k e t t n e r . e m @ g m a i l . c o m

b. 1988, melrose park, pa

artsy harpy 


2012 - 2014  School of the Art Institute of Chicago: MFA in Painting/Drawing
2007 - 2011  The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA: BFA in Fine Arts: Painting/Drawing; Minor in History of the Visual Arts


2019 Recipient of The Alliance of Artists Communities 2019-2020 Diversity + Leadership Fellowship, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation
2019 A.I.R. and disability consultant, Chalk Hill Artist Residency funded by NIAD, Healdsburg, CA
2017  MIUSA Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), San Francisco, CA
2016  A.I.R., AZULE Residency, Asheville, NC
2015  A.I.R., CAMP (Collaborative Arts Mobility Project) Residency, Hardwick, VT
2014  Fall Painting and Drawing Teaching Fellowship: Drawing Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2012 - 2014  Writing Fellowship TA position for duration of Master's degree program
2012 - 2014 SAIC Grant
2011 The Ted Carey Prize
        The Steve Jaffe Award in Drawing
        The Novelli Award
        The Larry Day Memorial Award
        The Marguerite and Otis Walter Scholarship for Excellence in Art History


2019 “Corporeal Forms” with Claire Ashley, Rare Visions, Boulder, CO
2019 “Twisted Sister: Maria Guzman-Capron + Em Kettner.” Massman Gallery, Oakland, CA
2018  "The Eternal Worm." Solo exhibition, HARPY, Rutherford, NJ
2017  "Phantom Limb." Solo exhibition, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2016  "Talisman: Em Kettner & Jessie Mott." Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL


2019 “Animal Idealism.” HARPY, Rutherford, NJ
2019 “Siblings.” Siblings, Chicago, IL
2019 “No Place Like." Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
2018 “Limited Time Engagement: Templates for Public Art Vol. 1” organized by Kate Conlon + Boyang Hou. Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL      
2018 “Greenpoint Group Show.” with Harpy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018  "Up like a sun, down like a pancake." organized by Kelly Lloyd, ICA Baltimore, MD
2018 “Pocket Object.” Traveling Exhibition: Elephant Gallery, Nashville, TN; Tusk, Chicago, IL; JuiceBox Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Kamihara, Philadelphia, PA
2018  "One Last One." Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017  "Welcome Blanket." Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017  "Figured Out! Bodily Form in Contemporary Ceramics." Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017  "LTD Wear 2." LVL 3 Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017  "World Town." Prairie Production, Chicago, IL
2017  "Close to Me." Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL
2017  "--on the bank of what river?" drawings by five artists, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016  "Em Kettner, Ryan Travis Christian, Kyle Breitenbach." HARPY, Rutherford, NJ
2016  "Neutral Mask: Em Kettner, Andy Moore, Oriana Weich." Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2016  "Object Puzzles." Tusk, Chicago, IL
2016  "Pliocene Park." Site Red, Chicago, IL
2016  "How High." Left Field SLO, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016  "DisFigure." Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA
2016  "Analog RAM: the Return of Active Memory." The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago, IL
2014  "Talking to the Animals." MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
2014  "Sexy Can I: 8 Failed and Successful Romances." curated by Third Object, 2FR, Chicago, IL
2013  "Digital Comics." Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2013  "Wilder Than Us." SAIC, Chicago, IL
2011  "Painting Printmaking Sculpture." The Icebox, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2011  "HIVE/CAVE." Pageant/Soleveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


2017  "Expo Chicago." with Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2017 “Comic Arts Brookyln.” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2017  "Chicago Art Book Fair." with Fernwey Editions, CAA, Chicago, IL
2017  "Cincinnati Art Book Fair." Hoffner/Northside, Cincinnati, OH
2017  "Julius Caesar Benefit." Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
2017  "Win Win." Clif Bar, Emeryville, CA


2017 - present Visual Arts Instructor in Ceramics, Fibers, + Painting/Drawing, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2019 - present Exhibitions Assistant, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2014 - 2018  Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL. Courses Taught:

  • Studio Drawing A: Multi-Level, Painting and Drawing department

  • Studio Painting A: Multi-Level, Painting and Drawing department

  • Drawing Institute: Advanced Summer Residency with Diego Leclery + Eric Lebofsky, Painting and Drawing department

  • Research Studio 1, Contemporary Practices department

  • First Year Writing Seminar 1, Liberal Arts Department

  • First Year Writing Seminar 2, Liberal Arts Department

2016  Private Tutor for Maud Lavin's graduate ARTHIST/VCS 5060 001: Heterosexualities in Art and Mass Culture, Chicago, IL
2012 - 2014  Writing Fellow TA, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2014  TA for Anne Harris, Studio Drawing: Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2013  TA for Mary Lou Zelazny, Studio Painting: Multi-Level, SAIC, Chicago, IL


2018  Curator Lecture for "Cyrano," NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA
2017  Artist Lecture for Drawing Institute: Summer Residency, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2017  Artist Lecture for "Phantom Limb," NIAD, Richmond, CA
2014 - 2017  Faculty Panelist on end-of-semester graduate critiques at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2016  Artist Lecture at Azule Residency, Asheville, NC
2015  Presenter at Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, Soapbox Lecture Series, Topic: Desire, "Get Up and Walk: Mythology and Myopathy."
2015  Visiting Artist Lecturer at SAIC for Drawing Studio: Multi-Level taught by Gulsah Mursaloglu
2015  Panelist at Julius Caesar Gallery, "Ethan Gill: Mean on Sunday." Chicago, IL
2014  Visiting Artist Lecturer at DePaul University for Intermediate Drawing taught by Matthew Girson
2014  Visiting Artist Lecturer at SAIC for graduate level ARTHIST "Extraordinary Bodies" taught by Bess Williamson


  • "Cyrano" NIAD Art Center, March 14th, 2018

  • "Tailbone" Fernwey Gallery, Fernwey Editions, November 4th, 2016.

  • "Em Kettner on the work of Nick Schutzenhofer." Fernwey Gallery, Fernwey Editions, October 24th, 2014. http://fernwey.com/em-kettner-on-nick-schutzenhofer/

  • "Marilyn Holsing: Further Tales of Young Marie Antoinette at Gallery Joe." Title Magazine, December 21st, 2011

  • "Things that Do at Fleisher/Ollman" Title Magazine, November 30th, 2011

  • "Elemental Matters at the Chemical History Foundation." Title Magazine, November 5th, 2011


  • “The Pythia” Art Maze Mag, Issue 9, Editorial Selection, September, 2018

  • Kate Mothes, "Interview with Em Kettner." Young-Space, February 22nd, 2017. https://www.yngspc.com/artists/2017/02/em-kettner/

  • Jessica Campbell, "Talisman: on the work of Em Kettner and Jessie Mott," Fernwey Gallery, November 1st, 2016. http://www.fernwey.com/talisman

  • Denise Bennett, “In Conversation with Em Kettner and Denise Bennett” SAIC MFA 2014 website, April 18th, 2014.  http://saic-mfa.com/2014/in-conversation-with-em-kettner-and-denise-bennett/

  • “Night Mare” Edge Magazine, The University of the Arts, 2012

⁘ photos from 2018 shot by Jason Rusnock