Diamond is partnered with StandUp For Kids for More Than Shelter. She is working on a new body of work exploring notions of safety for queer youth, especially in their homes and other places where they should feel accepted and loved.
ERIKA DIAMOND is a textile-focused visual artist, curator, and educator based in Asheville, NC. Her work addresses the fragility and resilience of both the human body and our connections to each other.
She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her costumes have been commissioned by Charlotte Ballet. Diamond has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) in the Craft/Material Studies Department and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (CO). She spends her summers as Assistant Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution (NY).
STANDUP FOR KIDS HAMPTON ROADS is the second oldest StandUp for Kids chapter, having been established in 1991 at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Their mission is to end youth homelessness. Its volunteers serve homeless youth up to age 24 and their dependents. They have a standing meeting for LGBTQ+ teens and are providing a safe space to meet and share.
More Than Shelter
The essentials for human survival are food, water, and shelter. These needs take precedence over all the others. Virginia MOCA continues our investigations of basic human needs with the new exhibition More Than Shelter. Eleven artists received an invitation to participate in this exhibition. We asked each one to consider what the idea of shelter means to them and choose an avenue of investigation. The artists connected with partners who provided unique insight into their area of expertise. Shelter is both a verb and a noun. It can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. It also means to listen, care, and to support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures.