Surrounded by the cornfields of Indiana, Lily graduated from Purdue University to teach art in one school corporation and run a Migrant School in another simultaneously. A move to South Florida in 1974 allowed her to concentrate on her own work as well as her student’s. After teaching high school, middle school and college classes as an adjunct professor for Nova University, she found that age was no respecter of talent when she taught her remaining years as a magnet art teacher in an elementary school.
The challenge was not only in documentation of what is there, but being able to physically achieve it. Life happened to Lily, that left her on crutches and wheelchair for twenty-three years. Her love of physical art using live-model techniques with brushes and pen and ink, slowed to a standstill while her mind had to “recalculate.” Under the tutelage of Professor Joseph Tamargo of Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, whose own work inspired her, and taught her to look at a photograph, translate the images she saw on the street and to capture them in her own frame. Dyslexia was evident in her prints so another challenge was issued: compensate for her field-of-vision.
The purity of their work is evidenced in her own when she shoots only what she finds without arranging her shots to achieve her frame. With a single exposure of her camera’s eye, the frame is printed to a full frame, so that she must own each corner of the photograph. Sometimes her photos appear to have many layers of texture that quite simply can be manipulated in one program or another, however, she challenges herself to find it and only document what is there.
League of Innovation, Tower Theater
Instituto Chileno de Cultura Norteamericano, Santiago, Chile 2001
Universidad del Pacifico,Santiago, Chile (2) 2003, 2004
Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL, (5)
“Women Photographing Women,” Tower Theater, Miami Florida
Center Gallery Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus (6) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Oscar Thomas 9TH ,10th , 11th, 12th, 13th Memorial People’s Art Exhibition, Amadiozi Gallery, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Liberty City, FL 2009, 2010, 2011,2012.
Kuumba Annual Kwanzaa Art Exhibition, Amadiozi Gallery African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Liberty City, FL 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
“Reflections of Africa,” Kuumba Artists, M.A.R.C. Bldg., FIU South Campus, Miami , FL 2010
Black History Month Exhibition, FAU/BC Building, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2010
Art Basel 2010, The Kuumba Artists Collective of South Florida, “African Roots/African Fruits: New and Recent Works by Florida African World Artists” in Wynwood, Art Space, 2085-B, NW 2 Avenue, Artlab33.
Black HistoryMonth Exhibitiion 2011, 2013
FMoPA Members Show, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
FMoPA International Show, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL 2017
FMoPA Forever Young Exhibition, Tampa 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Photographer’s Forum “Best of College Photography 2003,” Honorable Mention
Metromorphosis Literary Publication, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus (2)
Miami Dade Magazine
Tampa Bay Times, Art Critic Lennie Bennett, 11/13/2015
FMoPA (Sign on Building) Digital Photograph 3 months June-July-August 2018
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education Training School , Helsinki, Finland, ..a series “On Reading”, 15