Emily Zimmerman is a curator and writer based in Seattle, WA. Emily is the Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design, and editor for the art journal MONDAY. Her research interests bring together embodied learning, media theory, and existential philosophy.

Previously she was the Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery and the Assistant Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) where she commissioned new work from artists such as Melvin Moti, Ryan & Trevor Oakes, and Gordon Hall. Her writings have appeared in BOMB, and Contemporary Performance. She has served on a number of review panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Herb Alpert Awards. Emily received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and her BA from New York University.

Photo credit: Megumi Shauna Arai

Curriculum Vitae

Education
2007, Masters of Arts, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
2002, Bachelors of Arts, New York University

Professional Experience
Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington
Director + Curator
2017-present

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
Associate Curator of Public Programs
2015-2017

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer
Curatorial Assistant; Assistant Curator; Associate Curator
2008-2015

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Curatorial and archival assistant, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
2007

Eyebeam
Curatorial Intern
2006

Inliquid
Program and Editorial Assitant
2004-2005

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Curatorial Intern
2004

Creative Time
Curatorial Intern
2003

Location One
Program Assistant
2001-2003

Grants/Residencies/Panels

2019
Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Museums Panel
Juror for the James W. Ray Award, from The Artist Trust | Frye Art Museum Consortium
Committee member for the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
Advisory board for the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

2018
Juror Gallery 4Culture 2018-2019 Season
Panelist for On the Boards NW New Works Festival
Advisory board for the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

2017
Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Panel
Juror for INTERSTATE, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, CWU
Advisory board for the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

2016
Juror for the TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival
Career Incentive Fund Grant from the New Foundation Seattle
Panelist for the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts
Banff Centre Literary Arts Residency

2015
Curatorial team member for 9E2 Seattle festival
Reviewer for the MAP Fund
Participant in PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab
Board of Directors, Wave Farm (Acra, NY)

2014
Panelist for NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Grant Program

2013
Curator-in-Residence, Residency Unlimited
Panelist for NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Grant Program
Panelist for NYSCA’s Individual Artists Grant Program

2012
Panelist for NYSCA’s Media Distribution Grant

2011
Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow, BRIC Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Two-week curatorial residency in Busan, Korea at Space Bandee

2010
Awarded Best Emerging Curator by the editors of the Metroland.




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