Photo: Jordon Hon

HEY, I’M EMILY!
ILLUSTRATOR & VISUAL ARTIST 

I was born in Beijing and currently live in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton, Canada). My illustrations have received awards from national and international illustration competitions such as 3x3 Contemporary Illustration Professional Show, American Illustration, and Applied Arts. I am also a recent recipient of the 2021 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award.

I am also passionate about Chinatown storytelling, preserving heritage and lived experiences of Chinatown through art-community projects. I started Chinatown Greetings in 2021, a platform for artists to share Chinatown stories, and using artistic expression to amplify against the cultural erasure of Chinatown.

I love drawing in my sketchbook. I host a local sketchclub and released a publication of drawings titled #OnLocationYEG in 2019.

I currently serve on the Edmonton Arts Council Equity Committee. And I co-organize the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair - A semi-annual art & design market featuring Edmonton’s creatives.

In my spare time, I create prints and wearable art products. Find them through my online shop



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CLIENT LIST
3.7% YEG
Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) 
Alberta Views Magazine
Alberta Worker’s Health Centre
Apple Magazine 
ATB Financial
Avenue Magazine Edmonton
Avenue Magazine Calgary
Calgary Immigration Women's Association (CIWA)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Chinese Benevolent Association
Citadel Theatre
The City of Edmonton
City of Beaumont (BSRC)
CJSR FM
Creativo Surface Design 
The Edmonton Arts Council
Edmonton Community Foundation (Legacy In Action)
Edmonton Community Development Company
Edify Magazine
Eighteen Bridges Literary Magzine
Fringe Theatre (Chinook Series)
Glass Buffalo Magazine (University of Alberta)
Glass Bookshop
GrainsWest Magazine
Hungry Zine
MacEwan University (MAVEN)
Maclean’s Magazine
LEAP Magazine
Little Plant Shop
Logic & Lifestyle 
Lo Know (Formerly Carto Media)
Marcella Daun Consulting 
New Tribe Magazine
Orca Book Publishers
Pulp Studios
Readers Digest
The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair
Serious Labs Inc.
Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
smART (University of Calgary)
Social Enterprise Fund Publication
Stephen Magazine
Telus Storyhive
University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre
Vox Media (Eater)
Where Magazine

AWARDS & GRANTS
2022 - 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 19 Professional Show Winner - Merit Award
2022 - Edmonton Arts Council, Major Project Grant
2021 - Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award (EAC)
2021 - Yorath House Artist Residency (EAC/City of Edmonton)
2021 - 3x3 Illustration, Annual No. 18 Professional Show - Honorable Mention
2021 - EAC Individual Artist Grant (Artist Research)
2020 - Alberta Magazine Awards - Nomination
2020 - American Illustration 39 (Chosen - Work/Life Balance)
2020 - American Illustration 39 (Chosen - Envy)
2020 - Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant
2019 - 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 16 Professional Show Winner - Merit Award
2019 - Edmonton Arts Council CIP Artist Grant
2018 - Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant
2018 - Edmonton Arts Council Artist Project Grant
2018 - Capital Awards, Award of Excellence, Poster (EAC)
2016 - #YEGCanvas 2 Public Art Selections  
Applied Arts Illustration Award (Young Blood)
smART Branding Contest Winner (University of Calgary)
Visual Arts Alberta Scholarship ChalkWalk Street Art - First Place (ACAD)




COMMUNITY
2021 - Edmonton Arts Council Equity Committee
2020, 2021 - Alberta Book Publishing Awards Design (Jury)
2020 - StayhomeanddrawYEG
2019 - OnLocationYEG Public Sketchclub
2018 - GDC Portfolio Reviewer (Volunteer)
2018 - GDC Artist Mentorship / Sexual Assault Poster (Volunteer)
2016-2018 - Edmonton Digital Arts College, Illustration Instructor
2017 - Metro Education, Painting Instructor

MURALS
2022 - Loblaws, Ice District (In Progress)
2022 - Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre (In Progress)
2022 - Spruce Avenue Community League (In Progress)
2021 - Beaumont Sports & Recreation Centre
2021 - ATB Mural x 2 (Edmonton Corporate & Red Deer)

BOOKS
2018 - On-LocationYEG
2022 - Shape The Future (Orca Think Series)

PRESS
YEGPeople Interview (2022)
Keys 2 The City Interview (2022)
Edify Artists At Work (2022)
Global Edmonton Chinatown Greetings Feature (2021)
Edify Feature September Issue (2021)
City of Edmonton #RestlessYEG (2021)
EAC #Iamyegarts (2021)
Global News Edmonton Interview for #StayhomeanddrawYEG (2020)
CBC Radio EdmontonAM Interview (2020)
Global News Feature #OnLocationYEG (2019)
CBC RadioActive Interview #OnLocationYEG (2019)
Women in Canadian Design (WICD) Interview (2019)
Gifted Gift Catalog, by Edmonton Made (2018)
EAC Grant Recipient Interview (2018)
Avenue Magazine Edmonton Artist Interview (2018)
Where Magazine Featured Artist Spotlight (2017)
That's So Maven Podcast Interview (August, 2017)
Rosa & Lilium #GetReal Interview (March, 2017)
HYMN Graphic Novels / Kickstarter Funded (2015)

MARKETS
The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair
Market Collective
Interstellar Rodeo
Curated. Market
Hand2Hand Market
Undercover Books
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Calgary Comic Expo
Edmonton Comic Expo
OnTheSpot Pop-Ups (Latitide 53)
HardCopy Zine Fair
Calgary Stampede Western Showcase
Craft Banque (St. Albert Art Gallery)
Make It! Edmonton
124 Grand Market
The Witchery Market
Experience Jasper Avenue

STOCKISTS
Tix on the Square
Glass Bookshop
Royal Alberta Museum
Little Plant Shop
Majesty and Friends
The Curated. Shop (Edmonton City Centre)
The Curated. Shop (SouthCentre Calgary)  
Vivid Print
Wildcrafted Merchantile (BC)
Gifted Catelog 2018 (Edmonton Made)
Gifted Catelog 2019 (Edmonton Made)
Happy Harbour Comics
Another Dimension Comics

Audrey’s Books
The Prints & the Paper










UPCOMING EVENTS AND MARKET LINEUP


THE ROYAL BISON 

May 6-8, 2022
Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
8426 Gateway Blvd • Edmonton, Canada

Friday 5pm-9pm / Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4pm






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