Lilly McElroy

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  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Photography

Contact Info

Chalmers Hall Rm. 204B


Lilly McElroy is a lens-based artist from southern Arizona. Her artwork utilizes the landscape and reflects a complex relationship with the American West in order to explore what it means to be an American in a time of diminished expectations. She performs for the camera, utilizing humor and enacting feminist gestures that demonstrate a desire to connect as well as a sense of frustration. McElroy received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center, MOCA Tucson, The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Studios INC. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in venues including Figge Art Museum, Modern Art Oxford, TheNelson Atkins Museum, and Southern Exposure Gallery. Her work has also been featured in publications including Aperture, Art Forum, Art Papers,The New York Times, and O: The OprahMagazine.McElroy lives and works in Lawrence, KS where she is an Assistant TeachingProfessor at The University of Kansas. Her work is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in NewYork.


MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago