“Erik Evensen proves that the internet
isn't totally full of bad people.”
—MEN IN GORILLA SUITS
Erik A. Evensen is a designer, illustrator, and educator. His varied creative work has been called “innovative and groundbreaking” by Graphic Novel Reporter, “a thrill” by Ain’t It Cool News, “literate and entertaining” by Geeks of Doom, and “smart and snarky” by BookList. His 2007 graphic novel, Gods of Asgard, has been featured at the Field Museum of Natural History, the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and the Wexner Center for the Arts, and adopted as a textbook at James Madison University, Marshall University, and Gustavus Adolphus College. His projects have been featured online at AV Club, Nerdist.com, Twitch, and Geek & Sundry, and in print in Graphic Design USA and the Washington Post.
After several years in corporate advertising and at two of New Hampshire's leading design firms, he decided to enter the “family business” of education. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, where he mostly teaches courses in design drawing, illustration, and concept visualization. Erik earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire and continued his studies in fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. He holds an MFA in Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design from Ohio State University. A New Hampshire native, he now lives near Minneapolis with his wife, conductor/composer Erika Svanoe.
Evensen is pronounced with a short E, like Johan Remen Evensen,
the Olympic gold medalist ski jumper (no relation).
Wisconsin Public Radio, 2018
5Q with Erik Evensen
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, 2014
A Super-powered and Educational Interview with J. Bucky Carter & Erik Evensen
Graphic Novel Reporter, 2010
Washington Post, 2007