Lauren Erickson holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Art History from Towson University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Towson University.
Lauren has worked with JSR for eight years. During this time Lauren has been integrally involved in the selection, purchasing, and installation of furniture, artwork, accessories, signage, and other features important to the overall appeal of JSR’s many and varied design projects.
Doubling as office manager, Lauren keeps JSR smoothly running by coordinating its marketing, updating website content, and managing the essential administrative needs of the office’s busy professional staff.
In 2009, Lauren transformed the first floor of JSR’s design studio into a retail art gallery whose revolving exhibits would appeal to the thousands of people who are attracted each month to the esoteric offerings found along Historic Ellicott City’s famous Main Street. As an extension of the JSR design firm, proceeds from Perspectives Art Gallery support local charities. The gallery provides a forum for introducing local artists to a larger community of enthusiasts and patrons. As Gallery Director, Lauren is responsible for all facets of organizing the changing exhibitions – from selecting artists and completing graphics for advertising and marketing, to developing creative themes for exhibitions, to promotion and publicity. Lauren is also involved with local community members, interacting with gallery clientele and artists on a day-to-day basis where she handles business transactions, provides information, and creates a welcoming and artistic environment for both artists and clientele.
Over the years, Lauren has had the opportunity to expand her work experience through volunteering in the local community. Through Towson University, she developed and led interactive tours for elementary school classes throughout the Baltimore area at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2009-2010 Lauren volunteered at The Children’s Home in its Art for Cash Program, preparing new activities and art projects. The Art for Cash program empowered kids to explore and create art while simultaneously teaching them basic business skills. At the 2010 Annual Meeting, Lauren was recognized and awarded the 2010 community service award by CEO Andre Cooper. Currently, Lauren is volunteering her time at The Walter’s Art Museum, one of the most important comprehensive art museums in the country. As a visitor services volunteer, Lauren provides information to visitors about the permanent collection, special events, public programs, membership, and other Baltimore attractions that would be of interest to museum visitors. As a box office assistant Lauren is responsible for greeting and checking in visitors and members, selling tickets to special exhibitions, selling memberships, and completing close out reports and reconciling cash.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys a good book and a hot cup of tea, exploring art museums, dancing in the kitchen, baking, beating her younger brother, Michael, in Kinect games (especially the Just Dance series), abstract expressionism, riding her bike through the city, kayaking, and hanging out with Theodore Triumph Erickson, her cat.