Ernest Milsted was born in 1971 in Houma, LA. He earned a B.A. from Nicholls State University in 2002, and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. At Notre Dame, he was awarded the Kaneb Center for Learning’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, and The Snite Museum of Art awarded him the Walter R. Beardsley Award for his thesis project.
In 2006, Ernest joined the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University as an Instructor of Printmaking and Drawing. In 2007, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Art and the Printmaking Area Coordinator. In 2013, he earned Tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Palmetto Press and the Clark Hall Student Gallery.
Ernest has given lectures and demonstrations at Nicholls State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Millsaps College, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He has exhibited his creative research in regional, national, and international exhibitions.