This is the fifth post in a series to introduce the participating printmakers and their collaborators for the 2016 edition of the Intersecting Methods Portfolio. Every two weeks, into mid-December, a new profile of a collaborative pair will be posted. This segment profiles Amze Emmons, Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and his collaborator, Jeremy Teissere.
Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals.
Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other locations. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and non-profit institutions. Emmons has received several noteworthy awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council; and a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. His work has received critical attention in Art in Print, The Huffington Post, Itsnicethat.com, Coolhunting.com, New American Paintings, as well as many other print publications. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Emmons is also a co-founder of the popular art blog, lately turned art producing group, Printeresting.org.
Jeremy Alden Teissere is a neuroscientist with a longstanding interest in the biochemical basis of drug action in the central nervous system. He is particularly interested in resolving the molecular architecture and ‘choreography’ of drug-receptor interactions, particularly for anxiety-reducing and sleep-promoting drugs, hormones, and plant extracts. His research laboratory uses a multidisciplinary approach – including biochemical, physiological, and anthropological approaches – to expand and more fundamentally describe altered states of consciousness and their therapeutic regulation. He interests in neuroscience also broadly center on the relationship of experimental abstraction to empirical studies of consciousness, particularly the use of metaphor, symbol, and gesture to make the largely invisible phenomena of the brain visible.
Teissere received a BA in English from Willamette University and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (from which he was recently the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award). He has held an National Institutes of Health (NIH) -funded postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Mellon Foundation, and the Sentience Foundation. He is the inaugural Stanley Road Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.