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Emily Shepard

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My work is about connection and communication. I construct my art from surfaces on which I’ve painted, marked, or drawn. I then cut out or “harvest” elements that seem most alive, that have an emotional honesty to them. These are the raw materials from which I build collages and assemble paintings. I look for unexpected relationships and poetic through lines. The marks and elements are players, in dialogue with one another.

I often use found paper from accounting ledgers, antique encyclopedias, flash cards, or index cards. I’m drawn to these sources for the authority or structure they imply, which I push against. My work offers instead an internal way to understand what is known, and to reflect on being present and embodied.

Text and letterforms interest me. My goal is to abstract them, to have their form disintegrate into merely a shape, divorced from it’s prior life. Elements of communication are reduced to rubble, and gestural marks stand in for words, existing below the surface of complete comprehension, like hearing a muttered phrase but unable to decipher its meaning, or misinterpreting the intent.





Strictly Abstract (online exhibit)

Juror: Anthony Meier

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley CA


Monochrome Explored (online exhibit)

Juror: Tess Thackara

Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY





Women Artists Making Their Mark (online exhibit)

Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts , Mill Valley, CA


Mixing it Up with Mixed Media

Juror: Susan Press

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA


Seen & Imagined

Juror: Jeremy Morgan

Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA


Winter Invitational Show

Invited by Michael Friedland & Susan Press

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA


Objects of Agency (online exhibit)

Juror: Sonja Czekalski, Gallery Director

Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI





Small Works III

Juror: Julie Farstad

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition


Above + Below

Juror: Jennifer Perlmutter

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition



Juror: Jen Tough

Artsy.net and Artist Alliance Exhibition


56th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show

Juror: Sharon Kopriva

Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX


Your True Colors

Juror: Nicholas Wilton

Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA





Director’s Invitational Exhibition of Mixed Media

Invited by Michael Friedland

Corte Madera Community Center, Corte Madera, CA


The State of Contemporary Drawing

Juror: Bob Swearengin

Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO


Summer Open Juried Show

Juror: Michael Friedland

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA


A Moment of Reflection

Juror: Emebet Korn, owner/curator of Desta Gallery

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA





National Juried Exhibition

Jurors: Marc D’Estout & Suzanne Gray

ACCI Gallery, Berkeley CA


Out of the Blue

Juror: Ruth Braunstein

Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA





Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition

Juror: Michael Duncan 

Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA


AB 25/Collective Memories

Curators: Mark Eanes and Hedi Desuyo 

Arts Benicia, Benicia CA





CCASee (Alumni Exhibition)

Jurors: Stephen Oliver & Dale Lanzone

Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland CA


1 in 30 Gallery Group Show 

Curator: Michaela Peters

1 in 30 Gallery, San Francisco, CA





Arts on Fire VI

Juror: Renny Pritkin

Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

(Received Artist Merit Award)


In Other Words

Juror: Patt Morrison

The Second City Council, Long Beach CA


Pieces: Collage/Assemblage

Juror: Inez Storer

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA

(Received Coordinators Award)





Postcard Show

Four Walls Gallery, San Francisco CA






Benicia Center Gallery, Benicia CA





Faculty Exhibition

California State Summer School for the Arts

Cal Arts, Valencia, CA





MFA Group Show

Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland CA


CCA Annual Awards Exhibition

Barclay Simpson Gallery, Lafayette, CA



With the Earth

Gallery Route 1

Point Reyes, CA



Faculty Exhibition

California State Summer School for the Arts

Cal State Fresno, Fresno CA





This Space

Gallery Here, Oakland CA



Bay Area Book Arts

Irwin Student Center Galleries,

CCA, Oakland CA



Peripheral Vision (MFA Solo Show)

Door 3 Gallery, Oakland CA





CCAC at Mills

Mills College Library, Oakland CA



Honors and Awards

Barclay Simpson Scholarship


 Master of Fine Arts, with Distinction

California College of the Arts, Oakland CA


1983 Bachelor of Arts, History

Middlebury College, Middlebury VT



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Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt