Geoff Eacker was born in Amsterdam, New York in 1948. He received his formal training as a commercial photographer in central Florida. After moving to the Midwest, he gradually shifted his professional activity to woodworking.
In 1997 Geoff was the co-recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation for the Humanities grant to become the first of many Scholars-in-Residence at Marshall University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, Huntington, West Virginia. At Marshall his research focused on women banjo players in Appalachia. The results of this semester long project was a multi-media traveling exhibit featuring Geoff’s photographs entitled “Banjo Women in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.” To date “Banjo Women ” has appeared at ten venues in four states.
Geoff received a National Endowment for the Humanities/ Ohio Humanities Council Grant in 1998 to create a multi-media exhibit featuring the life and music of the influential banjo player and longtime Hamilton, Ohio resident, the late Pete Steele. The exhibit was displayed at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio in January 1999.
Geoff’s instruments have been featured in the music publications, “Frets” and “The Oldtime Herald,” the national exhibit “The Music Makers”, at The Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, and in the collection of musicians including singer/songwriter, Joni Mitchell.
Geoff recently retire from his position as Director of Miami Universities Art Center in Oxford, Ohio. He’s currently building dulcimers and driving his wife crazy.