Eric Payne is a Cleveland, OH native currently based in New York City. Eric studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and subsequently at Parsons School of Design at The New School University in New York where he concentrated on Sociology and Fine Art Photography.
Eric's work continues to be a visual platform for civic engagement, discourse, and kinships through interdisciplinary creative explorations and community engagement, changing the way we engage in these relevant conversations outside of electoral politics.
In Fine Art, Eric has performed alongside Solange Knowles for " An Ode To" an interdisciplinary performance that took place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. His philosophy as an Art Educator is to Serve, Teach, and Project the tools in art-making as essential tools that initiate a dialogue on important issues of the day and develop a language to be discussed and dissected by his viewers.