Erin V. Sotak was selected as our first Creative-in-Residence when the project was in the pilot program stage.  We found Erin's experiences and ability to listen to the community to be an attribute absolutely necessary for community engagement.

I work with my neighbors to create a sense of community and a better quality of day to day living.
— Erin Sotak, Creative-in-Residence at Whispering Pines

Erin received her BFA from The University of Arizona and her MFA in photography from San Jose State University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such institutions as the Phoenix Art Museum, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ASU Herberger Museum of Fine Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, UCSC Sesnon Gallery, Women and Their Work, and Centro de Artes a La Universidad Eafit. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Materials Grant and the Texas National. Sotak has been an invited lecturer at the UNCC, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, UCSC and the University of New Mexico, Gallup.

Erin has been an artist in residence at Monmouth University, Kendall College of Art & Design, The City of Scottsdale Cultural Council, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Memphis College of Art, Grand Valley State University, Salt River Project and twice at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation. Her work has been published in Phoenix 21st Century, SPE Exposure Journal, Voices of Art Magazine, Arizona Republic, Charlotte Observer, and Horizon television programming on PBS station KAET. Erin is the recipient of several public art commissions from the Scottsdale Public Art and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. 

Erin has recently been working on a project called MY YOUR OUR WATER.  The project is meant to create a conversation about a resource we all depend on but often waste.  To learn more about MY YOUR OUR WATER, please go to