During his 40-year career, Eric Staller has been called a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, interventionist, inventor, and writer. “I would rather be an enlightened amateur than a professional, and every time I get too good at something I have to move on,” Staller said.

During his 40-year career, Eric Staller has been called a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, interventionist, inventor, and writer. “I would rather be an enlightened amateur than a professional, and every time I get too good at something I have to move on,” Staller said. “An artist shouldn’t become a cottage industry of his own style. He has to go into the next unknown, keep taking risks, blow his own mind. I’ve been doing this so long, I know that if I can blow my mind, I can blow the minds of my audience!” Staller, who is architect-trained, has created hi-tech and large-scale public works for civic and corporate buildings and plazas in the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 2006 he wrote and published his book, Out of My Mind. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he drives, rides, and sails his Urban UFOs around town. He was newly commissioned to create a children’s play area at San Francisco International Airport. This talk is jointly sponsored by the Rinehart School of Sculpture and the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting, and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs.