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2012-2014    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
♦ MFA in Painting & Drawing

2007-2011    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
♦ BFA in Fine Arts: Painting & Drawing
♦ Minor in History of the Visual Arts
♦ Graduated with Honors

Awards, Honors, & Residencies:

2017    MIUSA Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), San Francisco, CA
2016    AZULE Residency, Asheville, NC
2015    CAMP (Collaborative Arts Mobility Project) Residency, Hardwick, VT
2014    Fall Painting and Drawing Teaching Fellowship: Drawing Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago
2012-2014    Writing Fellowship TA position for duration of Master’s degree program
2012-2014    SAIC Grant
2011    The Ted Carey Prize
2011    The Steve Jaffe Award in Drawing
2011    The Novelli Award for Excellence in the Liberal Arts
2011    Nominated for:
♦ Valedictory speaker
♦ The Mary Louise Beitzel Award
♦ The Richard C. Von Hess Travel Fellowship
♦ The Alexander Award
2010    The Larry Day Memorial Award
2010    The Marguerite and Otis Walter Scholarship for Excellence in Art History

Selected Solo, Two-, & Three-Person Exhibitions:

2017    “Phantom Limb.” Solo Exhibition at NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2016    “Em Kettner / Ryan Travis Christian / Kyle Breitenbach.” HARPY, Rutherford, NJ
2016    “Talisman: Em Kettner & Jessie Mott.” Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016    “Neutral Mask: Em Kettner, Andy Moore, Oriana Weich.” Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017    “Welcome Blanket.” Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017    “Chicago Art Book Fair.” with Fernwey Editions, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago, IL
2017    “Comic Arts Brooklyn.” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2017    “EXPO Chicago.” with Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2017    “Figured Out! Bodily Form in Contemporary Ceramics.” Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017    “LTD Wear 2.” LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017    “World Town.” Roots & Culture Chicago, IL
2017    “–on the bank of what river?” Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017    “Close to Me.” curated by Eric May, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL
2017    “CAMP Annual Fundraiser.” The Pines, Brooklyn, NY
2017     “Julius Caesar Benefit Auction.” Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
2017    “Win Win.” Clif Bar, Emeryville, CA
2016    “Object Puzzles.” Tusk, Chicago, IL
2016    Pliocene Park.” Site Red, Chicago, IL
2016    “HOW HIGH?” Left Field SLO Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016    “Magic Harvest.” Gallery at Panorama, Oakland, CA.
2016    “DisFigure.” Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2016    “Analog RAM: the Return of Active Memory.” The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago, IL
2014    “Talking to the Animals.” MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
2014    “Sexy Can I: 8 Failed and Successful Romances.” curated by Third Object, 2nd Floor Rear, Chicago, IL.
2013    “Digital Comics.” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.
2013    “Wilder Than Us.” SAIC 17th Floor Space, Chicago, IL
2011    “Lightness and Weight.” Clip Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “Painting Printmaking Sculpture.” The Icebox, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “HIVE/CAVE.” Pageant/Soleveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “Float Onwards/Float On Words. Senior Thesis Exhibition.” Anderson Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “Ted Carey Juried Exhibition.” Anderson Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
2011     “Mary Louise Beitzel Juried Exhibition.” Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “Annual Student Exhibition.” Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2011    “Art Unleashed.” Solmssen Court, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
2010    “Kam Yu Lam Middle December Show.” Kam Yu Lam, Philadelphia, PA.
2010    “Kam Yu Lam Middle November Grand Opening Show.” Kam Yu Lam, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Experience:

2014 – Present    Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL.
Courses taught:
♦ Studio Drawing A: Multi-Level, Painting and Drawing Department
♦ Studio Painting A: Multi-Level, Painting and Drawing Department
♦ Drawing Institute: Summer Residency with Eric Lebofsky + Diego Leclery, Painting and Drawing Department
♦ Research Studio 1, Contemporary Practices Department
♦ First Year Writing Seminar 2, Liberal Arts Department
♦ First Year Writing Seminar 1, Liberal Arts Department
2017 – Present     Ceramics Instructor, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2017 – Present     Fibers Instructor, NIAD Art Center, Richmond CA
2015    Private Tutor for graduate level course, ARTHIST/VCS 5060 001: Heterosexualities in Art and Mass Culture, East and West, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2012 – 2014    Writing Fellow TA, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2014    Teaching Assistant for Anne Harris, Studio Drawing: Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2013    Teaching Assistant for Mary Lou Zelazny, Studio Painting: Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2011    Essay Contributor to Title Magazine
2011    Writing Fellow, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2011    Peer Tutor in Art History, Writing, ESL, Reading, and Drawing, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Artist Lectures, Presentations, & Critiques:

2017    Artist Lecture for Drawing Institute: Summer Residency, Chicago, IL
2017    Artist Lecture for “Phantom Limb,” NIAD, Richmond, CA
2014-2016    Faculty panelist on end-of-semester graduate student critiques at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2015    Presenter at Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, as part of the Soapbox lecture series. Topic: Desire, “Get Up and Walk: Mythology and Myopathy”
2015    Visiting Artist Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Drawing Studio: Multi-Level taught by Gulsah Mursaloglu: “Human/Animal”
2015    Panelist at Julius Caesar Gallery, “Ethan Gill: Mean on Sunday.” Chicago, IL.
2014    Visiting Artist Lecturer at DePaul University for undergraduate studio course, “ART 206: Intermediate Drawing,” taught by Matthew Girson
2014    Visiting Artist Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for graduate level art history, “ARTHI 5575-001: Extraordinary Bodies,” taught by Bess Williamson; she writes: “This course explores disability as an embodied experience, an analytic frame, a social construction, and a reappraisal of the aesthetics and politics of modern art and design.”

Publications as Author:

  • “Tailbone” Fernwey Gallery, Fernwey Editions, November 4th, 2016.
  • “Nicholas Schutzenhofer: Corsage” Press release for Shaheen Gallery, CAN Journal, http://canjournal.org/2016/03/shaheen-presents-the-works-of-nick-schutzenhofer/ and http://www.shaheengallery.com/exhibitions/view/68
  • “Em Kettner on the work of Nick Schutzenhofer” Fernwey Gallery, Fernwey Editions, October 24th, 2014. http://www.fernwey.com/em-kettner-on-nick schutzenhofer
  • “Corpsey and the Birds” Trubble Club Presents: The Infinite Corpse 2013  http://corpsey.trubble.club/catacombs/55/107/
  •  “’Marilyn Holsing: Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette’ at Gallery Joe” Title Magazine, December 21st, 2011. http://www.title-magazine.com/2011/12/763/
  • “’Things that Do’ at Fleisher/Ollman” Title Magazine, November 30th, 2011. http://www.title-magazine.com/2011/11/things-that-do-african-power-objects-emery-blagdon-philadelphia-wireman/
  • “’Elemental Matters’ at the Chemical History Foundation” Title Magazine, November 5th, 2011. http://www.title-magazine.com/2011/11/elemental-matters-artists-imagine-chemistry/
  • “’Painting Printmaking Sculpture” Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts, 2011.  http://www.cranearts.com/painting-printmaking-sculpture/


  • Kate Mothes, “Interview with Em Kettner,” Young-Space, February 22nd, 2017. http://www.young-space.com/blog/2017/2/em-kettner
  • Jessica Campbell, “Talisman: on the work of Em Kettner and Jessie Mott,” Fernwey Gallery, November 1st, 2016. http://www.fernwey.com/talisman
  • “Top V. Weekend Picks 11/3-11/9″ Bad At Sports, Contemporary Art Talk, http://badatsports.com/2016/top-v-weekend-picks-113-119/
  • Daniel Gerwin, “An Ecology of Philadelphia’s Art Scene,” On-Verge, December 15th, 2015. http://www.on-verge.org/features/an-ecology-of-philadelphias-art-scene/
  • Liz Logan, “10 Local Art Galleries Worth Exploring,” Make It Better, January 21st, 2016. https://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/10-local-art-galleries-worth-exploring/
  • Jessica Campbell, “Desire: A Soapbox Lecture by Em Kettner, Kelly Lloyd, and Danny Volk,” editions Kavi Gupta, April 25th, 2015. http://www.kaviguptaeditions.com/events/2015/desire-a-soapbox-series-lecture-by-emily-kettner-kelly-lloyd-and-danny-volk
  •  Denise Bennett, “In Conversation with Em Kettner and Denise Bennett” SAIC MFA 2014 website, April 18th, 2014. http://saic-mfa.com/2014/in-conversation-with-em-kettner-and-denise-bennett/
  • “Night Mare” Edge Magazine, The University of the Arts, 2012