Emma Duehr is a project-based artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. With a background in painting, sculpture, and art history, she has maintained a multi-disciplinary artistic career for nearly 10 years. In 2018, she created the performative art project Talking Tushies to initiate public conversations about sexual violence through daily interactions, which grew internationally. Duehr’s work is typically centered on confronting cultural norms and resurfacing her personal experiences as female in America into projects that ask viewers to consider their own roles in present-day politics.
With an emphasis on social engagement, activism, and material specificity, Duehr has collaborated with organizations across various fields such as sociology, urban affairs, and gender studies. She has organized collaborative projects that are active in 7 countries including Africa, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and USA. She has received awards such as the School of Art and Design Scholarship from Portland State University, The Art and Design Gloria Weir Melgard Award from Clarke University, and the Fine Arts Division Meneve Dunham Award from Clarke University.
Emma Duehr was born in 1995 in Dubuque, Iowa and is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Practice at Portland State University's School of Art + Design in Portland, OR. She spends her time advocating against sexual violence both locally and nationally