Emma Hirst (b.1988) was born and raised in Oakland, California and has always had a passion for Representationalism. After creating art as a hobby her entire life, she was introduced to Anthony Waichulis’ artwork at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California- just across the bay from where she grew up. This sparked an unexpected journey into what is now the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. After studying at The Waichulis Studio in 2006 for three weeks as a part of her senior project for Drew High School, she went on to study Political Science for two years at Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts at The New School University in New York. Deciding that this wasn’t for her, she began to follow her true passion for art and began the Waichulis program full time. Emma graduated from the program in the fall of 2015. 

Emma has been featured in several successful exhibitions and noted publications. She continues to exhibit with Studio Gallery in San Francisco, CA, John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Rehs Contemporary Galleries Inc. in New York, NY.


Awards & Publications

  • 2010- ARC Salon Finalist
  • 2011- Strokes of Genius 4: Exploring Line
  • 2012- ARC Salon Finalist
  • 2013- 1st Place in the Drawing Category of Artist's Magazine's All Media Competition
  • 2013- 4th Place ARC Scholarship Recipient
  • 2013- Strokes of Genius 6: Values Light and Dark
  • 2014- Drawing Magazine's Shades of Gray Honorable Mention
  • 2015- Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under 31 Young Artists to Collect Now
  • 2015- American Art Collector Magazine April Issue
  • 2016- Artist's Magazine November Issue
  • 2017- Grand Central Atelier Still Life Compitetion Finalist

 

Exhibitions

Capturing Realism, 2009- Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Misericordia University, Dallas PA.

Capturing Realism, 2011- Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Misericordia University, Dallas PA.

Tiny, 2013 - Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Delicious, 2013- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Capturing Realism, 2013- Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Misericordia University, Dallas PA.

The Big Gamble, 2013-Rehs Contemporary Galleries New York, NY

Water Front, 201 - Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Heroes, Villains & Myths, Legends, 2014- Rehs Contemporary Galleries New York, NY.

Delicious, 2014- Studio Gallery  San Francisco, CA

Drawings, 2014- John Pence Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Sexes, 2015- Rehs Contemporary Gallery  New York, NY.

Cityscapes, 2015- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Capturing Realism, 2015- Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Misericordia University, Dallas PA.

Delicious, 2015- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Still Life and Florals, 2015- John Pence Gallery San Francisco, CA.

Terrain, 2016- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA

Plus One, 2016- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA

Still Life and Floral, 2016- John Pence Gallery San Francisco, CA

Terrain, 2017- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA

Delicious, 2017- Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA