• Not a Billboard at J. Rinehart Gallery

    October 23 - November 27, 2021

    Announcing Emily Gherard’s exhibition, Not A Billboard at J. Rinehart Gallery

    J. Rinehart Gallery announces an exhibition of new work by Seattle-based painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, Emily Gherard. Her exhibition Not A Billboard is an exploration of the powerful emotional narrative conveyed through off-balance compositions including drawings, paintings, and wood wall sculptures. Not A Billboard will be on view in the gallery and online at www.jrinehartgallery.com from October 23 – November 27, 2021. Opening reception will be held in the gallery Saturday October 23, 3-6pm

    Gherard’s most current body of work has been developed in response to Käthe Kollwitz’s drawing, The Mothers, which features a group of five mothers with their children. Her image shows a complex portrayal of motherhood, emphasizing the different experiences of each figure through pose and a range of drawing styles. Gherard responds to the emotions and postures in Kollwitz’s drawing as a metaphor for her own experience with motherhood.

    Mark-making and materials within each of Gherard’s abstracted forms evokes a unique narrative of each figure.

    In conjunction with the exhibition, an exhibition catalog will be published with an essay written by independent scholar, writer and art advocate, Sharon Arnold.

  • Always On: Art and Motherhood

    at Soil Gallery

    Natalia Arbelaez
    Gala Bent
    Gudrun Filipska
    Emily Gherard
    Jessica Hoffman
    Sarah Irvin
    Elisheba Johnson
    Kelda Martensen
    Kristen Ramirez
    Paula Rebsom
    Ursula Stuart
    Kim Van Someren
    JoEllen Wang
    Ixtlixochitl White Hawk
    Jessica Wohl
    Jennifer Zwick

    May 04 – 29, 2021

    Spring/Covid-19 Gallery Hours:
    Friday–Sunday, 12pm–5pm and by appointment

    Opening Reception: Thursday, May 6th, 5-8pm

    Always On: Art and Motherhood is an exhibition that highlights the work of artists who are mothers and work additional jobs outside the home. The work presented here is not the work that gets made during coveted studio time, but rather made in a space more in-between. A space that is rarely their own, where multiple things are happening at the same time and occupying the same mental, physical, and emotional space. Ideas conceived and made while nursing, during a lunch break from work, or a walk to the park with kids in tow. This work is raw, honest, ironic, funny, and emotionally charged. It sometimes feeds into real “work” but oftentimes remains private, which speaks to a larger and more universally shared experience of artists/mothers inventing new ways to stay connected to the act of making beyond the traditional walls of a studio.

    Originally conceived before the pandemic, this exhibition has taken on a new layer of meaning for many of these artists. Studio time, which was hard-fought before the pandemic, became almost non-existent for many of them and the in-between time became compressed even further by additional layers of isolation, homeschooling, and complications of child care and employment in a pandemic. We are honored to have space for this work to be seen and to center the perspectives of artists/mothers at such a unique time in history.

  • We Have Always Been Broken

    at Oxbow Gallery

    We Have Always Been Broken features a selection of recent plaster works. These works were made by pouring wet plaster into molds constructed of intaglio printing plates. A result is a contradictory form that has the delicate rich marks of an intaglio print but the weight and solidity of a plaster block. These large wall sculptures are made up of multiple individually printed blocks that assemble to form larger structures. The boat-like piece Precious and Vulnerable is made out of 30 shaped printed plaster blocks with an embedded cedar wood structure that stains the plaster. A result is a form that slopes downward, sinking into the ground. A feeling of instability is created by its off-balance composition and top-heavy form.

    Over time my imagery has developed from literal depictions of rocks and walls into abstracted blocks built from the accumulation of smaller elements. Despite this evolution, my intentions have remained the same: to use composition, mark and experimental materials to depict forms and structures in a way that enables the viewer to empathize with them as if they were living. These large masses become a human stand-in and the unstable compositions- deteriorating, sinking and dissolving- a metaphor for human fragility and vulnerability.

    Artist reception: March 14, 6-9 pm

    Open Studio hours (and by appointment)
    Tuesday, March 3 : 11-2pm
    Thursday, March 5: 11-2pm
    Saturday, March 7: 11-6pm
    Sunday, March 8: 11-6pm
    Tuesday, March 10: 11-2pm
    Thursday, March 12: 11-2pm
    Saturday, March 14: 11-6pm

  • Gallery Representation

    I am so thrilled to be working with J. Rinehart Gallery. She is amazing.

    Introductory Show...

    In New Additions, we welcome Lesley Frenz, Emily Gherard and Saya Moriyasu to the gallery as an extension of our Introductions exhibition. On view November 16 – December 21, 2019.

  • Interview on Podcast, Beyond the Studio.

    Emily on how being a parent has helped her become a better artist, be more strategic, and solve the time and money equation, how she resists jealousy on social media, and connecting over shared vulnerabilities.

  • 2019 Neddy at Cornish Painting Finalist

    It was my great honor to be a Neddy Finalist again. I love the way the video came out.

    This video was filmed and produced by Matt Scholz, and interviews conducted by Juan A. Franco Ricardo, 2019 Exhibition Curator

    Video Transcript
    (Music Intro, Bouncy Bass)

  • Deeper Than the Wall at Bridge Productions

    SATURDAY 7 & 14 JULY 12-7PM

    Please join us throughout the day for a tightly curated selection of work from intimate drawing, printmaking, and collage to large-scale paintings. Each artist exhibiting embodies the laborious process of accretion, excavation, and labor that goes deeper than the wall to reveal entire new worlds, hidden layers, accumulation, and cartography. This exhibition offers up an opportunity to see a few new pieces alongside previous work by Emily Gherard, and to introduce a few exciting new paintings and collage in anticipation of our fall exhibitions with Sue Danielson and Kim Van Someren.

  • It All Burns at Bridge Productions


    My second solo show at Bridge Productions.

  • Interview with Seattle Art Fair

    I had a great visit with Seattle Art Fair crew, which they posted on their blog. I am very excited for this years Seattle Art Fair. I will be there with Bridge Productions.

  • Review of my show Making Presence Known in Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Art Ltd. Magazine

    Amanda Manitach wrote a beautiful review of my November show at Bridge Productions Gallery!

  • Review in the Stranger
    Deeply moved to be features along side many other fantastic shows currently up in Seattle in Jen Graves article Art After Trump

  • Making Presence Known
    Solo show at Bridge Productions Gallery in Seattle WA
    9 November- 3 December
    Opening Reception 12 November

    A Catalogue of the show is available through Bridge Productions Gallery

  • Exciting News
    I am very pleased to announce that I am now represented by Bridge Productions, Seattle Wa.

    Along with a Julie Alpert, Tim Cross, Sue Danielson, Dave Kennedy and Kat Larson.

  • Review in the Seattle Times
    Gary Faigin wrote a lovely review of Brian and my show at i.e gallery

  • Emily Gherard and Brian Cypher at i.e. gallery

    i.e. gallery
    5800 Cains Court
    Edison WA 98232

    August 28th-October 4th 2015

    Opening Reception Sunday August 30th, 2-5pm

  • Drawn to Scale a Group Exhibition

    Studio e Gallery
    August 8th-September 5th 2015
    Opening Reception August 8th, 6-9pm

    Brian Cypher
    Sue Danielson
    Warren Dyeman
    Emily Gherard
    Robert Hardgrave

  • Off to Wyoming for Jentel Artist Residency Program

    I will be at the Jentel Artist Residency from June 15th- July 13th!

  • GAP GRANT!!!!!!!

    After years of applying I am thrilled to received a Gap Grant from Artist Trust.

  • Until the Well Runs Dry at Calypte Gallery

    One day show at Calypte Gallery
    April 9th: Opening and Closing Reception from 5:30- 9:30

  • The Duwamish Residency: Process and Artifacts at Gallery 4Culture
    March 5 – March 26, 2015
    Opening: 1st Thursday, March 5, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM

    The Duwamish Residency: Process and Artifacts is a group exhibition featuring twelve notable local artists who together comprise the Duwamish Artist Residency. Since summer 2012, these artists have gathered together to learn, experience and create along the shores of the Duwamish River. Guest curated by Sharon Arnold, this exhibition offers a beautifully distilled collection of visual interpretations of the river and its environs.

    More more information

  • from IT IS CALLED JOY at Violet Strays

    A collaboration of poetry and drawings by writer CL Young and visual artist Emily Gherard on view January 16 - 29, 2015 at the online gallery Violet Strays.

    Violet Strays is an online exhibition space co-founded and curated by artist, Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno.

    Each exhibition on Violet Strays is created specifically and exclusively for the Violet Strays site and is on display for two weeks. At the end of the exhibition, the work is removed from the site entirely. As in a physical gallery, one must see the show during its duration.

  • The Intimate Humanness of Rocks and Walls: Q and A with Emily Gherard an interview with Erin Langer

    Erin somehow made my ramblings sound coherent in this interview she did for New American Paintings.

  • Participating in the Pecha Kucha talk at the MoNA called Look Here

    Friday, February 20th, 6-8pm at the Museum of Northwest Art

  • Makers Podcast

    I am supper excited and honored to have had the chance to chat with David Hytone for his Makers Podcast

    You can here our two part conversation in Episode 5 and Episode 7


    Opening Reception:
    Thursday, October 9, 2014 -- 6pm to 9pm
    On display: Oct 9 - Nov 8, 2014

    For more information

  • To Be Alone Together at Museum of Northwest Art

    Exhibition Date: October 4, 2014 to January 4, 2015
    Reception Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
    Curator(s): Shelly Leavens
    Emma Jane Levitt
    To Be Alone Together is an exhibition co-curated by artist Emma Jane Levitt and curator Shelly Leavens, through the Dana and Toni Ann Rust Curatorial Fellowship at MoNA. The exhibition pairs eleven contemporary Northwest artists with eleven works from the MoNA's permanent collection. The contemporary artists will be asked to respond to a chosen piece in the collection and to create new work based on that response.

    Artists: Nathan Braunfeld, Paul Horiuchi; Emily Gherard, Mark Tobey; Aaron Haba, Clayton James; Allyson Klutenkamper, Mary Randlett; Paul Komada, Doris Chase; Emma Jane Levitt, Jeremy Lepisto; Tomo Nakayama, Leo Kenney; Wendy Orville, Norie Sato; Michelle Peñaloza, Barbara Straker James; Clyde Petersen, Wesley Wehr; Joe Freeman, Michael Spafford

  • Five Nights of Genius - Visual Art Showcase at the Frye Art Museum

    Hosted by Jen Graves, featuring Glenn Rudolph, Emily Gherard, C Davida Ingram

    Part of Five Nights of Genius, a series of conversations featuring every one of the nominees for the 2014 Stranger Genius Awards. Moderated by Stranger arts editors, these promise to be the best parties this summer!

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    5:30 - 8:15 pm

    Get Tickets here

  • Stranger 2014 Genius Award Nominee in Art

    I am shocked to be one of this years Stranger Genius Nominees!

    Here is an article that Jen Graves wrote about each of the three nominees in art.

  • Panel Discussion at University of Puget Sound: "What Makes its Presence Known: Emily Gherard, Helen O'Toole, and Josephine Halvorson

    Professor Elise Richman will moderate this panel discussion with local painters Emily Gherard, Helen O’Toole, and visiting artist in residence Josephine Halvorson. The artists will discuss how memory, tactility, and empathy, inform the layered, distinctly time-based process of painting.

    March 26th
    University of Puget Sound, Trimble Forum

  • Top 10 Works of Art
    Thrilled with this mention in The Stranger

  • Incommensurable Things
    Russell Day Gallery, Everett, WA
    Two person show with Stephanie Peirce and Emily Gherard
    September 25- October 25th 2013

  • Duwamish River Artist Residency Show at NSCC

    Group Show at North Seattle Community College: 9600 College Way North

    Ethan Bickel, Chris Crites, Sue Danielson, Linda Davidson, Jessica Dodge, Emily Gherard, Robert Hardgrave, David Kane, Steve MacFarlane, Gene Gentry McMahon, Fiona McGuigan, and Juliet Shen.

  • Wherever Green Is Worn
    New Drawings by Emily Gherard
    Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle WA
    Upstairs Gallery

    Sept 19th-Oct 12

    Opening Reception
    September 22nd

  • Interview with Joey Veltkamp for the 2013 Neddy at Cornish, made by the The Reel Grrls

    Watch Video Here

  • Neddy at Cornish 2013 Finalists

    The four finalists for the 2013 Neddy in Painting are Emily Gherard, Seattle, WA; Andrea Heimer, Ferndale, WA; Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, WA; and Robert Yoder, Seattle, WA.

    The four finalists for the Neddy in Open Medium (any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts) are Julie Alpert, Seattle, WA; Victoria Haven, Seattle, WA; Jack Daws, Seattle, WA; and Dan Webb, Seattle, WA

    All finalists will participate in studio visits by an arts professional from outside the region, who will determine the 2013 awardees. Two of the artists, one in each category, will receive the 2013 Neddy at Cornish unrestricted awards of $25,000 each.

    All finalists will receive $1,000 each and participate in the 2013 Neddy at Cornish exhibition, September 4 through October 19, 2013, in the Main Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts.

    The 2013 Neddy at Cornish finalists were chosen by a panel of three arts professionals, Luis Croquer, Davida Ingram and Adam Sorenson.

  • Tenses of Landscape
    Group show at Fine Arts Center Gallery, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AK.
    September 27th through November 2nd 2012

  • Duwamish Art Residency 2012
    Eight day art residency along the Duwamish River in Seattle, WA.

    Participating Artists: Ethan Bickel, Sue Danielson, Linda Davidson, Jessica Dodge, Emily Gherard, Robert Hardgrave, David Kane, Steve Macfarlane, Fiona McGuigan, and Gene Gentry McMahon

  • New Work by Emily Gherard
    Francine Seders Gallery
    6701 Greenwood Avenue North
    Seattle, WA 98103

    February 10 - March 4, 2012
    Opening Reception: Sunday, February 12, 2-4 pm

    Shircliff Gallery
    Vincennes University, Vincennes IN
    September 2011

    A group show featuring the work of Emily Gherard, Abe Storer, Erika Hess, John Berry and Aron Wehr.