Z Comer

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
  • Design Foundations
  • Witches in Pop Culture
Courses - Spring
  • Introduction to Photography
  • Digital Illustration
  • Software for Design


Erin Zerbe-Comer, who goes by "Z," is an interdisciplinary artist 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's research interests also include the confluence of feminism and neopagan spiritual practices, and she explores the tension between representations of the female body as both object and abject. Z has exhibited her work widely, along with artists such as Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat, and Sebastiao Salgado. Her exhibition record includes a variety of notable venues such as the Dublin Biennial; Cutting Edge exhibition in Florence, Italy; Gallery 175 in Seoul, South Korea; Biennale de Palermo; School 33 Art Center; and the (e)merge Art Fair DC.

Most recently, Z's illustrations, photos, and sculptural works have been published in national magazines such as Oyster River Pages Literary Journal and Voices 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.

When she is not making work in her studio or teaching classes at Hermann Fine Arts Center, Z loves spending time with her family playing board games and watching movies. Z is avid horror movie fan, sci-fi nerd, and a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady.