Native Oklahoman Emily Burton spent the past 15 years exploring multiple disciplines spanning the globe. Highlights from her career include cataloging rare mollusks for the Harvard Museum of Natural History, writing human interest stories for the English-language magazine The Reykjavik Grapevine and producing fashion / art / music events and content focusing on environmentally sustainable and American-made products for Lizard Lounge, an apparel retailer.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin. She spent her senior year in college studying abroad at the University of Bristol in England, focusing on maritime archaeology and medieval settlements in Northern Europe. Emily’s love for the arts stems from studying and performing violin with various classical and non-classical groups for over 20 years. Her interests have expanded to all forms of artistic expression, from the ancient to contemporary times.
Emily believes that art is one of the most important tools for human exploration, connection and understanding. She advocates for diversity, innovation and inclusivity in the arts in Oklahoma. She is hopeful that Oklahoma City will be a new leader in supporting artists and their communities through Oklahoma Contemporary.
Emily enjoys playing electric violin, collecting 78 rpm records, geocaching and reading about lost seafaring civilizations in the arctic. She lives in downtown Oklahoma City with her pet ring-necked dove, Atticus.
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