Emily Chow Bluck is an artist, educator, and organizer based in New York City. Working primarily with communities of color in urban neighborhoods, she uses her art praxis to build local campaigns for social justice. These creative campaigns harness experiences of struggle and oppression to manifest new narratives of overcoming, social value, and self-determined futures.
Bluck first began working with communities in Southern California while studying Politics & International Relations at Scripps College with a focus on social movements and power politics. She has been actively engaged in organizing in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and New York City, working with organizations such as the Labor/Community Strategy Center, No Boundaries Coalition, and the Audre Lorde Project.
Kitchen of Corrections, a socially engaged, alternative economy that translates the hardships of incarceration into power, leadership, and storytelling through food is among Bluck's best known projects. Kitchen of Corrections was created in partnership with Rick Lowe, Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, Jeffrey Harley, and men overcoming homelessness, addiction, and incarceration in Philadelphia. Food has often been a featured medium in her work.
This year, Bluck was selected to be a part of the 2018 Artist in the Marketplace cohort at the Bronx Museum of Art. She also is an active member of the Asian American Cultural Collective, Chinatown Art Brigade.
Bluck holds a B.A. in Politics & International Relations from Scripps College and a M.F.A. in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.