Emily Brewton Schilling
Communications in the arts:
Emily started her freelance business in 1998, helping organizations define and promote their brands; engage their employees, customers, shareholders and constituents; and design and develop communications plans from strategy to fulfillment. From planning to design to site-building and copywriting, Emily serves as a one-stop shop.
Past corporate clients include Ancestry.com, Cspace.com, Forbes ASAP, Quokka Sports, NBCOlympics.com and Compaq Computer Corporation; however, Emily started her career in the nonprofit sector and currently specializes in communications support for arts, cultural and educational groups.
In 2008, she formed the James E. Brewton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization devoted to locating and preserving her father's artwork. Emily focuses on collaborative strategic communications planning, helping companies apply for tax-exempt status and maintain legal records and filings; identify donors and write grant proposals; and produce tactical communications like newsletters, as well as build websites and social media profiles.
Among clients and partners are Convergences Theatre Collective, The Modigliani Project and the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium.
Emily began writing professionally in 1986 as art critic and assistant editor for a weekly Philadelphia newspaper, the South Street Star. A year later, she was named public relations and program director for The Philadelphia Art Alliance, where she conceived, booked and promoted more than 40 programs a year, as well as handling overall public relations for the four Art Alliance galleries. During Emily's tenure, Art Alliance exhibitions were featured four times in The New York Times.
Moving on to work as public relations director for the Fulton Opera House, Emily also wrote on a freelance basis for Armstrong World Industries, joining the company full-time as an employee communications specialist in 1990. While at Armstrong, a Lancaster, Pa.-based manufacturing and sales company employing 30,000 people worldwide, she worked on brand and vision development and communication; regular employee communications, including the award-winning magazine, Armstrong Today; managing freelance writers, translators, and production of publications; speechwriting for the CEO and executives; training development and delivery; self-assessments and applications for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (the ceilings division won the award in 1995); and starting and managing the company's intranet and Armstrong Television Network.
From Lancaster, Emily moved to San Francisco to manage employee communications for Macy's West, then a 100-store division of Federated Department Stores. Accomplishments included revamping the employee newsletter, WestBound, coaching employees in writing and print production, and working on the design and implementation team for Macy's intranet. When a group of former Armstrong executives asked Emily to join their new quality-improvement team at Compag Computer Corporation, she left San Francisco for Houston.
At Compaq, she managed communications for quality and customer satisfaction, designing and delivering an intranet site, helping develop communications for employees brought in through the acquisitions of Tandem and Digital Equipment Corporation, and developing and communicating a system linking variable compensation with customer satisfaction. In 1998, Emily left Compaq (which remained a client) to start her own communications business.
Freelance Communications, New York, N.Y. (1998-present)
Compaq Computer Corporation - Manager, Communications, Corporate Quality and Customer Satisfaction. Houston, Texas. (1997-1998)
Federated Department Stores - Manager, Employee Communications, Macy’s West Division. San Francisco, Calif. (1996-1997)
Armstrong World Industries - Manager, Employee Publications, Lancaster, Pa. (1990-1996) Manager, Baldrige Award Communications, Building Products Operations (1995-1996)
Fulton Opera House Foundation - Public Relations Director. Lancaster, Pa. (1989-1990)
The Philadelphia Art Alliance - Public Relations and Program Director. Philadelphia, Pa. (1987-1989)
Moore College of Art
Franklin and Marshall College
University of Pennsylvania
The Authors Guild, Inc.
Catalogue Raisonne Scholars Association
Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC)
For art portfolio, click here.
Emily has been exhibiting her work since 1990 in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and in juried/curated shows online.
A few words of praise:
"That was a great speech!"
--President Bill Clinton, 1986
"Grace under pressure--and she cracked the nut at The New York Times!"
--Marilyn Goodman, Director,
The Philadelphia Art Alliance
"A diamond in the mine."
--Andy Goldblatt, Sales Manager, WMMR-FM
"Emily has done the seemingly impossible by elevating her performance even beyond the rarefied level she achieved. I cannot apply enough glowing superlatives.... Suffice it to say she has been superb."
--Joseph DiSanto, Employee Communications Manager, Armstrong World Industries
"Outstanding communication and organizational skills...."
--William W. Adams, President & CEO, Armstrong World Industries