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      "Emily created a beautiful painting to accompany my short story in a journal. I was astonished when I first saw it by how well it matched the setting and details of my story, which takes place in an Italian hotel room. Her use of color and light is extraordinary. It’s an absolute delight to look at, and it adds another dimension to my story, another way in."

                                          --Cheryl Pappas


visual art exhibitions

Poets from Elsewhere 2021

Persimmon Tree Journal


February 2020, Valentine Show

August House, Chicago, IL 

September 2019, Peace, Love & Understanding

Gallery 1070, Chicago, IL

September 2019, 48th Ward Art Wall

Chicago, IL  

January 2019, Weather the Weather

Highland Park City Hall, Highland Park, IL

September 2018 Beverly Art Walk, 

Americanos Restaurant, Chicago, IL 

September 2018, Voices & Visions

Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL 

May 2018, The Emergent Garden

Gallery 1070, Chicago, IL 

May 2018, Uptown Poetry & Smith Wall Poems

Green Mill Jazz Lounge, Chicago, IL

February 2018, Morpho Gallery

Chicago, IL 

October 2017, Poems & Paint

Green Mill Jazz Lounge, Chicago, IL

October 2017, Poems & Paint

Green Mill Jazz Lounge, Chicago, IL

May 2017, St. Charles ArtsFest

Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL

June 2016, 2017 Elmhurst Arts Summer Show Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

June 2016, LEXICON

Zhou B Art Center, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL

May 2016, Flora & Fauna

August House Gallery, Chicago, IL

April 2016, Not Your Grandma’s Poetry

Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL

March 2016, Poetry with Vision

Loyola University, Chicago, IL

August 2016, How We Move

Expressions Graphics, Oak Park, IL

May 2015, Art Exhibition and Performance Women and Children First Books, Chicago, IL

October 2014, Shambhala Sun Fundraiser

Online Gallery/Auction

October 2010, 2014, Waterworks 2015, 2016

Ed Hinkley Studio, Chicago, IL

December 2013, Dr. Holiday’s Artful Cures

August House Gallery Chicago, IL

January 2013, Shambhala Sun Fundraiser

Online Gallery/Auction

May 2011, Women Made Gallery Words & Pictures Chicago, IL

December 2009, John J. Shedd Aquarium Chicago, IL

July 2001, 2002, L’art de Fontenay Le Comte Fontenay Le Comte, France

Published Art

October 2021, 2022 East on Central

Print literary journal


August 2021 Persimmon Tree

How We Move Through Generations


April 2021, Flash Frog

Room #5 and Dragon's Teeth


October 2020, East on Centrral  - Volume 19

How We Move in Circles

September 2020, Standing in the Need of Prayer

Edited by Nikki Giovanni, Illustrated by Emily Calvo

All illustrations (Cover and internal art)

October  2019 , 2021 Women Artists Datebook

Determination, How We Move to Grow

Syracuse Cultural Workers


Spring 2018, Subprimal Poetry & Art

How We Move in the Face of the Hollow Man

June 2018, Writer City Review

Not Unlike Sheep


April 2019, Adding Poems to Art: A Demonstration

Chicago Poetry Festival

Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL



2009 - Present, Ed Hinkley Studio, Chicago, IL


2013 Palette & Chisel Chicago, IL

2000 - 2001, Oak Park Art Center, Oak Park, IL




Chicago Artist Coalition

Elmhurst Art Museum

Woman Made Gallery

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