Dr. Alexandra Emberley

Permanent Faculty

Critical + Creative Studies

Assistant Professor, School of Craft + Emerging Media

“My research interests include material culture, affect theory, psychoanalysis and the autobiographical and testimonial object. I am currently working on an AFA funded project entitled 'The Garment Portraits: Villains, Victims & Heroes', a series of embroidered and appliqué works exploring the act of repair.”



Alexandra is a visual artist working in drawing, textile, print and digital media. In 2013, she received her PhD in Language, Culture & Teaching from York University for an interdisciplinary practice-led inquiry of text and print-making exploring relationships between learning, affect, “difficult knowledge” and the testimonial. In 2013, she also completed her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta with the solo exhibition of “Fur Stories [ you are not wild enough for me ]” at FAB Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta. Alexandra is a permanent faculty member in the School of Critical + Creative Studies, and Chair of the School of Craft + Emerging Media.

Member of ACAD Faculty since 2013.


Ph.D. Language, Culture & Teaching, York University

M.F.A. Printmaking, University of Alberta

D.T.A.T.I. Toronto Art Therapy Institute

M.F.A. Film & Video, York University

B.A. Hons. Philosophy and Cinema Studies, University of Toronto

Selected Professional Activity:


Fur Poems, BRAIN STORMS:  UAlberta CREATES, Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, AB, 2015-16

Fur Poems, Strung Out & Undone, The Gallery of the Living Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2014

An Archive of Beautiful Memories, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2014 - ongoing

Enlisted Dogs, DRAWN: 1st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, MANIFEST GALLERY, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2014

The Fur Suite, Biennale International D’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivière, Trois-Rivière, Quebec, Canada, 2014

Artist Residencies

Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014

The Klosters Bentlage Museum & Cultural Centre, Rheine, Germany, 2012

The Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta 2010

Artist Talks

“Inquiry, Narrative & Matter”, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 2014

“Fur Stories”, Visiting Artist Series: “Stories Unlimited: Layered Meanings & Process, UCSC, California, USA, 2014

“The Prosthetic Archive”, Lunenberg Lecture Series, Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2011

Selected Awards:

Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2015

Halifax Regional Municipality Open Projects Program, An Archive of Beautiful Memories, 2010

Project Grant, Arts Nova Scotia Individual Artist Grant, 2010

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