Emma ShapiRO
and I believe in art,
& action 
I am an American, living in Valencia, Spain with my husband Lucas (also an artist!).
Moving to another country and learning a new language only furthered my capacity to multi-task and focus on what I love to do. Every practice included in this site is something I am passionate about, and intend to keep in my life.
I've created this website to explain all the ways I love to share my skills with my community and the world, and I am always open for more collaborations. 
If I might be a good fit for your life/team/community, please feel free to reach out! 

2010 BFA, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Painting


Ongoing Projects

The Body Room : A Social Art Project by Shapiro & Brown, co-creator

The Exposure Therapy Project, creator


2020 Happy Gals Podcast with Alessia Galatini, May, 2020 

2020 "Exposure Therapy..."  Jessica De La Torre for Medium, April 14, 2020

2020 “Interview: Emma Shapiro” Foto Femme United, March 30, 2020

2019 “High Time For Exposure Therapy” RISD XYZ Spring/Summer 2019 Issue

2019 “Grant #334” Awesome Without Borders


Professional Experience

2018-now   Private Art Instructor, Valencia, Spain

2018-now      Coordinator DIBUJUEVES drawing sessions, Playground Art Center, Valencia, Spain

2016-2018     Co-Founder and Executive Committee Chair, the LexCollective,  Lexington, VA

2016-2018     Co-Founder, Buena Vista Collaborative Studio, Buena Vista, VA

2016-2018     Manager, Lexington Coffee Shop, Lexington, VA

2014 -2019    Instructor, “Art Workouts” drawing series, The Art Students League of New York

2014-2016     Administrative Manager; Model, Monitor, and Studio Services Coordinator,

                            The Art Students League of New York

2014              Co-Instructor, Drawing Fundamentals and Figure Drawing, The Art Students League of New York

2010-now      Professional Figure Model, NYC, USA and Spain

2008-2010     Manager, Carr Haus Cafe, Providence, RI

2008-2010     Founder/Chair, Students Helping Students Scholarship Fund, RISD, Providence, RI

Awards & Honors

2019    Awesome Without Borders 2019 Grantee, for activism project Exposure Therapy

2017    Invited Workshop Instructor, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

            - Grant awarded to conduct two experimental-drawing workshops for the university art department

2016    Vermont Studio Center Merit Scholarship

2016    Guest Critic, Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista, VA

2015    Invited speaker, The Southern Humanities Council Conference  

             -Conference topic "Public Bodies, Private Spaces / Private Bodies, Public Spaces"

2015    Katzman Fellowship, The Art Students League of NY

2009    Bridge-Builder Leadership Award, RISD


2017      Drop Forge and Tool, Hudson, NY

2016      Vermont Studio Center

2013, 2015      The League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY

2015      Arts Letters and Numbers Residency, Averill Park, NY


2020       The Body Room interactive art project, at The New Earth Art School, Peckham, South London

2019       Galeria Vangar, Valencia, Spain

2018       Emma Shapiro: Enactments, Larkin Arts Gallery, Harrisonburg, Virginia ( walk-thru here )

2018       Illuminated, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2017       Human Cartographies, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, Collaborative installation w/ Lucas Martinez

2017       Enactments, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Washington and Lee University, Lexington,Virginia

2017       Elements of Dissent: film + protest, UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY

2016       goddess.held, The Living Gallery, New York, NY

2016       Sun Ship, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY

2016       Just Put Your Number In My Phone, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2016       Side By Side, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA

2016       Issue 5, Paint Pulse Magazine (printed magazine), Brooklyn, NY

2014       3 Dot Zine by Devin Morris, Issue 1, Brooklyn, NY

2011       Word Problem, The Active Space, Brooklyn NY

2011       MMMW, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn NY 

I am:

  • Flexible

  • Punctual

  • Hardworking

  • Dedicated

  • Organized

  • Creative

  • Scrappy

  • A critical thinker

  • Professional

  • Friendly

  • Honest

  • Free-Spirited

  • Learning Spanish

  • A little punky

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Get in touch!

Talk to you soon!