Emily Rich is an artist who has long been one of our most committed postmodern exponents of the Abstract Expressionist ethos. She is a consummate painter, capable of creating real excitement through her ability to manipulate impastos and fill her compositions with a sense of life and movement. Rich has an exquisite sense of color and also possesses great ability in drawing due to her early career as a fashion illustrator.
Rich works in a variety of media and is also a photographer who has curated many shows. In her own photography Rich reveals her painterly nature employing double exposure to dynamic effect with overlapping images. Rich's lively layering in her photographs is very close, in fact, to the way she handles space in her energetic gestural paintings.
2003 First Prize for Watermedia, Pen & Brush Regional Juried Art Exhibition, NY for her painting titled "Virtual City"
2000 First Place "Excellence in Color Award" Annual Juried Photography Show Belleport Lane Gallery, Belleport, NY
2002 Richart Chocolat Gallery, NY, paintings
2001 Jefferson Market Library, Greenwich Village, NY, 27 paintings and photographs
2000 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY, paintings on paper
1998 Bachue Restaurant, NY, paintings and photographs
1996 Marylou's Restaurant, NY, paintings
2003 Pen & Brush, NY, Regional Art Exhibit, Juried
2003 Broadway Mall Gallery, NY, Drawing the Source, Curator
2002 Cork Gallery, NY, Juried (paintings)
2001 West Side Arts Coalition, Variations on Abstraction, Curator
2000 Broome St. Gallery, NY, Womaon in the Arts, Juried
1999 Ossining Arts Council, Ossining, NY, Juried
1998 West Side Arts Coalition, NY, Small Works, Curator
1998 New Century Arts Gallery, NY, Juried (paintings)
1998 Broadway Mall Gallery, NY, Nature Redefined (watercolors)
1998 Broadway Mall Gallery, NY, Abstract 98 (paintings)
1996 Lever House Gallery, NY, Juried (photographs)
1996 Salmagundi Club, NY, Juried (photographs)
1996 Ingbar Gallery, NY, Juried (photographs)
1995 Belleport Lane Gallery, Belleport, NY, Juried (photographs)
1995 Saltaire Art Festival, Fire Island, NY (paintings)
1995 Catskill Art Society, Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY
Art Students League, NY (Painting, Bruce Dorfman, Fred Wong)
Parsons School of Design, NY (Painting, Minoru Kawabata)
School of Visual Arts, NY (Drawing, Jack Potter)
School of Art & Design, NY (Fashion Illustration)
Emily Rich teaches classes at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and at the Caring Community Center. She also teaches watercolor classes at her studio in New York.Currently,
Emily Rich has a one person exhibit of eight large paintings and collages in a lobby show in a Manhattan condominium building at 200 East 36th Street until March 13, 2009.