Dr. Alexandra Emberley


Critical + Creative Studies

Assistant Professor

“I am an artist, writer, researcher, and educator. Over the past three years, I have been studying embroidery at the Ecole Lesage, Paris, and I am now exploring its application to my studio practice. In my scholarly research, I examine material and studio-based inquiry as ways of thinking in relation to aesthetics, affect theory and new materialism. I teach in AUArts Schools of Critical + Creative Studies and Visual Art, as well as the MFA in Craft Media.”



Alexandra earned her PhD in Language, Culture & Teaching from York University for her interdisciplinary dissertation “An Inquiry into ‘Learning From’” (2013) examining relationships between autobiographical & testimonial materials, learning from, difficult knowledge, and psychoanalytic theory. In 2013, she graduated with an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta with her solo exhibition “Fur Storiesyou are not wild enough for me ]”. From 2015-2017, Alexandra served as Chair to AUArts School of Craft + Emerging Media and as Program Advisor for the MFA program in Craft Media.

Member of ACAD Faculty since 2014.


2017 Certificate Couture Embroidery, Ecole Lesage, Paris

2013 PhD Language, Culture & Teaching, York University, TO

2013 MFA Printmaking, University of Alberta, AB

2007 Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, TO

1997 MFA Film & Video, York University, TO

1994 BA Hons. Philosophy & Cinema Studies, University of Toronto, TO

Selected Professional Activity:

Juried Exhibitions

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

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

2014-2016 An Archive of Beautiful Memories, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS

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

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

2013-2014 Fur Stories [ You are Not Wild Enough For Me ], FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2012 Human Natures, UNSTABLE NATURES, LATITUDE 53, Edmonton, AB 

2010 The Long Poem Project, The Long Poem Project (Eclogue), UPART! NATURE/CULTURE. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2010 TESTIMONY OF ECHO, Eleanor Winters Art Gallery (EWAG), Toronto, ON

2010 TESTIMONY OF ECHO, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, NS

Artist Residencies

2014 Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS

2012 Printmaking, The Klosters Bentlage Museum & Cultural Centre, Rheine, DE

2010 The Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Banff, AB

Artist Talks

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

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

2011 “The Prosthetic Archive”, Lunenberg Lecture Series, Lunenberg, NSArtist Residencies:

Selected Awards:

2017 Artist Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Spring

2016 Peter Lougheed Leadership Award, The Banff Centre

2015 Artist Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Winter

2012 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, University of Alberta

2012 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Student Award in Art & Design

2011-2013 University of Alberta, MFA Scholarship, Dept. of Art + Design

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

2010 Artist Project Grant, Arts Nova Scotia Individual Artist Grant 

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