Assembly 2021

Emma Duehr’s Graduate Lecture

Tuesday June 10, 3pm PST
A Graduate Lecture by Emma Duehr

During Emma Duehr ’s graduate lecture, she will tell a story about her art practice where her curiosity began as a toddler in Dubuque, Iowa. She will discuss a series of projects that explore the intersection of public and private spaces which examine personal and collective value.

She will discuss her work at People’s Plant Museum and the launch of ‘The Inaugural Set of People’s Plant Stories;’ the Talking Tushies project; her emerging project of House Exhibits; and the personal experience and influences for each of the projects. 

Emma Duehr Mitchell is an artist, educator, and curator living and working in Portland, Oregon. She works with collective storytelling, notion of care, and exchange through domestic practices such as gardening, craft, and mail. Addressing themes of the everyday, her work examines the intersection of public and private spaces, personal and collective value, and what it means to be qualified. 

Emma is the founder and curator of People’s Plant Museum, which celebrates the relationships between plants and people through a living collection and digital archive. She is the organizer of Talking Tushies, a project that embroiders sexual violence statistics on cloth patches and invites survivors around the world to share their experiences through writing on the project website. Her Homes for Homes project creates memorial drawings of residential buildings and archives their value through interviews with past residents. She teaches at Portland State University and is an Artist Mentor at King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA). Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Africa, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and within the United States. 

Emma is in her final term in the MFA Art and Social Practice Program at Portland State University.