Erin Bennett Banks
Grad Year: 2000
Minor(s): Communication, Sociology
Grad School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Grad Degree: MFA
Erin is a freelance illustrator. Since graduating from Houghton, she has illustrated three nationally published children’s books and received several awards for her work, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award and the New York Times Best Children’s Books 2005.
As an art major at Houghton, Erin didn’t have a clear direction on where her degree would take her. “I always had peace that God would put me wherever I needed to be. Had I approached college being too focused on the career part, it would have been so easy to miss the big picture.” Erin’s Houghton experience helped transform her into a person ready to engage the world for Christ through her gifts and passions. “As a Christian artist, I am drawn to stories of humanity and redemption,” says Banks. “My artwork is a natural extension of these themes. As a result, I tend to get projects that challenge me to address difficult topics (such as slavery, the Holocaust, religious persecution) in a manner that will be accessible and appropriate to younger audiences.