Emily Najera

Emily Najera


Visiting Professor

Office: 165 Lake Superior Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8178
E-mail: najerae@gvsu.edu

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Emily Najera joined GVSU in fall 2016 as a Visiting Professor of Photography. A GVSU alumna, Najera is a professional artist and educator. Prior to relocating back to Grand Rapids, Emily was the Program Director at Sierra Arts Foundation, an arts agency serving northern Nevada and northeastern California. Working at the state and local level, she created and managed programs promoting appreciation, excellence, accessibility, and participation in the arts. Emily served as a partner in education with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, co-developing an arts integration strategic plan for Washoe County School District in Reno, NV. She has worked in curatorial practices, exhibition design, grants management, and community arts development.

Her research as a photographer examines forms of architecture as artifacts of the past. Partnering with historic preservationists and urban planners, Emily documents and archives the changing landscape of working class neighborhoods. Najera received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Reno and her BA in Photography from Grand Valley State University.


MFA, Studio Art, University of Nevada, Reno

BA, Photography, Grand Valley State University


  • PHO 171 - Photography I
  • PHO 172 - Photography II
  • PHO 175 - Understanding Still Photography
  • PHO 266 - History of Photography 1
  • PHO 272 - Digital Photography 1
  • PHO 373 - Digital Photography 2


Emily Najera' Work

Emily Najera's Work

Emily Najera's Work

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