Emily Ginsburg was born in New York, New York. She received her BA in Art History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1986 and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1991.

Her conceptually driven work maps the affective impact of everyday communicative transmissions through diverse media.  These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as commissioned for public art projects at Seattle City Light, Seattle Washington, Portland State University, Modera Buckman, and Cyan/Pdx in Portland, Oregon,  and at Foothills Elementary School through the Washington State Arts Commission.  Recent exhibitions include hard&soft at Congress Yards Projects, and New Ownership at Eutectic Gallery,

She has also been awarded various project grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and residencies  at Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, East Creek Art, SACI in Florence,  as well as in London, Brazil, and Finland.  Her work was published in: DATA FLOW, THE MAP AS ART and projects have been reviewed in Art Papers, Art US, and The 22 Magazine amongst others. Her research involves explorations into human behavioral patterns and how meaning is perpetually entangled with mass media platforms.  Her work manifests through painting, drawing, print media, objects, installation, animation, and video and sound.  

Ginsburg is currently Professor, and Chair of BFA Programs, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Department Head of the  Intermedia  Program, as well as Faculty  in the MFA in Visual Studies Program