Emily Jan

Set Designer

Emily Jan (b. 1977, Los Angeles) is a Chinese-American artist, writer, and designer currently based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ ) / Edmonton, AB in Treaty 6 territory.

Recent exhibitions include Kali Yuga, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon, MB), le 10e Biennale national de sculpture contemporaine, (Trois Rivières, QC), Wild, Textile Museum of Canada and Let Me Take You There, Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto, ON), Hunter/Gatherer at the McIntosh Gallery at Western University (London, ON), and The World is Bound by Secret Knots at the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Centre (Newport News, VA) and Galerie Art Mûr (Montreal, QC).

In 2023, Jan’s and artist Catherine Blackburn’s collaborative work Ancestor Dreamin’ was acquired by the MacKenzie Art Gallery through the generous support of the York Wilson Endowment Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. The piece is currently on tour with the exhibition Radical Stitch until 2025. In 2019, Jan was Art Director for Jeremy Dutcher’s first music video, Mehcinut.

Jan has written and illustrated three books, and contributed writing to catalogues for the PHI Foundation (formerly DHC/ART), the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and publications such as Contemporary HUM and esse : art + opinions.

She currently sits on the board of directors for Union House Arts Inc, Ktaqmkuk / Newfoundland.