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Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary artist and instructor in Milwaukee, WI. His research on conceptual art practices moves between traditional and new genres and he conceptually focuses on innocence and disaster. He teaches all levels of undergrad and graduate students in digital studio practices, audio and video strategies, and digital painting techniques. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.

 

Christopher Willey earned an MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA in Drawing at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. During this time he studied abroad at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and at the Burren College of Art, in County Clare, Ireland.

During 2014 Willey received his third Mary L Nohl Export Suitcase Grant funding an two person exhibition in Kansas City, MO. He also won the Leslie Whitaker Memorial Fund award to continue researching ways to connect technology and culture. This is also the year he began alphes-testing virtual reality and 3D rendering applications which are paired with the Oculus Rift.

In 2013, he co-curated a national exhibition called Chasing Horizons at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, in Milwaukee, WI. Additionally he traveled to Wuhan, China to develop an articulation between the Hubei University of Technology and the Peck School of the Arts. Additionally, Willey was recognized for his teaching efforts when the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee awarded him the Joanne Lazirko Award for Innovating Use of Learning Technologies. In 2012, Willey participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI. In 2011, he was a lead artist on two temporary public art projects as part of In:Site’s “On and Off Capital,” campaign.

Willey has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His national solo shows include: “Exit Music,” at the Dow Center for the Arts Gallery, Interlochen, MI. “Beasts of Burden” at the Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI. “Frontier” at the Prairie Street Gallery, Rockford IL. “Community” at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN. Willey has been awarded two other Mary Nohl Export Suitcase Grants to install work in Zurich, Switzerland, and Rockford, IL.

Selected national group shows include: Lanterns, at Hown’s Den in Kansas City, MO; To Here Knows When, at Untitled Gallery in Sausalito, CA; BULK with Tony Labat at Queens Nails Annex in San Francisco, CA, and the 25th National Print Exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Guild in New Canaan, CT. His work can also be seen in New American Paintings, issue #65.

Willey is a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Hubei University of Technology, in Wuhan, China. He lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary artist and instructor in Milwaukee, WI. His research on conceptual art practices moves between traditional and new genres and he conceptually focuses on innocence and disaster. He teaches all levels of undergrad and graduate students in digital studio practices, audio and video strategies, and digital painting techniques. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.

Biography

Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary artist and instructor in Milwaukee, WI. His research on conceptual art practices moves between traditional and new genres and he conceptually focuses on innocence and disaster. He teaches all levels of undergrad and graduate students in digital studio practices, audio and video strategies, and digital painting techniques. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.