B.1985 Las Vegas, NV.
Lives and works in NYC.
2019 New York University—MFA
2009 University of Nevada, Las Vegas—BFA Cum Laude
SOLO EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES
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
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
Howard Art Project. Boston, MA
2009 The Bus Stops Here. 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
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
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. Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY
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
2019 Event Coordinator. Latinos Who Lunch Live Podcast. Einstein Auditorium. New York University. NY, NY
2015 Curator. Collective Residency Project. Wellesley, MA
2018-2019 Adjunct Professor. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY
2019 Guest Instructor. Beginning & Advanced Photoshop. Design Initiative NYU. LaGuardia Co-Op, NY
2018 Teacher Assistant. Art 402 Design II: Color, Composition, Process. New York University. New York, NY
2013-2017 Instructional Technology Support Specialist. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA
(Instructed in-class lessons on digital photo, b&w photo, video, lighting, and new media. Managed equipment cage, makerspace,
lighting studio, digital photo labs, video editing suites, and darkroom. Managed teams of up to 10 student employees.)
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