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Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist and curator based in upstate New York. Her projects address physical and psychic legacies of colonizer culture around food and land, generating dialogue about alternative ways of being. Using materials such as imitation wood, subterranean vegetables and manure, her absurdist performance works and living installations destabilize public sites, creating opportunities to redefine success and thriving.

As The DIRT Project, she leads experiential, collaborative workshops for all ages that invite play with linguistics, earth and identity, nurturing our relationships with invisible life forms inside the body and underfoot.

Houssart’s work recently featured in Metabolism of Cities at the Urban Soils Institute symposium, LMCC Arts Center, NY. Her 15-month evolving installation Co-co-codac! was part of Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, an outdoor exhibit of twenty artists exploring relationships with land, curated by Tal Beery. Previous exhibitions include DIRTdoors for Rooted: Art + Land with the Dorsky Museum/Walkill Valley Land Trust, New Paltz, NY; Forest Geometries (solo installation and performance), Frans Masereel Centrum/Koningsbos forest, Belgium; Damaged Goods (solo), Norwich Millennium Library, UK; and If We Opened People Up We’d Find Landscapes, Fairhurst Gallery, UK. Houssart was a 2022 Art-in-Education resident at Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. As the 2021 Artist in Residence at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY, she curated the exhibition DIRT: Inside Landscapes and led a series of interactive public projects disrupting barriers between the museum, the public and the surrounding land. She is co-curator of an/aesthetics: Rosekill at Rosekill Art Farm, NY (through June 2023). Previous residencies include Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium and Print to the People, UK. 

Originally from Norwich, UK, Houssart gained a BA Hons. in Modern Languages from the University of Durham, UK, and studied drawing, painting and sculpture for three years at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. She is Adjunct Professor of Art, Sustainability Faculty Fellow and member of experimental collective Eddy at SUNY New Paltz, where she completed an MFA in Sculpture with Printmaking with Honors in 2022. She leads interactive workshops for all ages as The DIRT Project, and is an Instructor at Fall Kill Print Works and the Woodstock School of Art. Houssart has taught at Vassar College, West Point Military Academy, the Charles H. Cecil Studios and the British Institute of Florence, and has led classes and workshops in sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking since 2003.

Current & upcoming:

an/aesthetics: Rosekill, 177 Binnewater Rd, Kingston. Events April 22 & June 10  @anaesthetics_rosekill

The Beginning of Spring curated by Han Zeng, Wappingers Town Hall, opening Feb 25 3.30-5.30

Selected shows


Metabolism of Cities, curated by Margaret Boozer, Urban Soils Institute at LMCC Arts Center, NY

an/aesthetics: Rosekill, co-curator with Michael Asbill, Lital Dotan and Marielena Ferrer, Rosekill Art Farm, Rosendale, NY

Paper as Form, curated by Sariah Park, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY


House Suit, live performance for Transient Shelters, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, New Paltz, NY

DIRTdoors at Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, New Paltz, NY for Rooted: Art + Land, Dorsky Museum with Wallkill Valley Land Trust, Hudson Valley Upstate Art Weekend

Rescue Garden, Habitat for Artists microresidency at ArtPort Kingston, Kingston, NY

Co-co-codac! for Owning Earth, curated by Tal Beery, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY (through October 2022)

DIRT: Inside Landscapes, guest curator, interactive show and community projects, Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY


Fragments of a New Reality, Rotunda Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, NY

EARTHBOUND, co-curator with Hayoon Jay Lee, pop-up show, 1110 2nd Ave, Suite 200, NYC


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

Forest Geometries (solo with performance), Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

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

PRINTFEST 2019, IPCNY at 550 W. 29th St, NYC

Sanctuary (Walmart Forest) (solo), Rotunda Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, NY

Potatocube, various locations, Hudson Valley, NY

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, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie, NY

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


Damaged Goods (solo), Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, Norwich, UK

Paperplay, (duo) with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

Catalytics II, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY


Catalytics, co-curator with Xuewu Zheng, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY

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

Carrot Flag for 32-Hour Projects, 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


Just Women / Just Drawing, curated by Bibiana Matheis, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Beekman Street Artist Banners, juried, public two-year installation, Beacon, NY

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


Day of the Dead Contemporary, 385 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY

Nucleus, Art Centro, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Carrot Show, Pump Project, Austin, TX
The Drawing Show, Pump Project, Austin, TX


Cantanker: THE END, juried catalog and show, Big Medium, 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 show, City Hall, Austin, TX


Guest Artist, Norwich Art Now, Norwich Fringe, UK


Gang of Four, St. Margaret's Church, Norwich, UK


Solo show, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, UK





Art-in-Education Resident Artist, Women's Studio Workshop


Artist in Residence, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY


Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium


Print To The People, Norwich, UK 


State University of New York at New Paltz, MFA, 2022

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

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




Emilie is currently an Instructor at SUNY New Paltz, the Woodstock School of Art, NY and at Fall Kill Print Works, Poughkeepsie, NY. She has taught classes and workshops internationally since 2003, including at Vassar College, NY, West Point Military Academy, NY, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Italy, and the British Institute of Florence, Italy. Emilie teaches private classes and workshops for adults, from beginners to advanced students.

Student Work (password protected)

CV and resumé available upon request.


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