Emilie Houssart is a Dutch-American artist based in upstate New York. Her multidisciplinary projects explore and expose symptoms of human ecological disconnection. Colliding the organic with the mechanical, delicacy with violence, and naturally interdependent chance systems with geometric constraints, her work questions our desires for control, how we evaluate intelligence, and the boundaries of the absurd.

Emilie grew up in Norwich, UK. After a BA Hons. in Modern Languages from the University of Durham, she studied and taught drawing and painting at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, graduating in 2006. Via London and Austin, TX, she moved to the Hudson Valley in 2013, where she is currently Resident Artist in Thomas Barrett's studio at the Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Her work can be found in collections internationally.


Emilie has taught at SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, West Point Military Academy, the Charles H. Cecil Studios and the British Institute of Florence, and is currently an Instructor at Fall Kill Print Works and the Woodstock School of Art. She gives private and freelance instruction in drawing, painting, intaglio and monotype. Emilie has worked as Scenic Designer for Austin Shakespeare (TX) and collaborated on opera productions with the Yorke Trust (Norfolk, UK).

Image courtesy of Sean Hemmerle 

Current / upcoming:


Owning Earth  curated by Tal Beery, Unison Art Center, New Paltz, NY May 2021

Environment/Process/Meditation  Remarque Print Workshop Gallery, Albuquerque, NM February 2021

Public classes and events:

Woodstock School of Art workshops:  Drawing the Figure   (postponed)

                                                            Drawing from the Forest   (postponed)

Fall Kill Creative Works workshops:   Freestyle Monotype   September 27 2020

                                                           Introduction to Etching   (postponed)


Ongoing small group classes at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY - contact Emilie for more information


Past shows:


EARTHBOUND  Pop-up show, curated with Hayoon Jay Lee, 1110 2nd Ave, Suite 200, NYC

Saturnalia  (solo, interactive with Parade of Lights costumes made by community volunteers) Cunneen-Hackett Theater Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY


Forest Geometries (Koningsbos) (solo installation and performance)  Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

Environment, Process, Meditation  Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

New Skin, Old Ceremonies  Old Shoe Factory Social Club, St. Mary's Works, Norwich, UK

If We Opened People Up We'd Find Landscapes  Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich, UK

EXPORT 2019  Invitational international show and catalog. Co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Flip Side  Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, NY. Curated by Monica Church


Damaged Goods (solo) Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Prints made during a residency at Print To The People, Norwich, UK

Catalytics II  Co-curated by Emilie Houssart and Xuewu Zheng. Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Paperplay (duo) New works on paper. With Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY (press)


Catalytics  Co-curator and exhibitor with Xuewu Zheng; Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

100! Women Artists Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage  Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

32-Hour Projects  invitational installation, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY


We Are Here  curated by Xuewu Zheng, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

Portraits 16  curated by Florence Northcutt, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

Trolley Barn  Photography exhibition, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY


Invitational, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon NY

Beekman Street Artist Banners, juried, Beacon, NY


Women's Drawing Show, curated by Bibiana Matheis, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Beekman Street Artist Banners, juried, Beacon, NY

The Print Show, juried, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY


Day of the Dead Contemporary Pop-up show, Poughkeepsie, NY

Nucleus Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Drawing Show Pump Project, Austin, TX
Cantanker: THE END Juried catalog and show, Big Medium, Austin, TX
E.A.S.T. Big Medium satellite space, Austin, TX
Intaglio, Lithography and Silkscreen from Slugfest Printmaking Workshop Jonathan Abrams Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
SLUGFEST Stars of Austin Gallery, Austin Bergstrom Airport, TX
The Drawing Show Pump Project, Austin, TX
The People's Gallery Juried, City Hall, Austin, TX
East Austin Studio Tour, Pump Project gallery show, TX
Summer Exhibition, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich, UK
East Austin Studio Tour, Pump Project gallery show, TX
March Show, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
East Austin Studio Tour, Pump Project gallery show, TX
Guest Artist, Norwich Art Now, Norwich Fringe, UK
Gang of Four, St. Margaret's Church, Norwich, UK
Christmas Show, Belgravia Gallery, London, UK
Solo show, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, UK




Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium


Print To The People, Norwich, UK 



Theatre and opera:


Scenic Designer, Noel Coward's Design For Living, Austin Shakespeare dir. Ann Ciccolella, Rollins Theatre at the Long Centre, Austin, TX 


Scenic Designer, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Austin Shakespeare dir. Ann Ciccolella, Rollins Theatre at the Long Centre, Austin, TX

Scenic Designer, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Austin Shakespeare Youth dir. Ann Ciccolella, Curtain Theatre, Austin, TX


Scenic Painter, Shakeseare's Twelfth Night, Austin Shakespeare dir. Ann Ciccolella, Zilker Hillside Theater, Austin, TX

Scenic Painter, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Austin Shakespeare dir. Ann Ciccolella, Rollins Theatre at the Long Centre, Austin, TX


Scenery and Props, Rameau's Castor et Pollux, The Yorke Trust dir. Jennifer Hamilton, St. Mary's Church, South Creake, UK


Scenery and Props, Handel's Theodora, The Yorke Trust dir. Jennifer Hamilton, St. Mary's Church, South Creake, UK



State University of New York at New Paltz, MFA, 2019-

Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy 2002-04 (scholarship awards), 2005-06

University of Durham, UK, BA Hons., 1998-2002



Emilie teaches private classes, workshops and individually tailored group sessions for adults, from beginners' drawing to advanced painting in oils, intaglio and monotype.

Emilie is an Instructor at the Woodstock School of Art, NY and at Fall Kill Print Works, Poughkeepsie, NY. She has taught classes and workshops at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Vassar College, West Point Military Academy, and the British Institute of Florence.


Barrett Art Center

Charles H. Cecil Studios

Fall Kill Creative Works

Woodstock School of Art

Robert Houssart




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