“I was looking for new ideas – for paintings I could respect – for work that would make me feel jealous.” — Philip Pearlstein, on his choice of prizes, including First Prize for Emily Barnett’s painting, “Lawrence and Miriam”, for the “Contemporary Portraits from the Northeast” exhibition

“(Emily Barnett’s) 'My Father' reveals an uncommon talent tackling a straightforward figure study and carrying it off with the aplomb of an accomplished master. It’s a dazzling performance on any number of levels.” — Theodore F. Wolff, The Christian Science Monitor

“Barnett has painted it (‘Life and Art in the Studio’) without pretension. But this is also a serious, ambitious work, with references…to Barnett’s hero artists: Titian, Goya, Kathe Kollwitz, Giorgio Morandi, Alice Neel. …it’s Barnett’s easy naturalism – strong drawing, supple sense of light and shadow, and confident brushwork – that gives it strength. It lives up to its title.” — Margaret Moorman, Newsday

“Emily Barnett is painterly in a way that not everybody who puts paint to canvas can be said to be…there is no governing sketch and no drawing that she has to fill in. Forms emerge from nets, flashes, and pools of provisional color and surface. As she continues working, the colors become more precise as signifiers but without losing their improvisatory juiciness.” — Lawrence Alloway, Art Critic, Author and Former Head Curator at The Guggenheim Museum


Emily Barnett is a painter and printmaker who has exhibited in museums and galleries in New York and throughout the U.S. She has received numerous honors including the Thomas B. Clarke Award from the National Academy of Design, the City of Seattle Print Purchase Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend, the Millay Colony Artist Residence Grant, the Medal of Honor from the National Association of Women Artists and a First Prize in Contemporary Portraiture from Philip Pearlstein. Recently, her work has appeared in the 2010 and 2012 Long Island Biennials. Barnett has been reviewed in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has been featured on the television series “The Originals” and “Long Island Art Scene”. Her work is in public and private collections, including the City of Seattle, Zimmerli Art Museum, Adelphi University, the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island Collection at Siena College, West Publishing Company and Nassau Community College. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and currently teaches at Parsons The New School of Design.