Anne Emmons was born in Denver, a third generation native Coloradoan.
Her life was permanently influenced by a love of beauty and a desire to make images. Art is her first language, in a sense. She studied art, geology and art history, earning a BFA from CU Denver and an MFA from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. Her training includes study and apprenticeship under acclaimed artists, including Bruce Herman, Mako Fujimura, Barry Krammes, Ed Knippers and iconographers Dimitri Andreyev, Irene Perez Omer and Mary Sullivan Coit.
Emmons’ art has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Denver, Santa Fe, Washington, Massachusetts and Kansas, and owned in collections in the US, Switzerland, Algeria, Bosnia and Chile. She has worked as a college art instructor and studio workshop instructor in various adult and children’s art programs. She lives in Lakewood, CO and is active in the Denver art community, Christos Collective, and CIVA.
Emmons’ research of the theology of beauty in various artistic traditions and the image in Christian contemplative practice developed as a series of seminars, All That Is Seen and Unseen, presented in Colorado, California, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Emmons’ artistic practice is grounded in drawing and painting. She works primarily in watercolor, egg tempera and gilding. Her studio practice evolved from painting to incorporate social interaction, performance and installation elements. Her thesis project, Incomplete Icons of Personhood, exhibited in 2010 and continuing, explores human personhood through the visual language of the icon, within the context of relationship roles within family, across cultures and temporal boundaries.
Anne Emmons' work translates between the arbitrary separation of art and life, mundane and sacred, human and divine.
Her images invite the viewer to see through them, into what is not yet revealed.
The artwork is an offering to the viewer to contemplate, to be still and to experience the thin membrane between the rush of time felt in the outer world and a sense of timelessness in one's inner life.
Azusa Pacific University MFA - Visual Arts, Painting 2010
University of Colorado - Denver BFA - Drawing and Painting 1987
Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO
Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
Guest Lecturer – Art history
Gordon College Orvieto Semester, Orvieto, Italy 2002
Epiphanies of Beauty Notre Dame, Indiana 2004
Corona Presbyterian Church, Art History lecture series 2002
Festival of Sacred Arts, Denver, CO 2004
Te Deum Institute, Tulsa, OK 2011
Studio Art Workshop instructor
Colorado, California, Kansas, Oklahoma 2004-present
Red Rocks Community College
Art instruction of ESL students