Emily Stokes Description
Emily Stokes is an Assistant Professor of Art at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She holds an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University, and a BA from Wellesley College. Stokes weaves together narratives with the iconography of rural vernacular culture to create her visual work. Recent achievements include a Northwestern College Endowed Research Fellowship (2017), a Purchase Award at the 29th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Juried Exhibition (2016), and an Alice C. Cole ’42 Alumnae Grant from Wellesley College (2014). Stokes has had solo exhibitions at Illinois Wesleyan University (2015) and Northwestern College (2016), and will have solo exhibitions in 2017 at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts. Master of Fine Arts: Printmaking. 2009.
Wellesley College. Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art, English. Departmental honors, Studio Art. 2005.
2011-current Assistant Professor of Art, Northwestern College. Orange City, IA.
2010-11 Adjunct Faculty, Owens Community College. Toledo, OH.
SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 (Forthcoming: solo) “Untitled.” Contemporary Gallery, Washington Pavilion. Sioux Falls, SD.
(Solo) “Ripe for Analysis.” Minnesota Gallery, MacRostie Art Center. Grand Rapids, MN.
“36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.” University Gallery, Bradley University. Peoria, IL. Juror: Kathryn Polk, Professor of Art, University of Arizona.
“Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition.” Lee Gallery, Clemson University. Clemson, SC. Juror: Sydney Cross, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art at Clemson University.
“Art Now: Printmaking” national juried exhibition. Ann Arbor Art Center. Ann Arbor, MI. Juror: Tyanna Buie, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, College for Creative Studies.
2016 (Solo) “Vigilant Being.” Te Paske Gallery, Northwestern College. Orange City, IA.
“Artist Statement” international juried exhibition. CICA Museum. Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
“29th Annual McNeese Works on Paper” juried exhibition. McNeese State University. Lake Charles, LA. Juror: Brooks Davis Anderson, Executive Director of U.S. Biennial.
“Orange City Arts Council Juried Exhibition.” DeWitt Theatre Center. Orange City, IA. Jurors: Matt Drissell, Associate Professor of Art at Dordt College, and Linda Porter.
“Press Play” national juried printmaking exhibition. Lincoln Center Gallery. Fort Collins, CO. Juror: Mark Lunning, Master Printer and owner of Open Press Ltd.
“Valdosta National All-media Exhibition.” Dedo Maranville Gallery, Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA. Juror: Carrie Baade, Associate Professor of Painting at Florida State University.
“Northwestern College Faculty Show.” Campus Gallery, Dordt College. Sioux Center, IA.
2015 (Solo) “Orange Playground.” Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University. Bloomington, IL.
“Print Austin.” Little Pink Monster Gallery. Austin, TX.
“Day of Learning.” DeWitt Theatre Arts Building, Northwestern College. Orange City, IA.
2014 “As They Are,” Cole ’42 grant exhibition. Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA.
“92nd Annual All Media National Juried Exhibition.” Ann Arbor Art Center. Ann Arbor, MI. Juror: Marianetta Porter, Professor of Art at University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.
“Multiple Impressions.” M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, Springfield Art Association. Springfield, IL. Juror: Betsy Dollar, Executive Director of Springfield Art Association.
“2014 Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition.” Providence Art Club. Providence, RI. Juror: Claudia Seymour.
“Printed Image 5.” Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. Topeka, KS. Juror: Tom Huck, Evil Prints.
2013 “Midwest Multiples” exhibition. Nemeth Art Center. Park Rapids, MN. Juror: Rachel Gladfelter, Associate Director of Pace Prints Chelsea.
“States of the State” exhibition, The University of Arizona Museum of Art. Tucson, AZ
2012 “6th Biennial Juried Print Exhibition.” Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. Juror: Ian Ruffino, Lecturer in Printmaking, The Ohio State University.
“33rd Annual Paper in Particular.” Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College. Columbia, MO. Juror: Art Werger, Professor of Art, Ohio University.
“The Human Experience.” National Print Exhibition, Pacific Lutheran University. Tacoma, WA. Juror: Janet Marcavage, Associate Professor of Art, University of Puget Sound.
2011 (Solo) “Recent Works.” Te Paske Gallery, Northwestern College. Orange City, IA.
“Think Art” exhibition. College of Fine Arts, Boston University. Boston, MA.
“75th National Midyear Exhibition.” Butler Institute for American Art. Youngstown, OH. Juror: Gary T. Erbe, painter and curator.
“14th National Juried Contemporary Exhibition 2011.” Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Grand Junction, CO. Juror: Michael Chavez, Curator, Foothills Art Center.
“The NOW WOW Project.” Hudson Gallery. Sylvania, OH. Juror: Thomas Hilty, Emeritus Professor of Art, Bowling Green State University.
“24th Annual McNeese Works on Paper.” McNeese State University. Lake Charles, LA. Juror: Dan Cameron, Founder and Director of U.S. Biennial, Inc.
“Chowan University’s National Juried Exhibition.” Green Hall Art Gallery. Murfreesboro, NC. Juror: Maxine Payne, Associate Professor of Art, Hendrix College.
2010 “States of the State: a Contemporary Survey of American Printmaking (lithography portfolio).” Invitational Portfolio organized by the Dirty Printmakers of America and hosted by the University of Arizona. Tuscon, AZ.
“Without a Map” juried all-Media exhibition, Northbrook Public Library. Northbrook, IL. Jurors: Deborah Boardman, Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Terry Luc, painter.
“Southern Printmaking Biennial V.” North Georgia College and State University. Dahlonega, GA. Juror: Matt Rebholz, Assistant Professor of Art, Southwestern University.
“87th Annual All Media Exhibition.” Ann Arbor Art Center. Ann Arbor, MI. Juror: Mark Nielsen, Director, University of Michigan’s Slusser and Work Galleries.
“Shy Rabbit Print National 2.” Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts. Pagosa Springs, CO. Juror: Yuji Hiratsuka, Associate Professor of Art, Oregon State University.
“Category: Printmaking” juried exhibition. Woman Made Gallery. Chicago, IL. Juror: Debora Wood, Senior Curator of Art, Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
“Printwork ’10.” Barrett Art Center. Poughkeepsie, NY. Juror: Asher Miller, Dept. of 19th Century, Modern & Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
“Open Competition 2010.” University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. Dearborn, MI. Jurors: Kenneth R. Gross, Berkowitz Gallery Director, and Joseph T. Marks, UM-D Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.
“West of Center, All Media Juried Show 2010.” Northville Art House. Northville, MI. Juror: Jay Holland, retired sculpture professor, College for Creative Studies.
“The Print” juried competition. Ann Arbor Art Center. Ann Arbor, MI. Juror: Endi Poskovic, Associate Professor of Art, University of Michigan.
PRESENTATIONS / COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
2015 Co-juror, Morningside College Juried Student Exhibition. Sioux City, IA.
2014 Panelist: “Print &.” Mid-American Print Council Conference. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. Paper presentation: Trimming the Fat: harvesting writing skills in art majors.
2013 Panelist: “Craftmade.” Southeastern College Art Association’s 69th Conference. Greensboro, NC. Paper presentation: Are Millenials and Lithography Compatible?
Board member: Orange City Arts Council. 2013 – present.
2012 Panelist: “The Creative Process: its relevancy in today’s university art department.” Southeastern College Art Association’s 68th Conference. Durham, NC. Paper presentation: Crafting Creativity in the Liberal Arts College.
2011 Panelist, “Collaborating with Memory.” Think Art Conference at Boston University. Boston, MA.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2017 Northwestern College Endowed Research Fellowship ($10,000) for summer research.
2016 Purchase Award, “29th Annual McNeese Works on Paper” juried exhibition.
Northwestern College Summer Scholarship Grant ($2,250) for completion of summer research.
2015 Northwestern College Summer Scholarship Grant ($2,250) for completion of summer research.
2014 Alice C. Cole ’42 Alumnae Grant ($5,000) for the creation of an artistic project and participation in a group exhibition at Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA.
2013 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Summer Seminar: Dutch Art, Patrons, and Markets. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Selected via competitive nomination.
2011 Third Award, “The NOW WOW Project,” Hudson Gallery. Sylvania, OH.
2010 Artist Summer Residency, Wilson College. Chambersburg, PA.
Published essay: “Middle C,” Potomac Review. Issue 48.
Published poetry. Menupoems broadside published by Alimentum, the Literature of Food.
My visual work stems from an investigation into the ways in which countless artists before me have staged coded imagery to build plural meanings into their work. From Casper David Friedrich, the German Romantic whose atmospheric landscapes reveal meticulous observation of God’s creation, to contemporary artists such as James Turrell or Anselm Kiefer, artists have used their visual work to communicate much more than skillful illusionism. My work finds inspiration in their approaches to visual communication, but takes root in my immediate surroundings.
Since moving to Orange City, Iowa in 2011, I have become interested in the capacity of wide expanses of land to trigger anxiety, the intense preservation of cultural heritage, and the sense of resourcefulness that comes when “normal” amenities – shopping malls, cultural sites – are 60+ ice-packed miles away. Everything seems amplified, almost amusingly cinematic in a sparsely populated place. Using painting, printmaking, drawing, and digital imaging, I choreograph the recurrent iconography of my daily routines to suggest visual narratives. A jewel-like cluster of ice or a haystack’s irregular edges may cause me to pause and take notice. My work also includes animals such as the lamb, a nod to the agricultural quilt that is northwest Iowa and the animal’s loaded symbolic value. The fragmented imagery I composite together arises from unexpected encounters with beauty, generosity, humor, or conflict. And sometimes a quivering black line or burst of texture is all that is needed to unite these fragments and give form to my encounters.
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