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Lily Prince


Lily Prince has her B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design, her M.F.A. from Bard College and studied at Skowhegan. Lily participated in The Bronx Museum's Art-in-the-Marketplace Program and studied abroad on R.I.S.D.’s European Honors Program in Rome. Prince has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including in England, Germany, Israel, Poland, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among others. Prince joined Littlejohn Contemporary in 2017 and they showed her work in the Art on Paper Fair, NY. A solo show is forthcoming at Littlejohn Contemporary in NY in 2018. She has been awarded commissions by numerous hotels and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her book of portraits with writer Richard Klin’s profiles, Something To Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America, was published by Leapfrog Press, 2011. Prince was just commissioned to create 75 illustrations for the book Abstract Expressionism For Beginners, published by For Beginners Books, August 2016.

Lily Prince was one of only two international artists awarded a fully-funded residency at the BAU Institute in Italy, 2013. Prince’s solo show Here, There and Everywhere was at Vassar College, 2013; In 2014 her work was featured in numerous shows and publications including Force of Nature at SUNY Ulster’s Muroff-Kotler Gallery. She was chosen for Draftsmen’s Congress, a residency with international artists at New York’s The New Museum and had work in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Works on Paper Biennial. In 2015, Thompson Giroux Gallery began representing Lily’s work. Her work was in the summer 2016 show at Chelsea’s Garvey Simon Gallery. Her work traveled with Pierogi Gallery’s exhibition to Sorrento, Italy. She had a solo museum show Dream State in Naples, FL, 2016.

Lily Prince’s work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, theNewark Star Ledger, New American Paintings, San Francisco Weekly, The Bloomsbury Review, Rain Taxi, Jewish Currents Magazine, Chronogram magazine, and the literary journal Crossborder. A catalogue of her drawings The Ten Plagues was published, with poems by David Shapiro, by The Paterson Museum. Prince has lectured widely, including at Yale, Vassar, Cornell, RISD’s European Honors Program, Pratt and at the Artists Talk on Art series. Prince was interviewed on WVKR radio for their cultural currents show as well as on WBAI and WAMC, among others. Lily Prince lives in NY and is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University.

Critic, poet and art historian David Shapiro has written about Prince's work in his essay for the catalogue Paper Point Blank:

She seems to have a learned scattering, the carefulness that counts, and the multiple humors of the body. It is easy to discern a Tantric centering that might also be part of the heritage of her essential syncretism. These richly colored works speak of a bold mysticity. But the balance and Eros of the work is strange and strongly painterly, and strong too its reliance on a devastating doubleness of vision. In Prince, one is observing both the pleasures of observation and a severe and principled devotion to abstraction.