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Emily is a self-taught painter, printer and mixed media artist and a native Arizonan. Her art is inspired by her Mexican heritage; her paintings are strongly influenced by experiences that we all share; issues of identity, humor, life, love, death, spirituality, dreams and memories. Inspired by Mexican folk artists who make art from the heart and with whatever materials they have at hand, her mixed media and assemblages are created with found objects that are reassembled, reimagined and recreated into a new life and new meaning.
Having left her corporate job 11 years ago, she is now a full-time artist who has exhibited in solo and group shows in Arizona, California and New Mexico. She was featured in Phoenix Magazine’s February 2016 issue (“Leading the Way; We share 11 inspiring stories of remarkable women who are making a positive difference in our Valley”) and in the New Time’s culture blog, Jackalope Ranch’s 100 Creatives/2014.
In 2012 and 2016, BIC released special edition lighters featuring her art and the collection received an international Silver Pentaward for the creative development of Hispanic Culture Series Package Design.
Her art was selected for the cover and story illustrations for Arizona State University’s Latino/Chicana Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and Rutgers University Press “Complicated Lives: Girls, Parents, Drugs and Juvenile Justice.
Her paintings are included in the corporate collections of W.P. Carey School of Business/A.S.U. and Wells-Fargo, and on the sets of the ABC television show, Nashville.
In 2015, she was awarded the Alvin Pace Award by the City of Chandler Foundation for the Arts for her efforts in significantly supporting visual arts.
She recently served on the boards of Cultural Coalition, The City of Chandler’s Arts Commission, and the Artist Advisory Board for XICO Inc.
She is a member of the Phoenix Fridas art collective, teaches youth art classes at Vision Kidz, The Phoenix Art Museum, and for Free Arts of Arizona for Abused Children’s Professional Artist program.
From 2016-2017 she was the artist-in-residence at XICO, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes indigenous arts and education. She is currently the 2018-2019 artist-in-resident for the Arizona Lottery (the only residency of it’s kind in the United States).
The artist team of Costello/Moreno has been awarded the Valley/Metro South Phoenix Light Rail public art project which will be unveiled in 2020.
She is the co-owner of Mucho Mas Art Studio/Shop, www.muchomasartstudio.com
, which was recognized in July 2018 by Phoenix Magazine as the “Best Place to Shop for Latina Art in Phoenix”.
She was awarded the 2019 Arizona State University Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association’s Alberto Alvaro Rios Sange de Arte Award for creatively affecting the community through the arts.
She was named as one of the 2019 Latino entrepreneurs of the year by Cox Communications, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Presna Arizona.