Emmy Bright, short hair, glasses

Emmy Bright

CVAD welcomes artist Emmy Bright for the Spring 2023 exhibition

"Bummer Pervert"
March 21–July 1, 2023
CVAD Gallery, UNT Art Building, Room 160

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: Noon–5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday-Monday: Closed

Emmy Bright is an artist in residence and head of the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Working with drawing, writing, print and performance, Bright investigates the problems of connection and boundaries.

Bright says she creates performances, drawings, prints, and zines that merge high theory, pop songs, psychoanalysis, comedy, art history and philosophy. Disciplinary language can conscript us into certain ways of thinking, but it can also be undone and used against itself. "My practice is about undoing, compelling systemic logic to attack itself. I champion the stupid, the wrong, and the failed narrative; I make comparisons that fall apart and diagrams that try to explain but instead contain their own undoing. She works to upend normative good sense to find something more complex, gnarly and real.

Bright received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, Ill., an M.Ed from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and an M.F.A. in print media from the Cranbrook Academic of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Bright has had fellowships to the Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Mich., and the New Urban Arts, Providence, R.I. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, also in Providence, City College New York in New York City, and has been a visiting artist for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., Brown University, Providence, and the Museum of Art at RISD. She has produced commissioned projects for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass., and Brown University. Represented by the David Klein Gallery in Detroit.


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