Emily W. Arthur is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Arthur comes to UW-Madison after spending the past 14 years at the University of North Florida, where since 2010 she has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Art and Design, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Arthur spent the fall 2013 semester at UW-Madison as a visiting scholar with the Art Department in printmaking. Arthur received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has served as a Fellow at the Barnes Foundation for Advanced Theoretical and Critical Research, Pennsylvania. Additional education includes the Rhode Island School of Design and the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Arthur is the recipient of a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant provided by the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is awarded to the Notable Women in the Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Crocker Art Museum;  Museum of the American West, Autry Center;  Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts and the Denver Art Museum of Art.

Arthur has served as an International Artist in Residence in France and Japan with artists from the Diné/Navajo Nation. Arthur served in Italy at the 2011 Venice International Print Studios where she exhibited at the University of Ca” Foscari on Occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th International. International permanent collections include the nations of Iceland, Russia, Estonia, Ireland, France, Italy United Kingdom, India, Argentina, New Zealand, and Japan.

Feelings of loss suffuse this kind of memento mori, with a loosely rendered black bird juxtaposed next to a patterned chine-colle strip suggesting fading wallpaper.
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post Fine Arts Critic