Emily Budd is a lesbian artist specializing in time travel through mold-making. Drawing from her background in bronze-casting and paleontology, her work speculates on our own futurity and fossilization. Reformative monuments, memorials, and artifacts become an act of queer place-making while contemplating human sustainability when facing imminent change. Pulling from her experiences as a foundry craftswoman and metalworker allows her to navigate between structure and experimentation within a queer context, exploring the possibilities of a separated difference.
Budd has been awarded various inspiring artist residencies including PLAYA Summer Lake, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Recology San Francisco, the latter at which she spent four months developing a body of work made from materials gleaned archaeologically at the city dump. Budd earned her MFA at California College of the Arts where she received a Cadogan scholarship from the San Francisco Foundation, and her BFA in Sculpture at Miami University School of Fine Arts. Over the past few years she has exhibited throughout the US including at SOMArts Cultural Center and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Currently based in Las Vegas where she teaches Sculpture at UNLV, both her personal practice and teaching philosophy consider how we rebuild and adapt to transforming worlds.
The Next Big Thing at Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA. Curated by Leah Ollman.
Queers Just Wanna Have Fun, Queerly Collective.
Memorial for Queer Rhyolite at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV.
July 2020 - Memorial for Queer Rhyolite published in Engaging Collections, a journal sharing projects at the intersections of art + equity with libraries, archives, and special collections.
June 2020 - Budd talked to The Washington Post about Memorial for Queer Rhyolite and the continued importance of the Stonewall Park story. By Diane Bernard.
June 2020 - Selected works featured in Stone Fruit Magazine, Issue 03: Sanctuary. Stone Fruit is a zine on queerness and religion based in Chicago.
June 2020 - Featured on UNLV Arts Worldwide, Episode 8: Risk, discussing teaching sculptural practices during COVID-19. Presented by UNLV College of Fine Arts. Curated by Shahab Zargari.
June 2020 - Artwork featured in Murze Magazine, Issue 12: Human.
May 2020 - Researcher Profile: Emily Budd, shares more on working with the Stonewall Park Collection at UNLV Special Collections and Archives while researching Memorial for Queer Rhyolite. By Su Kim Chung.
February 2020 - My Ex-Girlfriend’s Toothbrush selected for the national juried exhibition Eros and Thanatos which opened on Valentine’s Day at Buckham Gallery in Flint, MI. Curated by Ed Fraga.
November 2019-January 2020 - Archway exhibited in the group show The Snake Eats Its Tail at University of Arizona Joseph Gross Gallery in Tucson, AZ. Curated by Brooke Grucella & Kristin Bauer.
October 2019 - Memorial for Queer Rhyolite, a temporary monument to dreams in the dust is installed for the Bullfrog Biennial in Rhyolite, NV. Curated by Sierra Slentz.
November 2018 - OtherPeoplesPixels Interviews Emily Budd, OtherPeoplesPixels Blog. By Stacia Yeapanis.
Watch a bronze pour here.