Emma Duehr (b.1995) is a project-based artist and educator 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. Editor of the SoFA Journal. Artist-in-Residence at Bairds on B Bar and Grill.
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 second year of pursuing her MFA in Art and Social Practice at Portland State University.
Women are statistically safer on the street than they are in their homes. Talking Tushies is an ongoing project started in 2018 created to protest sexual violence in daily settings. 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 platform for civic engagement. Participants have ranged across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa.
The Portland Conservatory is a contemporary art museum which presents collections of houseplants and horticulture education. Located at 35 NE 128th Ave in Portland, Oregon. The lot is 7000 sqft with 795 sqft being the indoor spaces. Inside and out, my home is a site for facilitating plant and garden tutorials and workshops, plant exchanges, and displaying various curated collections.