As a sculptor, educator, and lecturer Eric McGehearty uses his personal struggle with dyslexia as a "jumping off" point to discuss issues like perseverance, advocacy and hope. Audiences find that his work in conjunction with his speaking drives home those points.
Eric McGehearty has his Masters of Fine Art from UNT and has shown his art work nationally in venues such as: The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Museum of Fine Art at Florida State University and at the Piedmont Arts Museum in Virginia. In the field of public art McGehearty’s project in Fort Worth was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of the forty best projects in 2007. Eric is an inspirational speaker sharing his struggles and successes as a dyslexic. His art work reflects his difficulties reading and helps audiences see in to the world of print disability.
When not making art Eric works as a consultant and spokesperson for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.
Eric was formerly a college professor and the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Dallas. He currently lives in Lewisville, Texas with his wife Heather and son Keegan, where he maintains an active sculpture studio practice.
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“Eric was a wonderful speaker at our Gifts of Learning Differences program. His candor, sensitivity and inspiration were appreciated by the wide range of attendees. A good speaker always connects with his audience, and Eric's personal experience struck home with all.”
Anne Hendrick-Thomas, APR
Director, Public Relations / Human Resources