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Spring 2023 Artist-in-Residence Lila Thomas

February 7, 2023

The Art and Art History Department is excited to welcome Lila Thomas as an artist-in-residence for April 2023. Lila Thomas (she/they) is a black queer Seattle-based visual artist from Southern Louisiana. She received her BFA in Drawing/Painting at Nicholls State University. Her work consists of portraits and intimate interior scenes where she uses light and color to sincerely represent the people in her life and transform mundane environments into immersive spaces. Her work also explores themes of identity, family history, and cultural exchange through food, music, and mutual understanding of generational trauma. Lila's work has been shown in the Amen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University, Lilith Pole Studios, Inside studios, and at a national juried art exhibition in the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she won Best of Show. Lilaartist lila thomas easel and paints recently finished the Inscape Artist-in-Residence program in Seattle’s International District where she created and exhibited a series of drawings and paintings. Lila currently teaches Figurative Painting at Gage Academy.
During her residency at DePauw, in addition to creating her own body of work, Lila Thomas will offer a public artist talk, studio critiques to art students, and a three-week workshop on perceptual painting open to students and the community. The artist talk will be held in the Peeler Auditorium on Wednesday April 12th and 4:30pm. The three-week-workshop will run on Thursday, April 13th, Thursday April 20th, and Thursday April 27th from 7pm-9pm. To reserve a spot in the workshop, RSVP on DePauw's event website Campus Labs.
Artist Talk
April 12, 4:30pm
The Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Auditorium
Workshop:  Perceptual Painting (RSVP limited spots)
4/13, 4/20, 4/27
The Richard E. Peeler Art Center, 203A
Image Credit: Bianca Recuenco (she/her)