Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist and curator based in upstate New York. Her multidisciplinary projects address ecological dissociation in colonizer culture, and related violence against interspecies communities. Complex natural systems such as living earth and delicate artisanal papers collide with unilateral force at public sites including superstores, museums and recreational areas of forest. Through a series of absurdist interventions, she aims to ignite dialogue about the desire for control, how we evaluate intelligence, and our relationships with the earth itself.

Houssart’s work Co-co-codac! is included in Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY, curated by Tal Beery (current). 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. As 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 to disrupt the barriers between the museum, the public and the surrounding land. She co-curated EARTHBOUND with Hayoon Jay Lee, pop-up, NYC, and international exchange show EXPORT 19 with Xuewu Zheng at Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn, NY. 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 currently an Instructor and Sustainability Faculty Fellow at SUNY New Paltz where she is completing an MFA in Sculpture, and 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. She was a founding Studio Assistant at PUF Print Studio/Fall Kill Print Works.


Selected shows


Anaesthesia, co-curator with Michael Asbill, Jeff Benjamin, Lital Dotan and Marielena Ferrer, Century House Historical Society, Rosendale, NY

Paper as Form, curated by Sariah Park, DVAA, Narrowsburg, NY

Paranatural: Beyond Paper, Remarque Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM 


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 (current, until June 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





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, 2019-

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, workshops and individually tailored group sessions for adults, from beginners to advanced students.

Student Work (password protected)

CV and resumé available upon request.