Emily Budd (she/they) is a lesbian artist specializing in time travel through mold-making. Drawing from a 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 experiences as a foundry craftsperson 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 they spent four months developing a body of work made from materials gleaned archaeologically at the city dump. Budd earned an MFA at California College of the Arts where she received a Cadogan scholarship from the San Francisco Foundation, and a BFA in Sculpture at Miami University School of Fine Arts. Budd 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, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and SEED Lab at the Anchorage Museum. Currently based in Las Vegas where they teach Sculpture at UNLV, both her personal practice and teaching philosophy consider how we rebuild and adapt to transforming worlds.
February 27-March 7, 2021 - Temporary Institute of Early Art. A collaborative research-based exhibition presented by Pancake House in collaboration with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. Minneapolis, MN.
January-March 2021 - Water Slipping Through Our Fingers: An Art Memoriam to Lives Impacted by Police Violence at West Las Vegas Library. Presented by Families United 4 Justice Las Vegas, Forced Trajectory Project and Desert Arts Action Coalition, the exhibition holds space for and amplifies the voices of those who have survived or lost loved ones to police violence.
Opening October 2020 - Future-Ready: Survival Now + Next, a project by SEED Lab at the Anchorage Museum, is a virtual exhibition that explores diverse interpretations of future-readiness, both practical and speculative. Anchorage, AK.
Opening May 2020 - Queers Just Wanna Have Fun, Queerly Collective.
2019-present - Memorial for Queer Rhyolite at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV.
2018-present - Lesbian Thrift Shop, an ongoing social shop experiment since 2018, uses the model of an online anti-capitalist thrift shop to write stories previewing an imagined queer future.
September 17, 2020 - Budd served as a panelist for "A Virtual Salon: Nevada's Public Monuments," hosted by Nevada Humanities.
September 2020 - Budd's essay, Queer Cities and Their Temporary Monuments, historicizes Queer Rhyolite and reflects on the desire for a new kind of monument made for the queer future. Written for Nevada Humanities Double Down Blog.
September 2020 - Well Hung Up published in Beyond Words Literary Magazine.
August/September, 2020 - Budd's Trash Orgonites exhibited in The Next Big Thing at Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA. Curated by Leah Ollman.
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.
July 2020 - Budd received a Certificate of Completion from the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in Berlin, Germany (remote), with a focus on Care, Caring and Repair in Cognitive Capitalism.
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. Purchase here - all sale proceeds will be donated to the Brave Space Alliance building campaign.
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.
April/May 2020 - Working Artist Award Recipient.
March 2020 - Grow Some Bulbs is featured in Truck Sluts Magazine
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.