Emily Van Engel was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She received a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University in 2001 and a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in 2012. Van Engel currently lives in Oakland, California. She completed a glass artist residency at the Bay Area Bullseye Projects Resource Center in the summer of 2016. Currently, she is a candidate for a Master’s in Pictorial Art at San Jose State University.