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John Emison

John Emison

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Fine Arts, Seaver College
CAC 102A


John Emison is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. His practice includes sculpture, drawing, painting, and video. His work often takes the form of subtle alterations, shifts of register, and added information. He received an MFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BA in art & art history and sociology & anthropology from Colgate University.

He has shown in galleries and institutions including MIM Gallery (Los Angeles), Spring/Break Art Show (Los Angeles), Ms Barbers (Los Angeles), Central Park (Los Angeles), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Los Angeles), the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and 808 Gallery, Boston University. He also brings extensive experience working in Los Angeles and New York galleries and institutions to the studio classroom. He has taught at Pepperdine University since 2019.


  • MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 2014


  • Art Fundamentals
  • Foundations in Sculpture
  • Junior Interdisciplinary Studio: Research, Practice, Methods