Emily Jan



Emily Jan is a Montréal-based sculptor originally hailing from San Francisco, California. Jan has traveled to 32 countries and lived in four (South Africa, Mexico, the US, and Canada). She draws inspiration from the eclectic experiences of a life spent largely on the road as well as from the culture of scientific inquiry that characterized her upbringing.

Recent  exhibitions include Futur Folklore at the M.A.I. (Montréal), After the Hunt at Articite, Windsor, You Maniacs You Blew It Up! at PDA Projects (Ottawa), and falling through the mirror at Latitude 53 (Edmonton) and the FoFA Gallery (Montréal). She is a M.A.I. Mentorship Grant awardee for 2014-2015 and a Clipperton Project residency awardee for 2015. In 2011, she was recognized with an award at the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art (WTA – Aire).

Upcoming projects include exhibitions at Union Gallery (Kingston); Harcourt House (Edmonton), Hamilton Artists Inc (Hamilton); and the 2016 Fiberarts International Biennial (USA & touring); and residencies at Denali National Park and the Elsewhere Museum. Jan is currently working on two artist’s books which will be published in 2016 and 2017.

Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009).



Selected works


Apologue I, 2016, Centre des arts actuels Skol
Photo: Guy L’Heureux


After the hunt, 2014-2015, Les Ateliers Jean Brillant
Photo: Eric Tschappeler


Before the Fall, 2015, MAI (Montreal, Arts Interculturels)
Photo: Emily Jan


selkie, 2013, FoFA Gallery
Photo: Guy L’Heureux


Dürer’s Rhinoceros, 2011
Photo: Emily Jan