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Emily Salisbury, Studio Artist

Emily Salisbury was born in North Platte, Nebraska, in 1999, and grew up in Holdrege, Nebraska. She currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she attends University of Nebraska-Lincoln for an anticipated BFA in studio art. She was recently selected to exhibit prints in the 31st Annual Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has exhibited paintings at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. While in high school, Emily was chosen to exhibit paintings at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska and hosted a senior art show, which showcased the culmination of her work throughout her time at Holdrege High School.


Emily is passionate about printmaking because it can combine several artistic processes, such as digital art, line drawing, color theory, and painting. For Emily, printmaking is a natural, organic process of creating art, which is sometimes lost in line drawing or other mediums.


Personal and interpretive in nature, Emily’s artistic philosophy focuses on art as a universal language, through which she can convey how she or someone else feels. Successful art evokes emotion or conveys a message, a process which Emily employs to shed light on social issues she values and start a conversation to promote social change. She feels Lincoln provides the optimal setting for her to develop socially-oriented artwork, because of the community’s progressive attitudes and immense support for the arts.


In addition to her art studies, Emily serves as an Honors Program Peer Mentor Leader and on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through these activities, she builds relationships and fosters personal connections which fuel her artwork. Emily hopes to inspire the next generation of artists by pursuing a career in teaching art in conjunction with building her own artistic career.

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