Z Comer

McCoy Associate Professor/Director of First Year Seminar
BFA-Kinetic Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University (2006); MFA-Photographic and Electronic Media, Maryland Institute College of Art, (2011); Certificate of Post-Secondary Education-Maryland Institute College of Art (2011)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Software for Design
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Time-Based Art
  • Design Foundations
Courses - Spring
  • Digital Illustration


Erin Zerbe-Comer, who goes by "Z," is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and educator working in illustration, digital art and mixed media. Her work specializes in human emotions and relationships between the body and spirituality, tackling issues of gender, grief, and the metaphysical. Z has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally; showing alongside artists such as Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat, and Sebastiao Salgado.

Most recently, Z's illustrations, photos, and sculptural works have been published in national magazines such as Oyster River Pages Literary Journal and Voice of Eve Women's Literary Magazine; and exhibited in international galleries such as Beacon Gallery, WitchFEST North,  Indianapolis Art Center, and Minot State University's Northwest Art Center.

In 2021, Z was awarded the John G. and Jeanne B. McCoy Teaching Excellence Professorship, which recognizes teaching excellence among Marietta College faculty. Z's most recent work is focused on exploring grief and addiction through mixed media and graphic memoir.

When she is not making work in her studio or teaching classes at Hermann Fine Arts Center, Z loves spending time with her husband and three cats. Z is avid horror movie fan, sci-fi nerd, makeup-aficionado, and a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady.

Learn more about Z and her work at http://www.erinzerbecomer.com.