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Christopher Willey

Teaching Faculty II, Digital Studio Practice


MFA, New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute
BFA, Drawing, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


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.

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. In 2012, Willey participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and 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 Mary Nohl Export Suitcase Grants to install work in Zurich, Switzerland, and Rockford, IL.

Selected national group shows include: To Here Knows When, at Untitled Gallery in Sausalito, CA; BULK with Tony Labat at Queens Nails Annex in San Francisco, CA. His work can also be seen in New American Paintings, issue #65.


Recent Work

Lanterns, 2014 | Mixed Media | 10-12x4x4 feet

Lanterns, 2014 | Mixed Media | 10-12x4x4 feet