Brooklyn-based artist and educator Emerson Hiller is CMA’s newest Teaching Artist and Visitor Services Associate extraordinaire! She graduated from Union College in 2018 with a BA in Literature and Mixed Media Art and is currently studying Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. Get to know her below!
Tell us about your artistic practice and how working with children inspires you.
I have always had a passion for art. Throughout my education, I found an artistic approach to projects that I struggled with, and there were quite a few. I see every child, those who struggle with standard schoolwork and those who don’t, and see myself. I hope to use artwork and museum learning as a way to expand what society labels as essential education, and diversify art in all forms.
Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I wrote and illustrated a story that I called “The Baby Onion” about a little vegetable on a long journey — it was a hit!
What do you enjoy most about working at CMA?
Meeting new families and children who continue to inspire me in my work every day.
Pictured: original illustration by Emerson Hiller