Emily Larned

Associate Professor of Graphic Design




MFA, Yale School of Art

BA, Wesleyan University

Emily Larned is an artist, designer, and educator. She has been printing and publishing as a socially engaged art practice since 1993, when she made her first zine. Her award-winning handmade publications are collected by over 70 institutions across the USA and UK, including the Getty Research Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, and Tate Britain.

Emily is co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a union for reflective creative practice. To date ILSSA has counted over 400 members in 36 states and 5 countries, and has installed solo exhibitions at Unrequited Leisure (Nashville, TN), Ringling College of Art & Design (Sarasota, FL), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY), and the Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design (Asheville, NC), among others.

Emily is also founder of Alder & Frankia, a publisher of collaborations and feminist reissues. Her book “Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves,” documenting 40 years of Bloodroot, the feminist work collective, vegetarian restaurant, and bookstore in Bridgeport, CT, was selected by the AIGA for 50 Books | 50 Covers, a competition honoring the best designed books of the year.

Emily teaches and lectures widely, including most recently at the University of Bridgeport, Wesleyan University, and Colorado College. In the past year, she has served as a visiting artist at Columbia University, University of Virginia, and Connecticut College. She joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in fall 2019.

A photo of Emily Larned.
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