Carrier Pigeon is a project-based art and design studio. We specialize in physical, geographical explorations of contemporary issues that revolve around making and journeying.

We believe in slow design, public art, deep-dive journalism, and the combination of personal narrative with academic research to highlight pressing contemporary issues. We believe that these issues need to be examined through many lenses (art, science, writing, travel) in order to be more fully understood.

CPS exist under the umbrella of the Solon Center for Research & Publishing, a 501c3 nonprofit that fosters literary and artistic communities in Maine and beyond through publications, research, onsite projects and workshops. We have launched our first project, based on the Mississippi River, and are now in our third phase. Read more about it on our projects page.

Who’s behind Carrier Pigeon?

Emily Cornell du Houx currently teaches at the Rhode Island School for Design (RISD) in the Furniture Design, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, and Textiles departments. She received her MFA from RISD in Sculpture and her BA from Amherst College in English. She is an ACP Grant recipient and was recently nominated for Boston St. Boltoph’s Award and a Pushcart Prize. She has illustrated over fifteen books and exhibited her artwork in many venues, including Rooster Gallery in New York. Her studio practice incorporates many mediums, from photography to writing, but it all focuses on the shifting landscape and our place in it. She has worked as an editor and co-director at the nonprofit publisher Polar Bear & Company for over ten years. She is an avid swimmer and boater and grew up on a river, where she developed a deep personal understanding of the ways that communities are shaped by bodies of water.

Morgan Rogers is a communications specialist and journalist with a passion for storytelling, environmental policy, and program development. For the past five years she has helped many organizations tell their story and get communities involved with their mission. It was during her time working at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators that Morgan became interested in the Mississippi River, its history and its culture, as she worked on water pollution legislation with local elected officials along the river. Morgan has traveled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, and South America, researching and writing about the intersection of art, environmental sustainability, and community.

Emily and Morgan have not lived on the Mississippi River, though they both grew up on rivers. Morgan spent her summers on the Kern and Emily on the Kennebec; their relationship to these rivers—one on the East Coast and the other on the West deeply shaped the way they understand the natural world and themselves. These experiences sparked an interest in America’s great River, the Mississippi. Read more about the project here.