Emily Moorhead is an art and artist advocate in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a BFA in Studio Sculpture from Miami University of Ohio and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Moorhead and her husband, J. Taylor Wallace, combine construction experience and design expertise in rehabilitating their turn-of-the-century brick home on Chicago’s Southside. Moorhead’s work is exhibited nationally, predominately showing in the central U.S. She has been a featured lecturer at various institutions including Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois among many others. She has been an artist in residence at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, FugScreens in Chicago, Illinois, and the Springer School & Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, Moorhead is the Board of Directors President for Chicago Sculpture International, a non-profit organization devoted to championing sculptors and the creation of sculpture through public exhibitions and programming.

Emily Moorhead


Masters of Fine Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, 2010

Bachelors of Fine Arts: Studio Sculpture, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2008


Solo Exhibitions

Rooftop Installation, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL 2014

Natural Logic, Spiva Art Gallery, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, 2013

Emily Moorhead, Bliss Hall Gallery, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, 2012 (gallery lecturer)

Game: A Natural Resource, The University City Public Library gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2012

Natural Logic, Fabricate Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2011

The Sport of Ecology, Johnston Hall Galleria, Miami University of Ohio, Middletown, OH, 2011 (gallery lecturer)

Manifest Destiny: A Letter to Ely Luther Smith, Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2009

American Patriotic, Danforth University Center Commons, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2008


Select Group and Juried Exhibitions

99/1, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago, IL 2017

Re: Collections, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Tangles & Tangents, Hyper-Link Gallery, Zhou Brothers Art Center, Chicago, IL 2015

CSI Juried Exhibition, Wadsworth Family Gallery, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL 2014

Encampment: A F’art Collective Residency, I Am Logan Square, Chicago, IL 2014

Free D, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY 2013

Intersection: BMX/Sculpture, The Bakery, Chicago, IL 2013

The Wide Open, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013

The 99%, Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR, 2013

The Personal is Political, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines. IL, 2012

Rustic, UC Clermont College, Park National Bank Art Gallery, Batavia, OH (2 person show), 2012

Twenty in Their Twenties, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2012

Small Works Exhibition, ROY G BIV Emerging Artist Non-Profit Gallery, Columbus, OH, 2011

Preservation of the Bluegrass, Louisville Artists Syndicate,  Louisville Water Tower Main Hall Gallery, Louisville, KY , 2011

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Cox Fine Arts Building, Columbus, OH, 2011

Flora & Fauna, The 930 Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2011

FILM ART/ART FILM, The Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH, 2011 (invitational artist)

Time-Sensitive, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH, 2010 (gallery lecturer)

Art at the X, Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2010 (award of excellence)

MFA 2010 Satellite Show, Vernon Studios, St. Louis, MO, 2010

MFA 2010 Thesis Exhibition, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2010

Past Perfect, Present Tense, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2010

The Indecisive Moment, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2010

The Golden Woman, Koken Art Factory, St. Louis, MO, 2009 (invitational artist)

Be A Doll, Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2009

Team Art, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2009

D.O.A., Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, 2008

The St. Louis Arch Grounds/ Riverfront Interdisciplinary Student Design Charrette, American Institute of Architects, St. Louis, MO, 2008

Juxtaposed, Upstairs at the Greenwich, The Greenwich, Cincinnati, OH, 2008

Shuffle, B.F.A. Exhibition, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2008

The Library Project, Wertz Art and Architecture Library, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2008

I Love You Love Me, NKU Main Gallery, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, 2008

Interpretations of the Figure 2008, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2008

Chantaqua Exhibition, Space, Place, Life, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2008

Woman’s Art Club 114th Annual Juried Exhibition, WACC’s Pendleton Gallery, Pendleton Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007

43rd Annual Greater Hamilton Art Exhibition, Ann Ruder Bever Gallery, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH, 2007

Top Shelf Regional Undergraduate Competition, Upstairs at The Greenwich, The Greenwich, Cincinnati, OH, 2007 (Best in show)

Compassion Competition, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2007


Honors & Awards

Guest Speaker, An Artful Evening, A Springer Celebration, The Center, Cincinnati, OH 2016

Resident Artist, Springer School & Center, Cincinnati, OH 2014

Artist Residency, FugScreens, Chicago, IL, 2012

Professional Development Grant Award, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus, OH, 2012

Supply Grant Award, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus, OH, 2012

Guest Lecturer, “Art and Learning Disabilities”, The Springer School & Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012

Visiting Lecturer, “The Art of Research”, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2012

Visiting Lecturer, “Art is Social”, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 2012

State Juror, Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, Columbus, OH, 2012

Visiting Artist Program, The Torpedo Art Factory, Alexandria, VA, 2011

Minor Teaching Grant for Individual Faculty, CELTUA, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2011

The Richard Brunel Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis Tuition Fellowship, St. Louis, MO, 2009

Guest Juror, The Risque Prize; Washington University in St. Louis, 2009

Sam Fox Graduate Travel Grant, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2008

Political Art Installation Grant, Art School Council, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2008

Student Initiative Fund, Associated Student Government, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2008

Undergraduate Research Grant Award, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2007

Jim Killy Art Scholarship; Walter B. Gross III Scholarship, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2007


Teaching Experience

Artist Instructor, Artica Studios, Northwestern University (Printmaking, Fibers, Drawing) 2013-2014

Artist Instructor, Summer Arts Institute, Miami University of Ohio (Drawing, Sculpture) 2011-2014

Adjunct Faculty, Capital University (Visual Arts, Intro Jewelry/Metalsmithing) 2011-2012

Part-time Visiting Faculty of Art, Miami University of Ohio (Drawing, Sculpture, 3D Design) 2010-2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Washington University in St. Louis (Drawing, 3D Design, Sculpture) 2008-2010

Artist Instructor, Laumeier Sculpture Park 2009


Professional Experience

Co-founder, F’Art Collective 2013-14

Curator; Neutral/Natural, Gods Country LLC, Thorntown, IN 2013

Operations Manager; Metal Magic Interiors Inc., Chicago, IL 2012-2014

Preparator/Art Handler; Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2012-2014

Preparator/ Art Handler; Loyola University Art Museum, Loyola University, Chicago, IL 2012-2014

Grant Writing Chair, Curatorial Committee, Board Member; ROY G BIV emerging artist gallery, Columbus, OH 2012

Iron Pour Conference; Six Mile Sculptureworks, Granite City, IL 2012

Gallery Director; ROY G BIV emerging artist gallery; Columbus, OH, 2011-2012

Preparator/Art Handler; Weston Art Gallery; Cincinnati Arts Association; Cincinnati, OH, 2010

Projectionist; The 98th Annual Conference; the College Arts Association; Chicago, IL2010

Graduate School of Visual Art Representative, Graduate Professionals Committee: Event Planning Committee, Bridging Gaps Committee; Washington University in St. Louis; 2008-2010

Student Representative, Visiting Artist Committee; Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2008

Student Intern, Lost Art Salon; San Francisco, CA, 2007

Resident Assistant, ORLNSP, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2006

Archivist, The Walter Havinghurst Special Collections; Miami University Library, Oxford, OH, 2004-2005 



MFA 2010. Mildred Kemper Lane Art Museum. St. Louis: Washington University in St. Louis, 2010

“Emily Moorhead.” kurz, joshua j. and Jamie Viars. Fragments. Spring 2008

“Emily Moorhead.” Williams, Sophie. Effusions; Art Journal. Spring 2008



“Metal Magic Interiors.” Emma Saperstein. Lumpen Magazine. ed. 123, v 24, issue 1, Winter 2014

“Visiting Artists at the Torpedo Factory.” Svetlana Avellan. The Alexandria Gazette 23 June 2011

“The Art of an Archive.” Welborn, Aaron. Off the Shelf. Washington Univesity in St. Louis, Spring 2011

“Moving images inspire works of art.” Kromer, MaryAnn. The Advertiser-Tribune. 20 March 2011

“Artist Talk and Demonstration with Emily Moorhead at the OSU Urban Arts Space.” Columbus Alive 17 Dec. 2010

“Information Literacy Through Site-Specific Installation: The Library Project.” Young, Sara, and Stacy Brinkman. Art Libraries Society of North America. Sept. 2010

“Tension on the St. Louis riverfront.” Roth, Eddie. STLToday.com 11 Nov. 2008.

“American Patriotic Installation.” Moore, Lucy. Student Life Washington University in St. Louis 5 Dec. 2008

“Installation artwork set to highlight violence in media.” Sales, Ben. Student Life Washington University in St. Louis, 3 Dec. 2008