Emma Duehr

Emma Duehr (b.1995) is a project-based artist, educator, and curator living and working in Portland, OR.

Her work is invested in social engagement, activism, and material specificity. Her work facilitates discussions, collaborations, and creativity using the worldwide web, educational settings, and city sidewalks. Her work is a platform for intimate exchange through gardening, craft, and dialogue. She has maintained a multi-disciplinary artistic career for nearly 10 years and her projects have attained International participation.

She is the founder and Curator at The Portland Conservatory. Artist Mentor at KSMoCA. Founder and creator of Talking Tushies. Professor of Introduction to Sculpture within Portland State University’s School of Art and Design. Co-Editor of the SoFA Journal. & ATraveling Bartender-in-Residence.

She has been awarded for her pursuits by Portland State University with the School of Art and Design Scholarship and the Art and Design Gloria Weir Melgard Award and the Fine Arts Division Meneve Dunham Award from Clarke University. 

Duehr is in her third year of pursuing her MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University.

Talking Tushies is an ongoing project started in 2018 created to protest sexual violence in daily settings. Women are statistically safer on the street than they are in their homes. I hand-embroider patches which state various sexual assault statistics which cover various ages, genders, and situations. These patches are made to be sewn onto the back pocket of pants to use our bodies and clothing as a public platform. Participants have ranged across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa.

The Portland Conservatory is an Art Museum which presents collections of houseplants and hosts permaculture and horticulture education. The museum is located at my home in East Portland and is accessed by appointment only. The space features a 769 sq ft conservatory upon a 7,000 sqft lot. I collect and curate plant cuttings by organizing open calls, studio visits, and invitations which request plants that hold personal symbolism, relationships, or narratives specific to the individuals who submitted them. Participants range in location across the U.S.A as the evolving collection displays galleries inside, outdoors, and online. The museum hosts public events such as gardening classes, workshops, and plant exchanges that invite participation through virtual platforms, physical events, and through the mail.