Partner + Creative Strategist
Eric is an artist, teacher and creative strategist. His work is community-based, cooperative, and ground-up — utilizing creative collaboration to solve complex communication problems. Eric curates culture and works across disciplines to create social change using a variety of tactics including public activations, culture-jamming, and fundraising.
Eric Sloss served as the Director of Public Relations for Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts from 2002 through 2011. Through this appointment, Eric publicized the work of Marina Abramović, Mel Chin, Jonathan Borofsky, Alan Fletcher, Mstislav Rostropovich, Patrick Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, Chris Borle, Megan Hilty and many other artists from various disciplines. He managed the publicity for famed conceptual artist Mel Bochner and his public sculpture, The Kraus Campo. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, he promoted classical music concerts, theater and exhibition seasons. Eric also spent close to a decade working as the publicist for Randy Pausch and the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He received publicity all over the world for various events and exhibitions, including the public art project Conflict Kitchen, a food shop that offers cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with. He was the executive producer of the podcast program LabA6, where he interviewed cultural jamming duo Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum from the Yes Men, Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee and many other artists, musicians, actors and designers. Eric also produced the podcast program Field Notes – both shows are available on iTunes.
Following his time at Carnegie Mellon, Eric served as the Director of Communications for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Eric promoted and managed publicity for Fallingwater Frank Lloyd Wright’s monumental residence built for the Pittsburgh retailer Edgar Kaufmann. He managed international media in print, trades and television for the museum, placed media all over the world – throughout Asia, South and North America. Eric also managed public relations for the economic development nonprofit Mon Valley Initiative.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a joint degree program offered through CMU’s College of Fine Arts and Heinz College. He was a board member of the Sprout Fund, a progressive funding agency that provides “seed” funding to artistic and entrepreneurial projects and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Grant Review Committee providing support to various projects. Eric was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” for making a positive impact on the western Pennsylvania region. He has been recognized with a number of local and national professional awards in art, new media and marketing.
Today, Eric teaches corporate communications at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The courses explore marketing and communications in organizational settings, where professional communicators manage relationships with a wide variety of constituencies. Eric is a natural storyteller, helping organizations achieve third party validation — interpreting their mission to the public. He takes an integrated approach towards executing public relations, design and marketing efforts.