Photo: Jordon Hon

Hey, I’m Emily!
Illustrator & Visual Artist 

I was born in Beijing and currently live in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton, Canada). My illustrations have received awards from national and international illustration competitions such as 3x3 Contemporary Illustration Professional Show, American Illustration, and Applied Arts. I am also a recent recipient of the 2021 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award.

I am also passionate about Chinatown storytelling, preserving heritage and lived experiences of Chinatown through art-community projects. I started Chinatown Greetings in 2021, a platform for artists to share Chinatown stories, using artistic expression to amplify and call for community care in Chinatown.

I also currently serve on the Edmonton Arts Council Equity Committee. And co-organized the Royal Bison Art & Craft fair between 2018 - May 2022.

I love drawing in my sketchbook. I host a local sketchclub and released a publication of drawings titled #OnLocationYEG in 2019.

My upcoming youth non-fiction “Get Out and Vote” will be released through Orca Books on March, 14th,  2023!



Let’s work together! ︎

Email inquiries to:
heyemilychu@gmail.com 
 





CLIENT LIST
3.7% YEG
Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) 
Alberta Views Magazine
Alberta Worker’s Health Centre
Apple Magazine 
ATB Financial
Avenue Magazine Edmonton
Avenue Magazine Calgary
Calgary Immigration Women's Association (CIWA)
Campus Food Bank

CCA (Governor General's Literary Awards)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Chatelaine
Chinese Benevolent Association
Chinatown Transformation Collaborative (CTC)
Citadel Theatre
The City of Edmonton
City of Beaumont (BSRC)
CJSR FM
Creativo Surface Design 
The Edmonton Arts Council
Edmonton Community Foundation (Legacy In Action)
Edmonton Community Development Company
Edify Magazine
Eighteen Bridges Literary Magzine
Fringe Theatre (Chinook Series)
Glass Buffalo Magazine (University of Alberta)
Glass Bookshop
GrainsWest Magazine
Hungry Zine
Kunitz Shoes
MacEwan University (MAVEN)
Maclean’s Magazine
Multicultural Family Resource Societ (MRFS)
LEAP Magazine
Little Plant Shop
Loblaws
Logic & Lifestyle 
Lo Know (Formerly Carto Media)
New Tribe Magazine
Orca Book Publishers
Readers Digest
The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair
Serious Labs Inc.
Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
smART (University of Calgary)
Social Enterprise Fund Publication
Spruce Avenue Community League
Stephen Magazine
Telus Storyhive
University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre
Vox Media (Eater)
Where Magazine

AWARDS & GRANTS
2022 - Canada Council for the Arts, Research + Creation Grant
2022 - 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 19 Professional Show Winner - Merit Award
2022 - Edmonton Arts Council, Major Project Grant
2021 - Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award Recipient (EAC)
2021 - Yorath House Artist Residency (EAC/City of Edmonton)
2021 - 3x3 Illustration, Annual No. 18 Professional Show - Honorable Mention
2021 - EAC Individual Artist Grant (Artist Research)
2020 - Alberta Magazine Awards - Nomination
2020 - American Illustration 39 (Chosen - Work/Life Balance)
2020 - American Illustration 39 (Chosen - Envy)
2020 - Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant
2019 - 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 16 Professional Show Winner - Merit Award
2019 - Edmonton Arts Council CIP Artist Grant
2018 - Edmonton Arts Council Travel Grant
2018 - Edmonton Arts Council Artist Project Grant
2018 - Capital Awards, Award of Excellence, Poster (EAC)
2016 - #YEGCanvas 2 Public Art Selections  
Applied Arts Illustration Award (Young Blood)
smART Branding Contest Winner (University of Calgary)
Visual Arts Alberta Scholarship ChalkWalk Street Art - First Place (ACAD)




COMMUNITY
2018 - 2022 - The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair Organizer
2021 - Edmonton Arts Council Equity Committee
2020, 2021 - Alberta Book Publishing Awards Design (Jury)
2020 - StayhomeanddrawYEG
2019 - OnLocationYEG Public Sketchclub
2018 - GDC Portfolio Reviewer (Volunteer)
2018 - GDC Artist Mentorship / Sexual Assault Poster (Volunteer)
2016-2018 - Edmonton Digital Arts College, Illustration Instructor
2017 - Metro Education, Painting Instructor

MURALS
2022 - Loblaws, Ice District (In Progress)
2022 - Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre (In Progress)
2022 - Spruce Avenue Community League
2021 - Beaumont Sports & Recreation Centre
2021 - ATB Mural Red Deer North Gaetz
2020 - ATB Mural Edmonton Corporate


BOOKS
Shape The Future / Orca Think Series (March 2023)
On-LocationYEG (2018)

PRESS
YEGPeople Interview (2022)
Keys 2 The City Interview (2022)
Edify Artists At Work (2022)
Global Edmonton Chinatown Greetings Feature (2021)
Edify Feature September Issue (2021)
City of Edmonton #RestlessYEG (2021)
EAC #Iamyegarts (2021)
Global News Edmonton Interview for #StayhomeanddrawYEG (2020)
CBC Radio EdmontonAM Interview (2020)
Global News Feature #OnLocationYEG (2019)
CBC RadioActive Interview #OnLocationYEG (2019)
Women in Canadian Design (WICD) Interview (2019)
Gifted Gift Catalog, by Edmonton Made (2018)
EAC Grant Recipient Interview (2018)
Avenue Magazine Edmonton Artist Interview (2018)
Where Magazine Featured Artist Spotlight (2017)
That's So Maven Podcast Interview (August, 2017)
Rosa & Lilium #GetReal Interview (March, 2017)
HYMN Graphic Novels / Kickstarter Funded (2015)

MARKETS
The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair
Market Collective
Interstellar Rodeo
Curated. Market
Hand2Hand Market
Undercover Books
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Calgary Comic Expo
Edmonton Comic Expo
OnTheSpot Pop-Ups (Latitide 53)
HardCopy Zine Fair
Calgary Stampede Western Showcase
Craft Banque (St. Albert Art Gallery)
Make It! Edmonton
124 Grand Market
The Witchery Market
Experience Jasper Avenue

STOCKISTS
Tix on the Square
Glass Bookshop
Royal Alberta Museum
Little Plant Shop
Majesty and Friends  
Wildcrafted Merchantile (BC)
Gifted Catelog 2018 (Edmonton Made)
Gifted Catelog 2019 (Edmonton Made)  

Audrey’s Books
The Prints & the Paper










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