EDUCATIONMFA Studio Art, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, BFA Theatre & Original Works, Cornish College of the Arts
AREAS OF EXPERTISEinterdisciplinary arts
art and social justice
socially engaged arts
Emilia White (she/they) is an assistant professor and program coordinator of Integrative Arts in the Department of Computational Arts. Previously, they taught at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design as one of the core faculty of the Interarts Performance program.
White holds a BFA in Theatre & Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Studio Arts from the Stamps School of Art & Design. She specializes in object-based performance, fibre art and animation. She draws inspiration from early avant-garde movements such as Dada, Fluxus, and the Bauhaus Theatre, crafting humorous participatory performances designed to remove social barriers and foster inclusivity. Their projects use absurdity and autobiography to uphold feminist values and challenge patriarchal expectations.
White’s work has been presented throughout North America and abroad, primarily in Taiwan and Indonesia. A selection of venues includes Collar Works, Defibrillator Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Planet Ant Theater, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Dumbo Arts Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Gallery Salihara, Lembaga Indonesia Perancis and Taman Budaya. She previously co-curated The Performance Laboratory in Detroit and was an active member of the political arts collective Taring Padi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. White was born in Northern California, USA, and is the parent of two wonderful kids.
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