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Christopher Willey

  • Art
I am an Art Professional

artist bio

Education:
2009 MFA in New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2004 BFA in Drawing, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2003 Summer Studies, Burren College of Art, County Claire, Ireland
2001 Summer Studies, Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy
1999 Pre-college, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rockford, IL

Solo Exhibitions:
2012 Beasts of Burden, EFFJAY PROJECTS, Sheboygan, WI (June, 2012)
2011 Frontier, Prairie Street Gallery, Rockford, IL
2007 Community, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2006 Again, Again, & Again, Mode Gallery, Davenport, IA


Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 Interact, Prairie Street Gallery, Rockford, IL
Out of the Suitcase IV, Fredrick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
On and Off Capitol, Vanguard Sculpture Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2010 Emerging Artists Show, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI
Bi-Annual Faculty Show, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2009 Reconnection, Fredrick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
237.5, Former Paper Boat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
To Here Knows When, Untitled Gallery, Sausalito, CA
2008 5 (1 + 1) + 6 = >> 16, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Alternative Context at Tony Labat�¢ï¿½ï¿½s BULK, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
2006 Contained Art, Galerie Sei-un-do, Zurich, Switzerland
Marriage Home and Family: International Juried Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Shelters, Vistas and New Contexts: Staff Juried Exhibition, Riverlevel Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
25th National Print Exhibition, Silvermine Arts Guild, New Canaan, CT

Awards:
2012 First Year Student Success Award, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
University Grant, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
2011 Professional Development Grant, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
Project Grant, In:Site Public Art Works, Milwaukee, WI
Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
2007 - 2009 MFA Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2006 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Monetary Stipend, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
2002 & 2004 Paul Delisle Grant, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2000 - 2004 Half-Tuition Scholarship, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI

Academic Appointments:
2009 - Present Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
2009 - Present Instructor, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI

artist statement

Freckles, dirty pillows, and mud possess the heaviness of a life lived. By using these and other materials to allude to the cosmos, I create pieces that start at the human scale and aim towards the sublime. I encounter beauty and meaning by teasing out our connections in this grand scheme.