Erik graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2012 as a history major and an art history minor. While studying at William & Mary, he spent a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews and another semester with the William & Mary in Washington Program, where he interned at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and studied "The Future of Art in Modern Culture" in Washington, D.C. He presented "National Pride on Ice: The Patriotic Dutch Reading of Hendrick Avercamp's Winter Scenes" at the 2012 William & Mary's Middle Ages and Renaissance Undergraduate Research Symposium. In addition to the Corcoran, Erik has interned at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, where he worked on the exhibition A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti (1613-1699) and contributed to its catalogue as a research assistant. He started studying at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2013. Erik's focus is Renaissance and Baroque art, particularly in Northern Europe.