Emily Watson-Rice

Emily W.

Marengo, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Emily has been working in the Chicago art world for over 20 years. Beginning her career as the Manager of the Kohl Museum she went on to become the teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Manager of the Marshall Fields Fine Art Gallery, and Director & Curator of Atlas Galleries. Simultaneously she built her own successful company, Gossamer Arts; an art consulting company that trains artists in the business of art and an e-commerce store selling art pedestals and picture lights. Emily is also an accomplished dancer and artist. She creates unique lace dyed silk veils for fellow belly dancers all over the world. And as a member of the International Mezzotint Society she has exhibited her mezzotint prints at several museum & gallery exhibitions worldwide.

About Emily W.

Some of you know me by my stage name- Freya, others of you know me as Emily. For the past 20+ years I've lived a double life...by day I was the Curator & Director of Atlas Galleries, a major fine art gallery in Chicago, by night I was a bellydancer & artist. I worked very hard to keep those two lives separate.

Now I've left the gallery world to teach artists everything I learned along the way. I started Gossamer Arts to help artists run their art careers as a successful business. I offer in person and online Master Classes, private consulting & mentoring.

I've added belly dance classes to Gossamer Arts so I can guide people to develop confidence, strength, & grace through dance. My classes are fun, challenging & empowering. Classes are available in person in Rockford IL, Marengo IL, Chicago IL, & Crystal Lake IL or you can join any of these classes from anywhere in the world with my online class option. I also offer private lessons in person & online.

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Experience

Master Instructor: Bellydance
Sep 2019 - Present

Womanspace

Director
Jan 2016 - Present

Gossamer Arts

Director & Curator
Nov 2003 - Nov 2017

Atlas Galleries

Bellydance Soloist
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015

Hafla for Humanity Chicago

Founding Member
Jan 2008 - Jan 2014

Black Silk Road bellydance troupe

Bellydance Soloist
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Beast Woman

Bellydance Soloist
Jun 2011 - Jun 2011

Tribal Revolution

Bellydance Soloist
Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

Angels & Absinthe with Ariella

Bellydance Soloist
Jun 2010 - Jun 2010

Raks Gothic

Bellydance Performer
Jun 2009 - Jun 2009

Raqs Gothic 3

Manager
Nov 2000 - Nov 2003

Marshal Fields Fine Art Gallery

Director
Nov 1999 - Nov 2000

Watson Art Education

Teaching Artist
Sep 1999 - Jun 2000

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Manager
Nov 1996 - Nov 1999

Kohl Children's Museum

Education

Creative Writing Continuing Education
Sep 2015 - May 2016

University of Chicago Graham School of Business

Bellydance
May 2004 - Aug 2014

Arabesque Dance School

Bellydance workshop
Oct 2012 - Oct 2012

Mardi Love

Bellydance workshop intensive
Jun 2011 - Jun 2011

Tribal Revolution

Bellydance workshop
Mar 2011 - Mar 2011

Tempest & Ariella

Bellydance
Mar 1999 - Sep 2004

Jasmin Jahal School of Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 1992 - May 1996

Calvin College

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