Emmy Bright

Artist Bio:

Emmy Bright produces drawings, prints and performances that explore the problems of empathy and boundaries. Working primarily on paper, she uses drawings and handwritten text to offer the viewer a sense of intimacy. Bright’s work often deals with paradoxes: parts and wholes, aloneness and togetherness, distance and connection. By presenting opposite concepts side by side, she draws attention to how they connect and intermingle; one cannot exist without the other. In her recent body of work, Bright works with strong variegated fields of color that are cut and reassembled into something new. What is cut from one panel may reappear in another. This laborious technique involves precise removal and repair- to Bright, the process is deeply symbolic.

Emmy Bright has produced projects and exhibited extensively throughout the United States. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Vermont Studio Center, New Urban Arts, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack School of Crafts. She is an Artist in Residence and Co-Head of Print Media at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In Bloomfield Hills, MI. Bright currently lives and works in Detroit where she is represented by David Klein Gallery.


solo and two person exhibitions


Someone Like You, Space Gallery, Charlotte, NC

The Thing and its Absence, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA


Feeling Feeling, with J.R. Uretsky, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA


Less is More, More or Less, with E. E. Ikeler, Yve Yang Gallery, Boston, MA 

EITHER / OR / NO, Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR. 

Why Don’t You Want This?, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI.


You Are Here, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI


Selected Group Exhibitions & Performances


Negative Space Visual Art Center, Richmond, VA 

In Residence, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 

Urgency / Intimacy, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN 

Making Art / Making Community, Denver University Museum, CO 

Not All There, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA


Monster Drawing Rally, Artisnal Karaoke Performance, MOCAD, Detroit, MI 

Chicago Art Book Fair, with Headmaster Magazine, Chicago, IL 

Power of the Press, More Stupids Performance, Signal Return, Detroit, MI 

a sudden and peculiar pleasure, a feeling of protection. Loveytown at Mana 

Contemporary, Chicago, IL 

SuperYou, Ladybear Performance, A Host of People, Detroit, MI


Stark Naked: the Object and Futility of Desire, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA. 

Infranatural, Performance with Leslie Rogers, CAVE Gallery, Detroit, MI. 

Sex Habits, In/Habit Roving Art Series, Archer Ballroom, Chicago, IL. 

Thesis Exhibition, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. 

My Type, Whitdel Gallery, Detroit, MI. 

Queer Mimosa, Dr. Ladybear Performance, Artspace, New Haven, CT.


hello, world!, Artspace, New Haven, CT 

Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Grunwald

Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN

Picnic Club, Public Pool, Hamtramck, MI

Glitter Show, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Past, Present, Future, Midwest Print Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI

3”x3” RIPExpo, AS220 Gallery, Providence, RI

A Womens Arms, Lincoln Arts Project, Lincoln, MA

Queer Communities in Print Portfolio, 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI


Locally Made: One Room, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

This is an Emergency: Gender Justice and Reproductive Rights,

186 Carpenter Providence, RI

Faculty Bianneal, RISD Museum, Providence, RI


Reanimation Library, 186 Carpenter, Providence RI

Valentine’d, Craftland Gallery, Providence, RI

Fellowship Exhibition, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI


Threaded Together, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI


Pattern Factory, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Wassaic Summer Arts Festival, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY


Collaborative Projects


Seraphine, Poster Series, Comissioned print for Seraphine Collective, Detroit, MI


Commemorative Curio, Commissioned print for Brown University’s Center for

Public Humanities, Providence, RI


Work/OUTside, design/build/engagement project with Andrew Oesch

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum,Lincoln MA

“On Men: A Creative Conversation” Poster, commissioned by RISD Museum

of Art, Providence, RI


Conversations on Creative Practice, Co-curated with Kedrin Frias,

New Urban Arts, Providence RI


Conversations on Creative Practice, Co-curated with Sarah Meyer

New Urban Arts, Providence, RI

Current Events Print Exchange, Co-curated with Walker Mettling,

186 Carpenter, Providence RI

Sitting in the Questions: Documentation Project, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI


Collaborative Projects cont.


XTreme Studio, Collaboration with Andrew Oesch, A+D Gallery,

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Conversations on Creative Practice, co-curated with Sarah Meyer

New Urban Arts, Providence, RI


Awards and Recognition

2014 Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2013 Sandra Olson Award, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI

2012 Artist in Residence, Reanimation Library Branch, Providence, RI

2010-2012 Artist Mentor Fellowship, New Urban Arts, Providence, RI


Visiting Artist Talks and Presentations


“Relational Art,” Presentation School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

“Artist as Pedagogue,” Presentation, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

“Artist/Process,” Presentation, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

“Big Draw,” Workshop, RISD Museum, Providence, RI


“All About the Why,” Workshop Series, Brown University Center for Public Humanities

“Collaborative Drawing and Self Publishing” Conference Workshop, Harvard

Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA


“Documentation as Research Practice” Conference Presentation, Harvard Graduate

School of Education, Cambridge MA


“Doing Documentary Work,” Workshop, Brown Center for Public Humanities,

Providence, RI

“Creative Providence” Panel, Imagining America Conference, Seattle, WA


“Documentary as Inquiry,” Conference Presentation with Emily Funkhouser,

Harvard Graduate School of Education


Publications as Author

2015 Parents, Anthology ed. Alison Rutsch, Providence, RI

2014 Neighbors, Writing and comics anthology, ed. Alison Rutsch Providence, RI

2012 Providence Comics Consortium Anthology, ed. Walker Mettling Providence, RI

2010 Proximity Magazine: Education as Art Issue, “Interview with Mike Bancroft”

2008 AIMPrint: Relationships in the Arts and Learning ”The Changing Shape of Learning”

Weiss, Cynthia and Lichtenstein, Amanda eds. Illinois, CCAP

2007 Bailiwick, Special Projects Inclusion, Issue 5, November 2007



2016 MFA in Print Media, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2007 M.Ed in Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

1999 B.A. with honors in Art History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL