Monument Artist Erik Blome’s unique connections to Rotary
As an ambassadorial scholar, Erik Blome spent a year learning to cast bronze at the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to his hometown of Chicago and landed a commission to cast a bust for a city library. “It was the break you need at 23,” Blome says. … Blome and his wife, Charlotte, who adopted their youngest son from Ethiopia, conduct art workshops for children in that country through “When I Grow Up I Want To Be”, a non-profit they started in 2005. Later this year, Blome will spend four months as a Fulbright Scholar at Helwan University in Egypt, where he’ll teach bronze casting and learn the Egyptian style of granite carving.