy you have it.
You have found a little free art piece, a gift from me to YOU! Congratulations!! This art piece was hidden & anticipating to be found by an exceptional human & that special person is you! I am so glad you found it, now you can take it home, hang it or gift it to someone you love.
Tell me all about it! How did you find it? What did the image remind you of? How did it make you feel? Take a photo & share it, tell me about your adventure.
This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I hope to see many art pieces around the world and share the joy art brings to me with you. Hope to hear from you soon!