Emily Stokes is an associate professor of art and gallery director at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in studio art and English from Wellesley College. She spent her formative years in Dayton, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her visual work, Stokes weaves together narratives and iconography to explore the tension between preserving what is familiar and confronting the new. She stages symbols from her surroundings against invented backdrops that are rooted in the real, yet unidentifiable. Free-associative patterns and textures unite everything into images that are questioning, lonely, or hopeful. Her intention is to facilitate curiosity toward the undercurrents of change coursing through places once defined by stability.
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). Over the past three years, Stokes has had solo exhibitions at: the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota; the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan; the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, IL; Belmont University in Nashville, TN; and Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA. In Spring 2020, she will have a solo exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, MN.
Several print-based works included in group show, “PRINT/POP,” at the Crooked Tree Art Center. Petoskey, MI. November 21 – December 20, 2019.
Essay, “Taking the Byway,” published in forthcoming Issue 12 of Driftless Magazine.
Print-based work accepted into “The Contemporary Print 2020” juried exhibition at Big Medium. Austin, TX. January 17 – February 15, 2020.