Emily Dierkes Rohrer was born in New York City in 1984. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 2006 with a BFA in painting, receiving the Hiram Gee Senior Painting Award. She spent her junior year at Syracuse's campus in Florence, focusing on art history and antique painting techniques. In Spring 2011, she received a Kempinski Young Arts Support Fellowship and was artist in residence at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel in city center Moscow. She has shown in galleries in Baltimore, Syracuse, Greenbelt, Florence, Italy, and Moscow, Russia. Emily received her MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from Towson University in May 2017. She currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, her hometown since 1989 where she teaches high school art.