Don Emrick attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. During graduate school he also studied fine art photography at OU’s School of Art.
After graduation he went to work for the Tulsa World newspaper and later the Tulsa Tribune. When the latter ceased publication he began teaching photography and graphic technology at Claremore State College (now Rogers State University) and started exhibiting his work in local and regional shows.
Since 1993 he has had numerous solo exhibits of his digital and film photography and participated in many group shows -- including one in Sheffield, England. His artwork encompasses and blends not only traditional photographic processes, but also alternative techniques and digital media. “I view my work as a continual exploration of photography and digital art, not only in relation to each other, but also in the concepts and contexts of the visual environment around us.”
Additionally he has been active in the arts community over the years. He has served on the Board for the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition since 2005 and is also a member of the Editorial Committee for OVAC’s Art Focus magazine.
He continues to teach both film and digital photography at Tulsa Community College. One of his latest projects involves using pinhole cameras to document construction of the new Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Hardesty Arts Center located in the Brady Arts District.