Aimee Mower Lally

After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a master's degree in sculpture in 1996, I began exhibiting my work in NYC and Chicago galleries. I supported myself by teaching art for cultural institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, Noguchi Museum, and Queens Museum of Art.  A Williamsburg Brooklyn ex-pat, I now reside in Maplewood NJ with my husband and two daughters. Coming from a family of artists and scientists taught me to observe the world around me, be curious and persistent. The different phases of my work reflect my evolution, from student to working artist to mother and wife, to present artwork.

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Education / Expertise

EDUCATION

1996 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

EXPERTISE

Experienced art teacher with an extensive background in both traditional and contemporary art techniques including painting, sculpture, mixed media, and drawing. Motivates and challenges students and teachers to use the creative process to explore, communicate and problem solve.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Present - 2008  

EXPLORING THROUGH ART, Maplewood, NJ: Director and Instructor

Developed and taught sequential, multi-medium art lessons to children ages three through twelve.

 

2008 - 2014      

THE NEWARK MUSEUM, Newark, NJ

Art Instructor Adult Programs, Arts Workshop: Modeling the Portrait in Clay Senior Fridays: Designed and taught workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, bookmaking, and collage to seniors Youth and Family Programs, Teen Workshops: Designed and Instructed art workshops in sculpture, painting, and collage

 

2000-2007        

THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, NY

Artist in Residence/Instructor

Initiated in-school art and exhibition programs, and staff development

 

THE QUEENS MUSEUM, PS 144, New York, NY

Artist in Residence/Instructor

Executed exhibition of children’s work in NYC.

Key Player in ongoing staff development.

Developed and maintained an award-winning art program for over 10 years. A model program used as a template for other schools. Online presence for other schools.

 

THE ISAMU NOGUCHI MUSEUM, Brooklyn, NY

Artist in Residence/Instructor

 

1998-2000        

NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Garden City, NY

Instructor, 2-D, and 3-D Design

 

JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION, New York, NY

Instructor, Drawing & Painting

 

PROJECT RENEWAL, New York, NY

Instructor, Drawing & Painting

            

1997-1998        

TEACHERS COLLEGE, Columbia University, New York, NY

Visiting Artist

LEAP, New York, NY

Artist in Residence/Instructor

 P.S. 1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, Queens, NY

Lecturer

 

1996-1997      

GALLERY 37, Chicago, IL

Instructor, Portrait Painting & Stone Carving

 

MARWEN FOUNDATION, Chicago, IL

Instructor, Body Casting

 

HINSDALE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Hinsdale, IL

Instructor, Sculpting the Figure

 

 

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020                 Good Crowds Events/i19 Gallery, 2020/Abstraction, NJ

2019                 Maplewood Arts Council, Maplewood NJ Public Art                                     Tunnel Project, NJ

2017                The Rectangle Studio & Gallery, Portrait Painting Mothers,                           Orange, NJ

 

2003                Art In General, Material Whirled, NYC

                        Roebling Hall, Solo Exhibition, NYC

 

2001                Roebling Hall, Meat Market, NYC

                        Galleria Ferran Cano, Barcelona, Spain

 

1999                Lombard-Freid, Five Easy Pieces, NYC

                        Body Builders & Sportsman, All Girls All Live, Chicago, IL

                        White Columns, In My Room, NYC

                        Sara Meltzer’s On View, I’m the Boss of Myself, NYC

                        Momenta Art, Buff Performance, Williamsburg, NYC

                        The New Museum, Benefit Exhibition, NYC

                        Margin, Butter, Chicago, IL

 

1998               Overcoat, NYC

                        Uncomfortable Spaces, Beret International Gallery,                                        Chicago, IL, Sleep Late, Solo

                        Uncomfortable Spaces, Chicago, IL, @ Beret, Curator,                                    online catalog

                        Diverse Works, Houston, TX, The Harry Carey Show, catalog

 

1997                Body Builders and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL,                                        Multiples

                        Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL, New Talent 1

                        Gary Marks Gallery, Chicago, IL, A Well Made Sandwich

                        The Art Exchange, NYC, Overcoat

                        Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL, Greatest Hits                                    Volume II

                        Art 1997 Chicago, Chicago, IL, Overcoat

 

1996                Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL, Those Who Do, Teach

                        Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL, The Might Be Giants

                        Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, Red Wall

                        Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL, Pleasure Beyond Guilt

                        The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL,                                 MFA Thesis Show

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2001                Schwendener, Martha, Material Whirrled, Artforum, 5/01,                              NY Critics Pick

                        Cotter, Holland, New York Times, 2/01, p.E38

                        Streitfeld, L.P., Material Whirrled, Tribeca Trib, 6/01 vol. VII,                           no. 10

 

1999                Allen, Jane Ingram, In My Room, Sculpture, 10/99 vol.18,                              no.8, p.76

                        Hanks, In My Room, NY Arts Magazine, vol.3, no.6

                        Caniglia, Julie, In My Room, Sidewalk New York

 

1998                Lubelski, Abraham, Working Outside: Overcoat, NY Arts                              Magazine, 11/98 p.5,27

                        Bulka, Michael, Chicago’s Las Five Minutes of Art History:                            There’s Something Funny Goin On, New Art Examiner,                                  10/98, p.16-19

 

1997                Camper, Fred, Fun With Philately, Reader, Chicago, IL,                                   3/98,  p36, 38

                        Bulka, Michael, Wanna Buy Some Art? New Examiner,                                  Chicago, IL, 7/97, p.22-27

1997                Whitehead, Frances, Women Artists and Installation,                                    Chicago Women's Caucus for the Arts – Symposium,                                    Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL 3/97

                        Wild Chicago, Overcoat, WTTW, TV, Chicago, IL, 2/97

 

1996                The Art Institute of Chicago, Exhibitions, and Events                                       Catalogue, Chicago, IL 11/96

 

AWARDS

2019                Maplewood Art Council Award, Maplewood NJ,                                            Commission to create a mural for the Maplewood Train                                Station Tunnel

 

2001                New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Sculpture Award,                          NYC

                        Community Arts Assistant Program (CAAP) Grant, Chicago                          IL

 

1996                The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate                                      Fellowship Award, Chicago, IL

 

1995                Sculpture Competition, Cozzi Iron and Metals Inc.,                                        Chicago,  IL

                        Visual Arts Fellowship Grant, Union League Civic & Arts                                Foundation, Chicago, IL

 

1994                Study Grant, The Carving Studio, Rutland, VT

                        Study Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT