Project Description

My art practice has always been grounded in the mediums of light and energy. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with materials and the energy they exude, as well as the non-tangible worlds that we move through as we experience our lives. Emotional, psychological, and spiritual worlds that build the fabric of our humanity. Often, as a designer, I am tasked with working in public space. My design practice has evolved into a tool to work these softer sides of our humanity back into our physical lives, resisting the encroaching influence that corporate and capitalist culture have on the aesthetics of public life.

EDUCATION
2018
Master of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, AZ
2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alfred University, NY
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2023
Light Attracts Energy, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2022
Between Futures, Abrams-Ingles Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL
2020
Outer Special, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018
A Thousand Years of Tomorrow, Powerhouse Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2018
AURORA, Arizona State University Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2018
Southern Static, Elsewhere Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023
Redefining Neon Legacy, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2023
Endings and Beginnings, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
2022
PHX ART NOW IV, MCC Art Gallery, Mesa, AZ
2022
Ending and Beginnings, Modified Arts, Phoenix AZ
2021
Uninhabited International Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2021
Fear No Film, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
2021
Forever Becoming, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ
2021
Nomad, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2021
Collective Memory, Alzheimer’s Glass & Iron, virtual exhibition
2020
Memory and the Chromatisphere, Mood Room Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2020
Light Keepers, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway
2020
She Bends, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
2019
Futura, ShowerHaus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2019
From the Artists Collection, MNT Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2019
Land Art 1969-2019, LBIF Gallery, Long Beach Island, NJ
2019
NOVA Prize Exhibition, HRY Gallery, New York, NY
2019
She Bends III, Var West Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2019
Immersion, Brea Gallery, orange County, CA
2018
Local Light, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2018
Gala Exhibition, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix AZ
2018
Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2018
Specular Sounds, LUMP Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2018
She Bends II, the Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017
Light Charmer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2017
She Bends, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
2017
MOMENTUM, Ohio Arts Commission River House Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH
2017
Digital Divide, Hambridge Creative Hive, Atlanda, GA
2016
Walking, Talking, Walking Again, ASU Museum Project Space, Phoenix, AZ
RESIDENCIES
2020
Wiregrass Museum of Art, Artist in Residence, Dothan, AL
2019
Alfred University, Visiting Artist/Scholar, Alfred, NY
2019
Sloss Furnace, Artist in Residence, Birmingham, AL
2018
Takoja Institute, Artist in Residence, Questa, NM
2017
Elsewhere Museum, Artist in Residence, Shaffer, MN
2016
Franconia Sculpture Park, Intern Artist, Shaffer, MN
2013
Salem Art Works, Independent Artist in Residence, Salem, NY
PUBLICATIONS
2023
Exhibition Features Artists of Historically Under-Represented Communities in the Neon Form, ARTDAILY, February 2, Online
2022
Cirignano, Gemma. Interview with Artist Lily Reeves, IRRADICANT, Online
2019
Glass Art Society. Emerging Artist, SAXE Emerging Artist Catalogue, March 14
2019
Meet Lily Reeves, Voyage ATL Magazine, October 7, online
2018
Dischner, Jackie. Artist of the Month: Lily Reeves, Phoenix Magazine, October 1
2018
Quiballo, Rembrant. Three Young Artists to Watch, JAVA Magazine, July 7
2019
Meet Lily Reeves, Voyage ATL Magazine, October 7, online
2017
Fox, Angelica. Art + Money, ASU Institute for Humanities Research, February
2014
NewGlass Review 35, The Corning Museum of Glass
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
Art Farm Iowa, Northwood, IA
Coronado Collection, Phoenix AZ
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
AWARDS
2023
INFLUX Cycle 11 Grant, City of Glendale Public Arts Commission, Glendale, AZ
2019
Artist pARTnership Grant, City of Atlanta & Atlanta Beltline, INC, Atlanta, GA
2019
Saxe Emerging Artist Award, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA
2019
NOVA Prize for Emerging Artists, FRESCO Foundation, New York, NY
2019
Bonnaroo Public Ar, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
2018
Art on the Atlanta Beltline, City of Atlanta Public Art Commission, Atlanta, GA
2018
Graduate Completion Fellowship, Arizona State University Graduate College, Phoenix, AZ
2017
Graduate Studies Research Grant, Arizona State University School of Art & Design, Phoenix, AZ
2017
Professional Development Grant, Arizona Commission of the Arts, Phoenix, AZ
2016
PLATFORM Arts Grant, Scottsdale Public Art Grant, Scottsdale, AZ
2016
Dr. Jerid Bellitz Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2015
Special Talent Scholarship, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
2012
Dean’s Scholarship, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2014
Partner Scholarship, Corning Museum of Glass & Alfred University, NY
2013
Naomi-Winston Scholarship in Art, National Society of Arts and Letters, Germantown, MD
PUBLIC LECTURE/CURATED PROJECTS
2021
Museum of Neon Art, Artist Lecture, Los Angeles, CA
2021
Alfred University, Visiting Lecturer, Alfred, NY
2020
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Artist Lecture, Birmingham, AL
2018
Arizona State University, Artist Lecture, Flagstaff, AZ
2017
Gallery 100, GOODWONDER, Tempe, AZ
2017
IDEA Museum, Heros and Villians, Mesa, AZ
2017
Unexpected Art Gallery, Phoenix AZ
2016
Casket Arts Complex, It’s Like That But Not Really, Minneapolis, MN
2015
Step Gallery, Thinning of the Veil, Phoenix, AZ
2014
Turner Gallery, Mise-en-Scene, Alfred, NY