Eric Rieger ’07
I’m a street and installation artist, primarily working in yarn and aerosol-sprayed stencils. My current work, the Hot Tea project, is a mix of street art, gallery work, and commissioned pieces. I’ve always been passionate about my projects, and having a peer group of intensely focused, creative friends from MCAD continues to push me and inspire my work.
After high school, my teachers encouraged me to move to the Twin Cities to get to know people in the arts community. I briefly attended a for-profit art school and was unhappy with it—they taught a lot about specific tools, but nothing about composition, concept, or ideation. So, I did my research and found out that MCAD was one of the best art and design colleges.
I loved my time at MCAD. I graduated in four years, and then I freelanced for a while before the Hot Tea project took off. My work was recently featured in a Converse commercial that was filmed in Berlin, and then I had a solo exhibition that resulted in some more opportunities.