Emilie Gossiaux (b. 1989, New Orleans, LA) graduated in 2014 with a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, and is currently pursuing her MFA in the Yale University School of Art’s Sculpture Department.
Since losing her vision in 2010, Gossiaux’s altered experience of the world has seen her practice grow - finding inspiration in dreams, memories, sensuality, and non-visual sensory perceptions. Relying solely on her sense of touch and proprioception, she demonstrates a profound sensitivity towards texture, space, and material. Alongside her studio practice, Gossiaux works as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Access and Community programs. She co-teaches a studio class for blind and visually impaired visitors in the Met’s Seeing Through Drawing program and has led gallery tours for general audiences exploring cross-sensory themes with the museum’s permanent collection.
Gossiaux’s work has featured in numerous shows at The Cooper Hewitt (New York, NY), Pippy Houldsworth (London, UK), The Smithsonian Institute of Art (Washington, DC), The Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), Recess Art (New York, NY), StoreFrontLab (San Francisco, CA), Maw Gallery (New York, NY), and the Dedalus Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), among others. She has won several honors and awards, including The John F. Kennedy Center’s VSA Prize for Excellence in 2013, the Elliot Lash Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sculpture in 2014, and was awarded the Dumfries House Residency in Scotland by the Royal Drawing School in 2018.