The A. Eric Arctander Artist Grant
The A. Eric Arctander Artist Scholarship was created by family and friends. The award is to honor Eric not only as an artist but as a teacher, mentor, and friend of younger artists who assisted them in pursuing a life in art. Eric Arctander was a visual artist who was widely exhibited as a painter and was the creator of site-specific public art for which he received the Municipal Art Society Certificate of Merit. He was co-founder and President of Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, nonmembership organization that has facilitated exhibitions since 2000. He initiated that organization's Program for Advanced Environmental Art for college level art students. Eric Arctander was Professor of Art History for more than 15 years at Pratt Institute as well as on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts for over 25 years. He published many articles and written critical catalog essays on advanced art.
“During the night some of the mountains moved. Presumably to higher ground. Now our valley seemed so low, but it still looked like home. It is where my family has been for generations. Only my grandmother was an outsider. She came from another valley. All her life she would regale us with the marvels of her valley. Like ours, it had a river dividing it and thus, like us, there are people from the other side. I have never been there as the journey is both dangerous and boring. When I was a child the most extraordinary event occurred. A plane landed in our valley. The glittering wings stacked upon wings stood out among the cows in the field. Although foul smelling, the pilot was a dashing figure in a white scarf. Where he came from and where he was going, was a mystery to all. And because he spoke French it was never learned. I knew then what my destiny was to be. To Fly! To fly from valley to valley. In my life, however, I have not been bitter or disappointed that such a fate would elude me (although I continue to study French). So it was that I came to be an artist. And still I paint those valleys of my dreams and take flight over distant mountains.”
- A. Eric Arctander