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Meet Emily

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Emily King Simpson is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in oil painting and textile based sculptural work. She graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa in April 2021 where she was awarded the University of Ottawa Sculpture Prize. She is also a graduate of the Arts Administration and Cultural Management postgraduate certificate at Humber College.

Emily’s practice aims to explore queer femininity through personal experiences, as well as through queer histories and cultural productions, such as feminist theories and lesbian literature. She combines figurative and abstract modes of representation to create paintings that are in dialogue with these themes.

Through her textile work, she combines garment construction, embroidery and fabric painting to explore the ways that fashion and craft practices relate to gender and sexual identity. Emily strives to create work that engages in dialogues surrounding queer feminine identities and the introspective nature of discovering one’s own identity.

Curriculum Vitae

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Reclaimed Perspective: The Female Gaze / Gallery 115 / January  2018, Ottawa, ON 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

All The Small Things / Northern Contemporary / June-July 2023, Toronto, ON

Pride Exhibit / Neilson Park Creative Centre / June 2023, Toronto, ON

Fragment / University of Ottawa Graduation Exhibition / May 2021, Virtual

Art + Parcel / Annexe Ottawa Art Gallery, November 2020 / Ottawa, ON 

42nd Juried Exhibition / Art Gallery of Northumberland / October  2020, Cobourg, ON 

Art History: Is It Relevant? / Gallery 115 / March 2020, Ottawa, ON 

Limitless / Paradigm[e] Gallery / December 2019, Ottawa, ON 

À La Mode / Gallery 115 / December 2019, Ottawa, ON 

La Grande Chambre / Gallery 115 / November 2018, Ottawa, ON  

Come Unify / Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa Pride) / August 2018,  Ottawa, ON 

Young at Art / Shenkman Arts Center / May 2018, Ottawa, ON                                                                                                  

Revive / Paradigm[e] Gallery / December 2017, Ottawa, ON  

PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                  

OPAL: The Ottawa Photography and Art Label / Issue 4 - 2021

Ottawa Arts Review / Revolution - 2019  

ARTIST PANELS

Pride Showcase Artist Panel / WeirFoulds LLP & Partial Gallery / June 2023, Toronto, ON

WORKSHOPS

Watercolour Workshop / Art Drop Workshop Series / Kind Space - July 2021

Watercolour Workshop / Blooming With Pride / Polycultural and Culturelink Youth - June 2021

SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES

Creative Spotlight (Instagram, Facebook) / Nosy Mag - July 2021

Instagram Live Interview / Pride Talk / Polycultural and Culturelink Youth - June 2021

EDUCATION 

Humber College / Arts Administration and Cultural Management - 2022

University of Ottawa / Bachelor of Fine Arts - 2021 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Arts Administration / Museum Assistant Intern / Sooke Region Museum / 2022 - 2023 / Sooke, BC

Arts Administration Intern / Tangled Arts + Disability / 2022 / Toronto, ON

Arts Administration Intern / Art Gallery of Northumberland / 2022 / Cobourg, ON

Project Coordinator / Fragment Exhibition (University of Ottawa BFA Graduate Exhibition) / January - May 2021 / Ottawa, ON

Board Member / Kind Space / 2020 - 2022 / Ottawa, ON  

Secretary / Gallery 115 Board of Directors /  2018 -  2019 / Ottawa, ON 

AWARDS

University of Ottawa Sculpture Prize - 2021                                                               

Dean’s Honour List - 2019 Fall Term, 2020 Fall Term, 2021 Winter Term 

Admissions Scholarship - 2017

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