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Biography

 

Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary creative and educator in Milwaukee, WI. Willey is a lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin’s Peck School of the arts, and the creative director of UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. He teaches all levels of students at the intersection of art and technology. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.

 

Education:

Willey earned an MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. During his undergraduate years he studied abroad at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and at the Burren College of Art, in County Clare, Ireland. Willey has been heavily influenced by his time working at Apple Retail stores as a Creative.

 

Research - Immersive Media Lab

Willey founded the Immersive Media Lab at UWM in 2017. This interdisciplinary collaborative research environment focuses on the data and processes that lead to empathetic experiences such as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality. In the lab, Willey is researching the development of curriculum, overseeing new media projects, and exploring best practices within immersive media.

 

Writing and Curatorial Work

Writing and curatorial work has taken a center stage for Willey. In 2017 he completed work on the textbook ‘vision-problems’, published by Cognella Press. Willey has written two exhibition catalogue essays recently. One in 2017, for the two person retrospective at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI for the exhibition titled ‘Echoing Concerns’. ‘Surfacing,’ a two person exhibition that Willey wrote about and curated; took place in 2016 at the HF Johnson Gallery of Art on the Carthage College campus in Kenosha, WI. In 2013, he co-curated a national exhibition called ‘Chasing Horizons’ at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, in Milwaukee, WI with local artist and curator Nirmal Raja. Willey uses his curatorial practice to explore, understand, and celebrate various visual experience with a larger audience.

 

Artist in Residence/Visiting Educator:

In 2017 and 2013 Willey traveled to Wuhan, China to develop and teach within the articulation between the Hubei University of Technology and the Peck School of the Arts. In 2015, Willey was invited to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as an artist in residence as well as to exhibit in a group exhibition. Willey participated in two residencies in 2012. The first was at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and the second was at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI.

 

Exhibitions:

Willey has exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout his career. In 2015, Willey had two solo exhibitions entitled ‘Terrible Faults’ at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI, and ‘Emotional Topographies’ at Texas A&M - Commerce, Gallery of Art, in Commerce, TX. In 2012 there were two other solo exhibitions; one titled ‘Exit Music’ at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI, and the other, ‘Beasts of Burden,’ at the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI. Willey has also had solo exhibitions in Minneapolis, MN, Rockford, IL, and Davenport, IA. Please see the CV below to see the group exhibitions.

 

Recognitions:

Willey, along with Senior Lecturer Marc Tasman from the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies college were awarded with funding from the Leslie Whitaker Fund in 2015 to explore Digital Arts and Culture practices throughout the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee campus. In 2013 Willey, was recognized for his teaching efforts when the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee awarded him the Joanne Lazirko Award for Innovating Use of Learning Technologies. Willey received his third Mary L Nohl Export Suitcase Grant funding a two person exhibition at the How’s Den in Kansas City, MO in 2014. In 2011, he was a lead artist on two temporary public art projects as part of In:Site’s ‘On and Off Capital,’ campaign. This was also the year that Willey became a full time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.

He lives and works in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area with his wife, Tonia Klein, who is also an artist.

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Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary creative and educator in Milwaukee, WI. Willey is a lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin’s Peck School of the arts, and the creative director of UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. He teaches all levels of students at the intersection of art and technology. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.

Biography

Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary creative and educator in Milwaukee, WI. Willey is a lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin’s Peck School of the arts, and the creative director of UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. He teaches all levels of students at the intersection of art and technology. Willey is an accomplished lecturer, curator, and author.