"After studying with Eric Hoover, I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and moved to Los Angeles to work in animation.

Since then I have design credits on a gazillion episodes of THE SIMPSONS as well other television shows. I've also worked at several renowned graphic design and advertising firms. In my spare time I create picture books using the nom de plume J. R. Krause.

Eric Hoover was my inspiration to pursue a career in art. His knowledge and guidance were a crucial part of making that happen."

John Krause / Background Designer

​The Simpsons Television Show

"My daughter had Mr. Hoover as her high school advanced placement studio art teacher. With his help and guidance she was able to create an outstanding portfolio that was accepted at her first choice school, Rhode Island School of Design. When she came home on break she told me that she felt that she was very well-prepared for the challenge of attending one of the top art schools in the country."

Bette Gagnon / Artist, Art Teacher

  • ​Mother of an Artist and Art Educator

Eric Hoover has been an art educator for nearly forty years. He studied art under the direction of Charles Peterson, William Gerhold, Thomas Higgins, and Val Garoza at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, where he graduated with a BA in art and a minor in art education in 1974. He received his Master’s in Educational Technology with a focus on Visual Arts Technology from Fitchburg State University in 1989.

He began his teaching career in Maple Heights, Ohio. Following a move to Massachusetts, he taught art, first in Burlington and then in Chelmsford, where he focused his career on helping students become successful artists from 1979 until he retired in 2014.


​While at Chelmsford High School, he created and taught a number of new courses such as: 

Advanced Placement Studio Art, providing college credit and an opportunity to develop a portfolio for college/art school acceptance

Computer Graphics, focussing on teaching visual communication skills, utilizing images, media and animation

Humanities, integrating English, Social Studies, Visual Art and technology to teach history of Western Civilization

He also collaborated in creating and implementing a Art Trip Abroad Program through which we took high school art students to various countries in Europe over April vacation.


​Eric Hoover has numerous former students who are now successful practicing artists in a variety of art fields such as, animation, architecture, illustration, industrial design, glass sculpture, painting, jewelry design, game & toy design, theatrical set design, costume design, fine art marketing and art education.

“Every professional artist/designer can point to an individual in their past who was a positive influence and a voice of encouragement to choose the art field as a career.

Eric Hoover is that person for me.”

Alan Roach / Vice President

"Eric Hoover was the greatest influence on my artwork while at Chelmsford High School. He encouraged me to follow my passion and helped me to develop confidence in my drawing ability and my own individual direction in my work. He showed me a path to a career in art and he pushed me every step of the way during the early part of that journey." 

Brian Rea / Illustrator

  • Former Art Director of the OpEd Page of the New York Times
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Art Center College of Design



  • Massachusetts Secondary School Art Teacher of the Year
  • Chairman of the Massachusetts Art All-State Steering Committee
  • Vice-president of the Massachusetts Directors of Art Education
  • Chairman of the Chelmsford Cultural Council
  • ​​Grant Reviewer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Administrator for the Rebello Art Scholarship
  • ​National Top 20 High School Visual Art Educator (M.I.C.A.)​
  • ​K-12 Art Department Head, Chelmsford Public Schools