B.1985 Las Vegas, NV.
Lives and works in NYC.
2019 New York University—MFA candidate
2009 University of Nevada, Las Vegas—BFA Cum Laude
SOLO EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS + PERFORMANCES
2018 NYU MFA Art Critique (Performance). Distillery Gallery. Boston, MA
Thoughts and Prayers Casino. 80wse Gallery. New York, NY
Retrofit Painting: deCordova Store. 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. Casablanc. Boston, MA.
Retrofit Painting Presents... Jewett Art Gallery @ Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA.
2015 Retrofit Painting of Las Vegas (supported by the Art Production Fund of New York). P3Studio @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV.
2014 Secret Garden (in collaboration with John C Gonzalez). Le Petit Versailles. New York City, NY.
Retrofit Painting @ deCordova Biennial's Home Depot House. 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.
2009 Within / Without. Henri & Odette. Las Vegas, NV.
2008 New Works. Epicenter Avant Gallery. Las Vegas, NV.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Pond (Curated by Constanza Valenzuela and Emilee Graverson). Barney Commons, New York University. New York, NY.
2017 Media Arts Festival Arad 4. Cinema ARTA. Arad, Romania (Curated by Ileana Selejan).
2016 Works Well With Others: Collaborations of 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 (Curated by Sarah Pollman). Dorchester Art Project. Boston, MA.
2014 BCAMFCAAATC (Curated by Pat Falco). Boston Arts Festival/Mobius/First Night Parade. 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 MinUmental Invitational. Trifecta Gallery. Las Vegas, NV.
Drawing Room (Organized by Fay Ku). Commerce Street Studios. Las Vegas, NV.
2008 Take Note (Curated by Justin Favela). Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Las Vegas, NV.
Adelaide Fringe Festival (Jeffery Burden Selection). Adelaide, Australia.
Street Show (Organized by Kristin Calabrese). Elevator Gallery. Las Vegas, NV.
2018 “NYU MFA Art Critque.” Printed Matter.
2017 “Kanye’s Desiign, or The Author Function in the Age of Yeezus.” Critical Inquiry. Coauthored with Michael Maizels.
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 Art Library. Wellesley, MA.
2015 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV.
2014 New Art Center. Newton, MA.
2012 Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Las Vegas, NV.
2009 The Bus Stops Here. Las Vegas, NV.
2008 Zap2. Las Vegas, NV.
2015 Art Production Fund of New York's P3Studio Summer Resident. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV
2014 Home Depot House Resident. The deCordova Biennial. Lincoln, MA
2009 Contemporary Arts Center Artist Pick. Blvds Magazine.
2009 Outstanding Graduate Award. University Nevada, Las Vegas
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 Peterson, Kristen. "Functional Paintings and the High-End Retail Boutique Art Installation at Cosmo's P3Studio." Las Vegas Weekly. August 5.
Kelly, Danielle. "Interview: Thomas Willis." Helen Magazine. April 30.
2014 "Thomas Willis - Boston Massachusetts." www.365artists365days.com. August 9.
Grossman, Suzi."Flash of an Instant at Newton Art Center." Boston Hassle and www.suzilooksatart.com. April 14.
"Retrofit Exhibit Continues." Lincoln Journal. April 12.
Lee, Deborah."Playful Work by Artist Thomas Willis at the Home Depot House at deCordova." Art Outdoors. March 16.
2012 Cash, Kevin."A Few More Paintings Comes to Bentley." The Vanguard. November, 7.
Tynes, Jordan."Artist Feature: Thomas Willis." Radio Context. April 6.
2010 Kelly, Danielle."Painting with fire at Trifecta Gallery." Las Vegas Weekly. November 17.
2009 Peterson, Kristen. "Valley artists unify for show focusing on work of diminutive scale...." Las Vegas Sun. December 4.
Kelly, Danielle. "Trifecta's minUMENTAL showcases mini art..." Las Vegas Weekly. December 2.
Nadler, Danielle. "Exhibit's artists explore unconventional mediums, such as dirt and meat." The View. February 10.
2018-2019 Adjunct Professor. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY
2018 Guest Artist. Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY .
2018 Teacher Assistant. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY
2017 Guest Artist. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR.
2017-2014 Instructional Technology Specialist. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA
2017 Videographer. Soldier the Opera (Diamond in the Rough Productions). Atlanta, GA
2016 Panelist. Art History Society at Tufts University. Medford, MA
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)
2015 Curator. Collective Residency Project. Wellesley, MA
2015 Guest Artist. Suffolk University. Boston, MA.
2014 Photographer. Online interactive archive for William Copley's S.M.S. Collection. www.sms.sensatejournal.com
2013-2009 Photography Studio Manager. Portrait Simple. Newton, MA
2013-2012 Photography Instructor. Bentley University. Waltham, MA
2009-2008 Artist Assistant. David Ryan (Studio). Las Vegas, NV
2009 Art Preparator. MCQ Fine Art Advisory. Las Vegas, NV
2009-2004 Portrait Studio Photographer. Cashman Photo Enterprises.Las Vegas, NV
2009-2007 Gallery and Curatorial Assistant. Trifecta Gallery. Las Vegas, NV
2008-2007 Elementary School Art Teacher. ArtsBridge America. Las Vegas, NV