B.1985 Las Vegas, NV.

Lives and works in NYC.

EDUCATION

2019              New York University—MFA

2009             University of Nevada, Las Vegas—BFA Cum Laude


SOLO EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES

2019             NYU MFA Art Critique (Performance). Montez Press Radio. New York, NY             

                      NYU MFA Art Critique (Performance). Printed Matter Inc. New York, NY

2018             NYU MFA Art Critique (Performance). Distillery Gallery Boston. Boston, MA

                      Thoughts and Prayer Casino. 80wse Gallery. New York, NY

                      Retrofit Painting: deCordova Store (Installation). deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Lincoln, MA

2017              Everything Must Go. Dorchester Art Project. Boston, MA

2016             Retrofit Painting Boston Release Party Featuring DJ Wigzen presented by Casablanc and Bombay Sapphire (Installation). Casablanc . Boston, MA

                      Retrofit Painting Presents… (Installation). Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA

2015             Retrofit Painting of Las Vegas (Installation). P3Studio at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Art Production Fund of New York. Las Vegas, NV

2014             Secret Garden (in collaboration with John C Gonzalez). Le Petit Versailles. New York City, NY

                      Retrofit Painting @ the deCordova Biennial's Home Depot House (Installation). deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Lincoln, MA

2012              A Few More Paintings. McGladrey Art Gallery. Waltham, MA

2010             Collected and Represented. Trifecta Gallery. Las Vegas, NV


PUBLISHED WRITING

2018              “NYU MFA Art Critique.” Printed Matter.

2017              “Kanye’s Desiign, or The Author Function in the Age of Yeezus” (coauthored with Michael Maizels.) Critical Inquiry.


PUBLIC ART / COLLECTIONS

2019             Whitney Museum Library. New York, NY

                      New York Public Library. New York, NY

2018              Museum of Modern Art Archives. New York, NY

2017              Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Las Vegas, NV

                      Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA

2015             Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV

2014             New Art Center. Newton, MA

2012             Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Las Vegas, NV


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES

2019             Pond (Curated by Constanza Valenzuela and Emilee Graverson). Barney Commons. New York, NY

2017             Media Arts Festival Arad 4 (Curated by Ileana Selejan). Cinema ARTA. Arad, Romania

2016             Works Well With Others: Collaborations with John C Gonzalez (Curated by Ian Alden Russell). David Winton Bell Gallery. Providence, RI

                      Adventure Department on the Shore of Monuments at SkoheganPERFORMS. Socrates Sculpture Park. Queens, NY      

2015             Inaugural Exhibition (Curated by John Robert Roy). How's Howard. Boston, MA

                      Between You and Me. Dorchester Art Project. Boston, MA

2014             Boston Contemporary Art Museum For Contemporary Art, Artists, And Their Contemporaries (Curated by Pat Falco). Boston Arts Festival/Mobius. Boston, MA

                      Perceptual Ballads and Patrick Quilao (Curated by Marc Dombrosky). The Art Gallery at Southwestern Michigan College. Dowagic, MI

                      Flash of an Instant (Curated by Sarah Pollman and Caitlin Moore). New Art Center. Newton, MA  

2013             Boston Does Boston Six (Kara Braciale selection). Proof Gallery. Boston, MA

2012             Meta (Curated by Camilo Alvarez). Gallery 263. Cambridge, MA

                      Tote (Curated by Marc Dombrosky). The Art Gallery at Southwestern Michigan College. Dowagiac, MI

2011              Hot for Teacher (Curated by Alaina Gurdak). Howard Art Project. Boston, MA

2010             Tomorrow People. Contemporary Arts Center. Las Vegas, NV

2009             Street Show (Curated by Kristin Calabrese). Elevator Gallery. Las Vegas, NV


RESIDENCIES

2015             The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. P3Studio Summer Resident. Art Production Fund of New York. Las Vegas, NV

2014             The deCordova Biennial. Home Depot House Resident. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Lincoln, MA


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019             McVey, Kurt. “Thomas Ray Willis: Hierarchy of Tears.” Whitehot Magazine. March.

2017             Selejan, Ileana. “Media Arts Festival Arad 4 Exhibition Catalogue.” Cinema ARTA. Arad, Romania.

                      Aurise, Elana “DAP bids Willis farewell with ‘Everything Must Go’ exhibit.” Dorchester Reporter. July 1.

2016             Selejan, Ileana. “Dance like you mean it. Conversation with Thomas Willis.” Big Red and Shiny. June 15.

                      Russ, Jo. "The End of the P3Studio Artist Residency Era." Huffington Post. January 14.

                      Dombrosky, Marc. "Nomads, Satellites, and a Dry Heat; Or, Whitney Houston’s Crypt and the Failure of Communication." Settlers + Nomads. January.

2015             Ramirez, Krystal. “Try On Thomas Willis’ Retrofit Paintings” Las Vegas Sun. August 6.

                      Peterson, Kristen. "Functional Paintings and the High-End Retail Boutique Art Installation at Cosmo's P3Studio." Las Vegas Weekly. August 5.

                      Whitmore, Mikayla. “Form Equals Function?” Las Vegas Sun. July 9.

                      Kelly, Danielle. "Interview: Thomas Willis." Helen Magazine. April 30.

2014             Grey Matter Gallery. “Thomas Willis - Boston Massachusetts.” 365 Artists 365 Days. August 9.

2010             Kelly, Danielle. "Painting with fire at Trifecta Gallery." Las Vegas Weekly. November 17.


LECTURES, ARTIST TALKS, AND PANELS

2018              Guest Artist. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA

2017              Guest Artist. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR

2016              Panelist. Art History Society at Tufts University. Medford, MA

2015              Guest Artist. Suffolk University. Boston, MA


SPECIAL PROJECTS

2019             Event Coordinator. Latinos Who Lunch Live Podcast. Einstein Auditorium. New York University. NY, NY

2015             Curator. Collective Residency Project. Wellesley, MA


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018-2019   Adjunct Professor. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY

2019              Visiting Critic. RISD. Providence, RI

2019              Guest Instructor. Beginning & Advanced Photoshop. Design Initiative NYU. LaGuardia Co-Op, NY

2018              Visiting Critic. Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY

2018              Teacher Assistant. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY                 

2013-2017    Instructional Support Specialist. Digital photo, b&w photo, video, lighting, and new media. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA

2012-2013   Instructor. Beginning Drawing, Painting, and Digital Photography. Bentley University. Waltham, MA

2007-2008 Elementary School Art Teacher. ArtsBridge America. Las Vegas, NV


SELECT TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

2017              Videographer. Soldier the Opera (Diamond in the Rough Productions). Atlanta, GA

2015              Exhibition Photographer for "The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer." Davis Museum. Wellesley, MA
                                    (Published in The New York Times Style Magazine, The Boston Globe, Cooling Hunting, The Creators Project and Artforum)                     

2014              Photographer. Online interactive archive for William Copley's S.M.S. Collection. Harvard University and The Davis Museum. www.sms.sensatejournal.com

2009-2013  Photography Studio Manager. Portrait Simple. Newton, MA (Managed the operation of a high-end, high-volume, retail photography studio with 15+ employees)

2008-2009 Artist Assistant. David Ryan Studio. Las Vegas, NV (Priming, sanding, painting, and crating fine art objects)

2009             Art Preparator. MCQ Fine Art Advisory. Las Vegas, NV

2004-2009 Portrait Studio Photographer. Cashman Photo Enterprises. Las Vegas, NV

2007-2009 Gallery and Curatorial Assistant. Trifecta Gallery. May 2008- June 2009. Las Vegas, NV