After receiving her BA at New York University’s Gallatin School for Independent Study, Emily Zimmerman acted in various roles for adventurous non-profit arts organizations in New York, including Location One and Creative Time. In 2004, she became a research assistant for Art and the Moving Image and a curatorial assistant to Tanya Leighton at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Emily co-curated Hyper-runt with Ebon Fisher in 2004 and curated the online exhibition Alphaville Under Construction in 2005 for InLiquid. While living in Philadelphia she also coordinated multiple community art events and wrote for publications such as Art Matters. From 2005 to 2007 she attended the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, where she co-curated Reshuffle: Notions of an Itinerant Museum and presented her thesis exhibition From Rest to Rest, which examined the relationship between embodiment and digital media through the work of four artists—Ricci Albenda, Peter Campus, David Rokeby, and Peter Rose.
Emily is currently Assistant Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), where she curated Slow Wave: Seeing Sleep, a three-day festival devoted to the art and science of sleep, and Uncertain Spectator, an exhibition examining anxiety in contemporary art. Emily was recently awarded a curatorial residency at Space Bandee in Busan, Korea for two weeks in October. She was also named a 2011-2012 Loris Ledis Curatorial Fellow at BRIC Contemporary Art, where she will show So To Speak, an exhibition devoted to the translation of images to words in March of 2012.