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.
“Climate” juried exhibition, (SCENE) Metrospace. East Lansing, MI. July 12 – August, 30, 2019.
“Original: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints,” Crooked Tree Art Center. Traverse City, MI. September 7 – November 14, 2019.
“PaperWest 2nd National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition,” Gittins Gallery, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. October 7 – November 1, 2019.