Coming off 10 years as the arts and culture reporter at the Reno Gazette-Journal, I decided to plunge into arts full-time because I realized that it is what stirs my soul. I am a fifteen-year veteran journalist who has provided a voice to unnoticed and underserved populations. I worked as newswoman for The Associated Press in the Detroit bureau before heading west to work as the Diversity Reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
For several years before writing about the arts, I presented the issues of Reno’s diverse populations, and the history and culture of the area’s communities of color, including Latino, African American and American Indian.
But journalism wasn’t my first career. I worked as a niche marketing consultant and had a 16-year career as a fashion buyer and product developer, during which time I honed my skills to identify trends, negotiate with suppliers worldwide, manage millions of dollars in apparel inventory and sales, and develop relationships. With clients like the World Bank and USAid, the underserved populations I worked with expanded globally.
I earned a B.A. in Journalism at Southern Methodist University, with a minor in African American studies. Later, I earned a master’s degree in History at the University of Nevada, Reno, with a focus on race and ethnicity.
When I’m not at a gallery reception, concert or play, I’m hula hooping, staying fit by participating in boot camps or getting my costumes ready for Burning Man.
Eric Brooks began pursuing his professional connection to the arts in 2000 as co-founder of the BirdsNest Co-op in San Francisco. He and his partner focused on pairing emerging artists with alternative gallery spaces. In the first year they showcased over 50 artists in 30 venues around the city. During this dynamic year Eric learned that being an artist held an exciting potential. Over the next 8 years Eric began to produce a prolific body of work using the Ernstian technique, eclaboussage.
During this period Eric was a member of City Arts Gallery in the vibrant Mission District and was featured in galleries throughout San Francisco as well as special exhibitions in Mexico and Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2011 opportunity arose for a semi permanent move to Edinburgh to work with The Forest Café, a non-profit that focused its energy towards art, education, and community. While there he was featured twice as Artist In Residence and curated the gallery space at 141 Lauriston Place.
A late December snowstorm was the welcome Eric received upon moving to Reno in 2012 as a contributing partner at The Valley Arts Research Facility. Currently he is curating four alternative galleries and is a working with the newly launched Art Spot Reno and Art Walk Reno. His art can be seen in various galleries around town.