Emily J. Gómez is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She earned a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Loyola University Chicago in 1998 and went on to work as the staff photographer for a Metropolitan Detroit newspaper, The Spinal Column Newsweekly, for five years. In 2006, she earned an MFA with Distinction in Photography from the University of Georgia. A professor of art at Georgia College, she teaches darkroom, digital and alternative process photography. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia with her sculptor and sound artist husband, Ernesto R. Gómez and their dog, Maya.
Her most recent honors include an invitation to exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in the exhibition In Our Own Image: The Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye as well as the First Jurors Award, awarded by S. Gayle Stevens for Keowee Town, her cyanotype entry in the Altered Views International Alternative Process Exhibition at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for a Distinguished Fellowship at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, and a commission and purchase award from the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Her photograph Opening Moonflower (2nd in a series of 4) was published in the book Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation.