Galleries of Contemporary Art
RAIN MACHINE: Eric Tillinghast

RAIN MACHINE: Eric Tillinghast

August 30–December 7, 2012


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Artist Eric Tillinghast has created a monumental, site-specific water installation—a “rain machine”—in GOCA1420 (UCCS' 2800 square foot gallery). Tillinghast was in residence for three weeks, during which time he invovled numerous volunteers - UCCS students and community - in the process of his work. The installation inspired an interdisciplinary investigation of water, culminating in a lecture series featuring speakers on this vast and important subject from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Artist Biography:

Eric Tillinghast was born in 1974 in Los Angeles, and currently lives and works in northern California. In 1990-91 Tillinghast attended the Virginska Konst Skolan in Orebro, Sweden, after which he continued to study art Western State University, in Colorado, and completed an Industrial Welding program in Santa Barbara, California. In 1995 he established a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and began a series of works that explore the use of water as a sculptural material. Works from this series have been exhibited at The Albright Knox Gallery, in Buffalo, The Galerie der Stadt Mainz Bruckenturm, in Mainz, Germany, The Museum of Fine Art, in Santa Fe, Rocket, in London, P.S., in Amsterdam, and The Center For Contemporary Non-Objective Art, in Brussels.

Tillinghast has been awarded grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Land Rheinland-Phalz Kulturministerium in Germany, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and residencies from the Kohler Company, in Wisconsin, Centre-Est-Nord-Est, in Quebec, and Alafoss, in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2008 he completed his first public art project for Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, and is currently working on projects for the Port of San Diego, the City of Cleveland and the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art.

Visit Eric Tillinghast's website by clicking here.

Related Lecture Series

H20: Water, Culture & Politics
Thursdays @ 7:30 pm | UCCS Campus - Centennial Hall Auditorium
Reception in Gallery @ 7 pm

Using the immersive and massive “Rain Machine” installation by artist Eric Tillinghast as a springboard, H20: Water, Culture & Politics will bring academic, entrepreneurial, and regional community voices to UCCS for this interdisciplinary series. Click here for more information.

August 30th
Eric Tillinghast | “Rain Machine” Artist

September 6th
Hayman Burn Waterway Restoration & CSprings Stormwater
UCCS Prof Eric Billmeyer & Jeff Besse, City of Colorado Springs

September 13th
H20 Chemistry & Hydraulic "Fracking"
UCCS Professors Dave Anderson (Chemistry) & George Bolling (Geography)

September 20th
Christo and Jeanne Claude’s “Over the River” Project
Steve Coffin - OTR Colorado Representative

September 27th
“Remains of a River: Source to Sea Down the Colorado” Film
Zak Podmore - Colorado College State of the Rockies Project

October 4th
San Luis Valley Acequias - Lecture & Film Event
San Luis Valley Rancher Joe Gallegos & UCCS Professor Mary Jane Sullivan

October 11th
Colorado River Compact & Music of the Waters
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Roser Visiting Artists Fund & University of Colorado Diversity & Excellence Fund