E d u c a t i o n

2007 Master of Fine Arts, Painting / San Francisco Art Institute

1973 Bachelor of Arts, With Distinction, in Art / Visual Design / Stanford University

H o n o r s & A w a r d s

2019 Artist residency / Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA

2018 Artist residency / Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

2014,15, & 17 PLAYA fellowship, artist residencies / Summer Lake, OR

2015 Artist residency / Capital City Arts Initiative, Virginia City, NV

2009 Best of Show, “A Celebration of the Arts” / Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA

2006 Cadogan Fellowship / San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2005 Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship / New York, NY

2003 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship / Wolf Kahn, sponsor

2001 Project Grant / McLean Foundation, Fortuna, CA

2000, 03 Project Grants / North Coast Cultural Trust, Eureka, CA

1995 Artists Grant / Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV

1995 Governor’s Purchase (eight paintings), Carson City, NV

1993 Volunteer of the Year / Pioneer Human Services / Sedro Woolley, WA

1985 Winner / Artists’ Competition for the Palouse Peace Prize Commission, Pullman, WA

S e l e c t e d  S o l o  E x h i b i t i o n s

2019 “On the Mojave Road“ / Kelso Depot, Mojave National Preserve Visitor Center Gallery, Kelso, CA

2017 “Stomping Grounds” / ReCreative Denver Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 “Counterpane” / Museum of Northeastern Nevada, Elko, NV

2015 “Counterpane” / Piante Gallery, Eureka CA and Saint Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV

2014 McKinley Arts and Culture Center / Reno, NV

2013 Paintings / BRIC Building Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, NV

2013Paintings / Robert Goodman Wines, Arcata, NV

2010 “Periphery: Ten Walks at the Edge of Las Vegas” / Springs Preserve, Las Vegas

2009 “Coyote Heights” / Piante / Eureka, CA

2007 “Ranging” / OXS Gallery / Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, NV

2005 “Water/Desert/Spirit” / Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, NV

2004 "Desert Etudes" / Metro Gallery, Reno, NV

2003 "Desert Etudes" / Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA

2002 "Windows" / Nevada State Library & Archives, Carson City, NV

2002 "Nevada Traces" / The Painting Center, New York, NY

2000 "Neva" / Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV

2000 "Transition"/ Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

1999 “New Watercolor Explorations” / Sun Mountain Gallery, Virginia City, NV

1997 Recent Paintings / LXS Gallery / Nevada State Legislature, Carson City, NV

1997 Recent Paintings & Drawings / Valhalla, South Lake Tahoe, CA

1995,97 Paintings, Drawings / Western Nevada Community College Gallery, Carson City, NV

1994 Recent Rosary Paintings / C.I.T.Y. 2000 Gallery, Reno, NV

1992 “Rosary” / Paper Stones Gallery, Anacortes, WA

1992 “Wall of Regrets” Washington Department of Corrections, Olympia, WA

1986 Skiathos Drawings / Spokane City Hall Gallery, Spokane, WA

1984 Oil Paintings / Gallery II, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1981,84 Watercolors / NICA Gallery, Pullman, WA

1978 Hyde Street Pier Drawings / Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

S e l e c t e d  G r o u p  E x h i b i t i o n s

2021 “Mojave” / Channel Islands Studio, Camarillo, CA

2016 “Sediments, Sequences, Solitude” / Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR

2015,2016 “Here and There: Topographical Conversations with Morris Graves” / Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA and Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

2014 “The Horse” / Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA

2013 “Northwest Passages” / Quercus Gallery, Oakland, CA

2013 “Sum of the Parts” / College of the Redwoods Gallery, Eureka, CA

2011 AquaMiami, with Conrad Wilde Gallery / Miami, FL

2011 “Mapable” / SpaceCamp Microgallery, Indianapolis, IN

2011 “Abstractions 2011” / Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA

2010 “Geological Time” / Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2008-2011 Faculty Exhibitions, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

2009 “A Celebration of the Arts” / Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA

2007 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition / San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2007 “The Sky Is the Limit”, Courthouse Gallery, Yerington, NV

2006 Junque Art & Member Exhibitions / Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

2006 “Untitled,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2005 “Dirt, Dust, Danger,” Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

2004,2005 North Coast Open Studios / Humboldt County, CA

2002 "Intimate Passages" / Ink People Gallery, Eureka, CA

2002 Arizona Aqueous / Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2001, 2006 Humboldt Arts Council Juried Member Exhibitions / Morris Graves Museum of Art,

1999 “The Notion of Motion” / Laguna Art Museum R & S Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

1998 “Cairns, Quilts, Contact"/ Ink People Gallery, Eureka, CA (Emily Silver, curator)

1997 Women on Women on the Comstock”/ Sun Mountain Artworks, Virginia City,NV

1993 Northwest Women / Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

1989 “Women in Washington: First 100 Years” / Pacific Lutheran Univ., Tacoma, WA

1984-88 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibitions / WSU Museum of Fine Arts, WSU, Pullman, WA

1987 Washington-Oregon All Media Exhibition / Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA

1984 Silver & Holland Recent Watercolors / Lucy Gallery, Spokane, WA

1984 Paper in Particular / Columbia College, Columbia, MO

1983 Drawings & Watercolors / Foster-White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1983 “The Artists of Mt. St. Helens” / WSU Museum of Fine Arts, WSU, Pullman, WA

1982 Group Show / Rubicon Gallery, Los Altos, CA

C o l l e c t i o n s

Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (ret) and Judge Pat Hofstetter (ret), Ferndale, CA

Bill Pierson, Eureka, CA

Del Norte County Department of Social Services, Crescent City, CA

Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA

Western Nevada Community College, Carson City, NV

Spokane School District #81, Spokane, WA

Northshore School District, Bothell, WA

Washington State Senator Pat & Maxine Patterson

State of Nevada (Governor Bob & Sandy Miller purchase)

S e l e c t e d   B i b l i o g r a p h y

Jean-Marie Simpson Emily Silver Interview,, November 2008

Staff writer Eureka Times-Standard, "Transition: A Sense of Place," August 4, 2000

Staff writer Encore, “. . .A Fine Painter Shows At City Hall,” Summer 1994

Wulff, Jane Elder Washington magazine, “Palettes of the Palouse,” July/August 1987

Reynolds, Dawn Lewiston Morning Tribune, “Self-Portraits,” January 1987

Staff writer Pullman Herald, “Peace Prize Raises Voices Against War,” March 1986

Watkinson, Patricia Art Journal, “Mount St. Helens: An Artistic Aftermath,” Fall 1984

P u b l i c a t i o n s

Featured Artist Catamaran litererary & arts journal, Volume I #4, 2013

Arts Editor & theatre reviews, Ferndale Enterprise, Ferndale, CA

“Art Auctions: To Donate or Not to Donate,” Eureka Times Standard, May 27, 2006

“Arts Everyday”, monthly column & theatre reviews, The Ferndale Enterprise, 2003-present

A r t  R e l a t e d  E m p l o y m e n t


2007-present Associate Faculty in Drawing & Painting / College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

2009, 2010 Lecturer in Drawing / Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

2008, 2001 Instructor / Watercolor Workshops / Sierra Nevada College, NV

  • Contract Art Instructor / Ferndale Elementary School, Ferndale, CA

1998-2003 Contract Artist / Pelican Bay State Prison, Crescent City, CA

1994-98 Instructor / Drawing, Watercolor, & Painting / Western Nevada Community College & its Prison Program / Carson City, NV

1995 Nevada Arts in Education In-Service Co-Leader / Nevada Arts Council, Elko, NV

1994-95 Art Instructor / Kingsbury Middle School, Zephyr Cove, NV

1993 Instructor / Watercolor & Design / Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

1981-88 Coordinator & Instructor for Program in Graphic Design & Illustration / Department of Fine Arts, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1982 Instructor of Watercolor / Pullman Parks & Recreation, Pullman, WA

Instructor of Drawing in Nature / Elderhostel, WSU, Pullman, WA

1979 Instructor of Scientific Illustration / UC Extension, San Francisco

Teaching Residencies

1994–2009 Artist-in-Residence / Roster Artist for Nevada Arts Council A-I-R Program

2003 Artist-in-Residence / Arts Everyday at Ferndale Elementary, Ferndale, CA

1998–99 Artist-in-Residence / Rio Dell Elementary, Art Line, HSU, Arcata, CA

1990–92 Artist-in-Residence / Washington State Arts Commission A-I-R Program

Volunteer & Community Work

2000–2004 Art and the Twelve Steps Group Leader / 4 treatment centers, Eureka, CA

2000-2004 Arts Everyday / founder & president / youth arts programming, Ferndale, CA

2001 Consultant / landscape design / Wells Family Resource Center, Wells, NV

1994 Art Instructor & Mentor / Scarselli Elementary School,Gardnerville, NV

  • Art Facilitator / Pioneer Center North / addiction treatment center, WA

Design Experience

1975-94 Principal / Emily Silver Illustration & Design and Silver Fine Book Design

1979-80 Senior Graphic Designer of Publications / Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA

1973-75 Graphic Designer / William O’Brien, Roy Ritola, Inc., San Francsico, CA

1973 Art Director / Moorhead Marketing, Palo Alto, CA

Intern / Ira Stone Advertising, Palo Alto, CA

P r o f e s s i o n a l  A c t i v i t i e s

Curatorial: “Sum of the Parts” / College of the Redwoods Gallery, Eureka, CA (2013)

“Nine Square Grid” / Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2005)

"Art and Recovery" / Ink People, Eureka, CA (2002)

“Cairns, Quilts, Contact” / Ink People, Eureka, CA (1999)

Inmate Art Exhibitions:

Inside Out / WNCC / (1997) Carson City, NV

Razor Wire / Sun Mountain Gallery, Virginia City, NV (1995)

Workshop leader: Continuing Watercolor / Silver Studio, Ferndale, California (2011-12)

Arts All Ways Conferences / Nevada Arts Council, NV (1997, 1998) China Springs Youth Camp summer camp / Zephyr Cove, NV (1995)

Sierra Arts Foundation / Reno, NV (1995)

Very Special Arts Nevada / Reno, NV (1994)

Lectures: “Artist’s Showcase” / OLLI, Humboldt State University (2016)

“Plein Aire Painting” / Fortuna Arts Council, Fortuna, CA (2011)

"Art for Peace” / Sane Peace Forum, Pullman, WA (1988)

Memberships: Rostered Artist / Nevada Arts Council, Arts in Education

College Art Association

Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA

Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV

Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, CA

Desert Survivors

Leadership: Secretary, Board of Directors, Humboldt Arts Council (2012-2015)

Member, Russ Park Committee / Ferndale Town Council

President, Arts Everyday, Ferndale, CA

Scotia Band Board of Directors (2006-2008)

Carson City, NV organization (1997)

Secretary, Pullman Main Street Design Team, Pullman, WA (1986-1988)

"What I was really up to in painting, what I enjoyed almost exclusively, was altering–changing what was before me–by way of subtracting or juxtaposition or superimposition of different ideas." — Richard Diebenkorn