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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 28, 2016

Northwest to host visiting artist Nicole Emanuel for lecture, workshops

Northwest Missouri State University will welcome painter, sculptor and placemaker Nicole Emanuel to its campus Monday, Oct. 3, as part of a new effort to connect students with professional artists

The new visiting artist series kicks off with Emanuel giving a free lecture at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. She also will conduct small workshops on campus and critiquing student work throughout the day.

A native of New York City, Emanuel is the founder and executive director of InterUrban ArtHouse, a center in Overland Park, Kansas, that provides professional training to artists and connects them to creative industries.

She studied philosophy and psychology at Hampshire College in Massachusetts before heading to San Francisco State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in design and industry with a minor in community arts.

Emanuel received the Gold Scholarship and Summer Scholarships to the Chicago Art Institute and Vermont Studio School. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and was the Kansas City Art Institute’s 1996 Valedictorian.

In 2008, Emanuel shook back to public art after her nephew was murdered. She created “Sorry for the Miscommunication: Museum of the Streets,” a series of events that included artists from Chicago, Kansas City and Madison, Wisconsin. It was supported by an ArtsKC inspiration Grant.

Emanuel decided to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City after the murder of her great-grandfather. Her manuscript, “Memoraphilia: A Granddaughter’s Memoir, the Life of Jewish Artist and Storyteller Liouba Golschmann,” won a 2009 University of Missouri-Kansas City Council’s grant and 2009 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award.

Emanuel is in her sixth year running a local artsmart/cultural arts program to hire environmentally-minded, multi-cultural artists to do hands-on programming in public schools.

For more information about the InterUrban Arthouse, visit For more information about Nicole Emanuel, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468