Ernest Gillman was named Artist of the Month for November by the Arts Commission. He is a visual arts artist from Cottage Grove artist who began sketching as a child. In addition, Gillman has experience in Architectural Drafting, black and white photography, and bronze sculpture but he prefers using pencil on paper and working in the representational/realism style.

For years, Gillman focused on still life drawings of everyday objects—objects that represent moments in our lives and memories we hold dear. Two years ago, he began working on his Americana/Blue collar series that shows people in everyday situations and tells simple stories that are meaningful in a contemporary and timeless way. Gillman’s latest projects include experimenting with colored pencil combined with graphite pencil. He will still work on his Americana/Blue collar series and bring his unique understanding of the industry after working in it for four decades.

In 2015, Gillman was nominated by the North East Minnesota Book Awards for his picture book illustrations for Full Wolf Moon. In 2016-2017, Gillman received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and he is a Minnesota State Arts Board panelist for the 2017 Visual Arts Grant Program.

Gillman and his wife have been foster parents for the past 15 years. Even though finding time is hard, Gillman continues to create the most beautiful and heartfelt drawings he can. He loves drawing, and he loves the arts.



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