Erling Sjovold grew up in Santa Barbara, graduated from Cal Berkeley, and lived in the upper Mojave desert before leaving California in his mid-twenties to pursue an MFA at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Although Sjovold now teaches at the University of Richmond in Virginia, his work shows the deep influence of camping and backpacking trips in California when he was a child.

Sjovold has enjoyed a number of grants and residency awards including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, Ragdale, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Jessie Ball DuPont Summer Fellowship at the National Center for the Humanities, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship.

Marcia Burtt Gallery