Emilie Clark, MFA

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Emilie Clark is a New York artist who works in drawing, painting, installation and writing. Different developments in her project “Sweet Corruptions” were exhibited in solo shows at Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York, NY) the Nevada Museum of Art, (Reno,NV), the San Jose Museum of Art and the Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee, WI) where she continues to work with the local public schools on her science-through-art project that was formed into an Institute by the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  Clark represented the sin of “gluttony” at the Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY), as part of the Seven Deadly Sins project in 2015. Other exhibitions include Wave Hill (NY), the Royal Hibernian Academy (Ireland), the Children’s Museum of the Arts (NY), the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), and the Hunterdon Art Museum (NJ). Clark was the first (of four) artist fellows at The Drawing Center from 2015-2015. In 2010 Clark was the first Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Clark’s work has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Bomb, Printed Project, Cabinet Magazine,  Art in America, Art Week, and Hyperallergic. Clark is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio fellowship. She was an Artist Fellow at The Drawing Center in New York City from 2013-2015. Clark has also collaborated and published books with poets including The Traveler and the Hill and Hill 1999, and  The Lake 2001, with Lyn Hejinian (Granary Books). With her husband, Lytle Shaw, she has published several books and co-edited Shark, a journal of art writing and poetics.

Clark has taught at the New York Arts Program since the fall of 2004. She has been a visiting critic to numerous art programs across the country and is currently also teaching as an adjunct professor at Parsons. Clark’s teaching philosophy is guided by a belief that one must teach students to teach themselves because in order for students to truly learn, they must feel like their learning is uniquely theirs. In seminar and in individual tutorials, Clark encourages students to step outside of their comfort zones, to discover other frames so that they can look back in on their more automatic processes and thoughts and understand better how they can best process their ideas. In a practical way, Clark’s experience with fields of research outside of art history, her use of institutions, archives, the history of science, help her to help students know how to explore their own ideas. Clark’s art practice lends itself to teaching in that it is about making connections—the work literally invests itself in states of transformation, things in the act of becoming other things—but this skill translates also to seeing in the world and helping students to draw connections across disciplines.  The NYAP’s unique pedagogical model of working in small seminars and independently, along with the one-on-one mentorship from their advisor, allows the student to develop a personal and uniquely challenging relationship to his own creative voice.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Clark received her BFA from Cornell University in 1991, and moved to New York City from the Bay Area in 1998. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2002. Contact: (212) 563-0255 ext 3, emilie@nyartsprogram.org