Heart of the Arts Award
Eric Stearns holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Professional Emphasis from Doane College and a Master of Fine Arts from Fort Hays State University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Doane University, where he has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences for the past ten years. Outside of the classroom, Eric spends his time in the studio creating sculptural pierced raku ceramic art and focusing on philanthropic projects that blends his love of ceramics and community service. In 2014, Eric started Community Cups for Kids, a service-learning project that challenged his students to create and design 50 cups to raise funds for Voices for Children in Nebraska. Eric has brought this project to Saratoga and Holmes Elementary schools as part of the Lincoln Art Council’s upstArt program.