Emily Newman

Emily Newman, born in Singapore and raised in the UK, is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from CalArts and has shown internationally—including at the Taylor De Cordoba gallery in Los Angeles, the Anna Akhmatova Museum and at Manifesta 10  in St Petersburg, and the Klaus Von Nitchtssagend Gallery in New York. Her work has been critically reviewed in publications such as Art Review, The Los Angeles Times and Artforum Intl.  She received a Fulbright to go to Russia in 2005 and spent the next decade in and around St Petersburg teaching at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and at St Petersburg University, where she formed a fledgeling program in Contemporary Art at Smolny College and TOKAMAK, a structured residency for artists on the Finnish island of Suomenlinna that lasted eight years. Today she teaches art full time at Catalyst Academy, an elementary school in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where she continues to look for ways to empower children to make sense of their lived contexts through visual expression. Her works on show at the Mattress Factory draw from the years she spent in Russia and explore methods of attaining self-knowledge through model-building and historical-reconstructions-gone-wrong with children and their families.
April 16 – December 18, 2022
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