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Emily Silver, Associate Art Faculty, Eureka Campus

What do you love most about teaching at CR?
CR students are interesting and diverse, full of desire to learn new ways to express themselves and enlarge their world. I love the students and I love working with them to expand the ways they perceive and speak out about their experiences, ideas, understanding of the past, and visions for the future. Sharing the joy of art making is a privilege; it enriches my life and drives me forward.

What do you love most about your discipline?
I'm passionate about drawing and painting as ways to process experience. I especially love watercolor; water and earth are elements we all understand intrinsically. My studio is basically a laboratory where I experiment with what's possible and, in the results, recognize a language I can use to express and describe ephemeral sensations and perceptions experienced walking in the desert, my other passion. 

Professor Silver has taught Watercolor, Drawing, and Intro to Art at College of the Redwoods since 2007. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, she earned her MFA in Painting at San Francisco Art Institute (2007) where she focused on developing a painting language to describe walking and land-based perceptual experiences in the desert. Her exhibition history includes solo shows at The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas (2010), The Painting Center in New York (2002), Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, California (2000), and Fort Mason in San Francisco (1978). Recently she curated 'Sum of the Parts' at College of the Redwoods Art Gallery (2013); other curatorial work includes ?Nine Square Grid? at San Francisco Art Institute (2005), and ?Cairns, Quilts, Contact: Women Artists of the West? at Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka, California (1999). Silver?s honors include Best of Show at Morris Graves Museum of Art (2010), a Cadogan Fellowship from San Francisco Foundation (2006), a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship (2005), Wolf Kahn Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2003), Project Grants from the North Coast Cultural Trust (2000 & 2003) in Eureka, California, and an Artist Grant from Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno (1995). In 2013 she was invited to serve on the board of directors of Humboldt Arts Council. Silver currently lives and maintains a studio in Ferndale, spending as much time as possible in Nevada, the source of her inspiration.

Images of her work can be viewed at http://emilysilver.com/.