emma mCcagg

Nice to meet you! I believe art changes everything. It can change a room, a perspective, a life, a culture. Art is meaningful. But I think we often forget that art can be fun. 

After a 5 year hiatus from painting to direct a feature film, I have come away with a new perspective on my work as an artist. Art is so personal, and so often that makes artists (like myself) vulnerable to self-doubt, self-correction, and self-critique. Yet after 5 years working on a feature film, I re-discovered what I originally loved about being an artist: the stimulating conversations, the characters I meet, the people I inspire, and the people who inspire me. By giving myself the freedom and space to explore the world outside my studio, I realized that art doesn’t have to be a solo exercise; it can be an exercise in connecting, and that’s what I’m here to do: connect with each and every one of you. 

My mission as an artist is to spark more meaning, more color, and more joy in peoples’ lives through my painting, sketching, and documentary films. I hope you can share my mission and join me on this exciting new journey!




Emma is a NY based artist living in Greenwich Village. She is represented by the Pristine Galerie in Monterrey, Mexico and Gosia Koscielak Gallery in Chicago. Her work has been represented in 20+ solo exhibitions and 50+ group exhibitions worldwide. After receiving her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY (’81) and her M.S. in Journalism from Boston University in Boston, MA (’86), she attended the New York Studio School (’93-’97), where she was the recipient of the Paul Gottlieb Scholarship and the Milton Avery Scholarship, as well as New York State Foundation for the Art’s Artspire sponsorship award. More recently, Emma has pursued her work as an artist through a new medium: film. While attending DCTV’s workshops in production and post-production documentary filmmaking (’13) and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s media education and producers program (’13-’14), her feature film has been recognized by a JM Kaplan Fund Grant as the recipient of three major grants (’16, ’17, ’19). The New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) has also recognized Emma’s work as a filmmaker through a NYSCA Grant (’18). Emma’s feature film, ‘There’s Something About John,’ is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Her life-long devotion to her craft is apparent in every canvas, paper, and clip she produces.