Emily Zimmerman has worked extensively in the context of universities, most recently as the Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, and, prior to that, as the Associate Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her time at EMPAC, Zimmerman commissioned new pieces from artists such as Melvin Moti, Gordon Hall, and Marie Sester, and she curated the exhibitions Uncertain Spectator (2010) and Slow Wave: Seeing Sleep (2009). Zimmerman received the 2011-2012 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship at BRIC Contemporary Art and served as a 2013 curator-in-residence at Residency Unlimited. Her writings have appeared in BOMB, Big, Red & Shiny, and Contemporary Performance. She has served on a number of review panels including the New York State Council on the Arts and the Herb Alpert Awards. She is a board member for the Wave Farm.
Zimmerman holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA (focus on Art History) from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.