Emma Safir

EMMA SAFIR (b. 1990) is a New York-born and based artist. Safir holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting & Printmaking. She has had solo exhibitions at Baxter St at CCNY, SHIN HAUS at Shin Gallery, and Bunker Projects; and has participated in group shows at Shulamit Nazarian, Ryan Lee, and Lyles & King, among others.


Curriculum Vitae
  • Education

    • 2021

      MFA in Painting & Printmaking

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • 2012

      BFA in Printmaking

      Rhode Island School of Design

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2023

      Modern Prometheus presented by Baxter Street at CCNY

      Photofairs, New York, NY

    • Fabric of my Affectionate Memory

      Houseguest Gallery, Louisville, KY

    • peripeteia

      Blade Study, New York, NY

    • Glitches and Veils curated by Sally Eaves Hughes

      Baxter Street at CCNY, New York, NY

    • 2021

      September at SHIN HAUS curated by Sally Eaves Hughes

      SHIN HAUS at Shin Gallery, New York, NY

    • 2018

      Press curated by Gerardo Madera and Nicholas Weltyk

      Gallery Co.Co., Brooklyn, NY

    • 2017

      Picture Planes

      Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

    • Moire curated by Sarah G. Park

      The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY

  • Group Exhibitions

    • 2023

      NOW: As a Consequence of Fact curated by Parker Daley Garcia

      Pen & Brush, New York, NY

    • Trodden Path

      Hesse Flatow East, Amagansett, NY

    • Genius Loci curated by José Chavez - Verduzco

      Charles Moffett Gallery, Manhattan, NY

    • digital slip curated by Kelly Clare

      A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton MA

    • Plate a Weed curated by Francesca Altamura

      Jack Barrett Gallery, New York, NY

    • 2022

      (un)Timely Untethered Pt. 2 curated by Bruno Smith

      2022 Ki Smith Gallery, New York, NY

    • ritual being curated by Martine Gutierrez

      Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY

    • Midnight Murmurs

      Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA

    • Liminality, AiR Annual Exhibition

      Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

    • Gnaw curated by Anna Stothart

      Heroes Gallery, Manhattan NY,

    • 2021

      Direct Message curated by Preston Douglas

      TW Fine Art, Brooklyn NY

    • illusions and other protective spells curated by Christine Pfister

      Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia PA

    • In Praise of Shadows curated by Ebony L. Hayne

      Lyles & King, Manhattan NY

    • In Praise of Shadows curated by Ebony L. Haynes

      2021 Yale School of Art, New Haven CT,

    • 2020

      This Time We Know Each Other

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • 2019

      We Don’t Really Know Each Other

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • 2018

      Elastic Behavior curated by Memory Foam

      The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2017

      Unfurnished curated by Erin Hayden

      Demo Project, Springfield, IL

    • 2016

      Vistas

      Project Space / Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada,

    • Ink, Press, Repeat juried by Phil Sanders

      University Galleries at William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ

    • Artist’s Annual Exhibition curated by Kala Art Institute

      Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

  • Residencies

    • 2023

      Artist in Residence

      Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA

    • Artist in Residence

      Macedonia Institute, Chatham, NY

    • 2022

      Keyholder Residency

      Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan, NY

    • Resident

      Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, Manhattan, NY

    • Artist in Residence

      Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2017

      Artist in Residence

      Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

    • 2016

      Artist in Residence

      Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada

    • Artist in residence

      Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

    • 2015

      Artist in Residence

      Intercambiador ACART, Madrid, Spain

  • Awards

    • 2023

      Inaugural 21c Acquisition Prize, Special Project with Baxter St at CCNY

      Photofairs, Manhattan NY,

    • Scholarship

      Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2022

      Curatorial Open Call, Glitches and Veils, curated by Sally Eaves Hughes

      Baxter St at CCNY, Manhattan, NY

    • Summer Paper Institute Scholarship

      Dieu Donné, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2021

      YSoA x Hundreds Post Graduate Fellowship

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • Helen Watson Winternitz Award in Recognition of an Outstanding Student in Painting & Printmaking

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • Student Marshal on Behalf of the Class of ‘21

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • Teaching Assistantship, The Work of Art in the Age of ___, Revisited taught by Cassandra Guan

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • 2020

      Teaching Assistantship, Color Practice taught by Anoka Faruqee

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • Critical Practice Grant

      Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

    • 2016

      Flair Foundation Artist Award

      Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada

  • Special Projects

    • 2023

      Commission for Meta curated by Andrew Gardner

      Meta, New York, NY

    • 2022

      Commission for LinkedIn curated by Francesca Altamura

      LinkedIn, New York, NY

    • 2021

      Sounds Beach Towel Collaboration

      Sounds, New York, NY

  • Lectures & Workshops

    • 2023

      Photography & Materiality in conversation with Jil Weinstock and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

      Photofairs, New York, NY

    • KMAC Contemporary Art Museum, Louisville, KY

      Artist Talk with Megan Bickel facilitated by Houseguest Gallery

    • Artist Lecture for course taught by Tamen Pérez

      Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2022

      Artist Talk presenting on LinkedIn Empire State Building Commission

      Open Forum, Manhattan, NY

    • Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program Symposium, in conversation with Meleko Mokgozi and Cassandra Guan, also featuring Natalie Frate, Alexandra Iglesia, Iris Ward Loughran, Katy Pinke, Alicia Riccio, Emma Safir, and Ambika Trasi

      Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY,

    • Cyborgs and Demigods, in collaboration with Sydney Shavers

      Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, New York, NY

    • Conversation with Ebony L. Haynes, Sally Eaves Hughes

      Baxter Street at CCNY, New York, NY

    • Digitally Real workshop with Luiza Dale

      Baxter Street at CCNY, New York, NY

    • Artist Lecture for collage course taught by Troy Michie

      Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

    • 2021

      Art History Department, Intermediality between Painting and Photography, taught by Susan Sidlauskas and Andrés Zervigón

      Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

    • 2020

      ART@COVID.EDU: Studio Art MFAs and the Cost of Remote Learning

      CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

    • 2015

      CES Felipe Segundo

      Centro de Estudios Superiores, Aranjuez, Spain

    • Complutense Universidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

      Works in Progress, October 19, 2015

  • Publication

  • Press