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Seana Reilly’s work is directly influenced by her previous architectural career, as well as by an interest in both Eastern thought and the natural sciences. She works primarily in liquid graphite, but has recently expanded her materials to include ink. She has works in the permanent collection of the High Museum, in various corporate and public collections, and has appeared in publications including the International Drawing Annual and New American Paintings. She is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Related Professional Experience
20 years: Architectural Planner


2010 Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta – BFA, Painting
2010 Internship with Fulton County Public Art Program, Atlanta, GA
1985 Virginia Tech – Architecture

Professional Experience

2008-2012 Studio assistant to various artists
2011 Instructor, Fine Arts Workshop-Atlanta
2009 Green building materials research/consultant
1987-2007 Architect/Planner
1990-2000 Theatrical set construction, scenic painting, props

Solo and Duo Exhibitions

paper kites/uncertain sky, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA (duo)
Docking on the Orphic Shore, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA (solo)
28 Nocturnes, Moon Gallery, Berry College, Mt Berry, GA (solo)
Dark Matter, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN (solo)
Restorative Terrain, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL (duo)
Systematic Wonder, Stanley Beaman Sears, Atlanta, GA (duo)
Perpetual Assembly, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA (duo)
Surface Mining, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA (solo)
Coverings, The Mattress Factory, Atlanta, GA (duo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Soft Boundary [4×4]: A Critical Look at Architectural Research. Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA
Civil Discourse . Kibbee Gallery . Atlanta, GA
The Personal Art of Atlanta Architects. The Portfolio Center. Atlanta, CA
SUBMERGED. SciArt Center at 184 Orchard Gallery. New York, NY
December Show. whitespace . Atlanta, GA
SUBMERGED . SciArt Center . New York, NY (online)
Atlanta Gallery Collective. Ponce City Market . Atlanta, GA
Gathered III . Museum of Contemporary Art of GA . Atlanta, GA
Graphite Vision . Schick Art Gallery . Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY
Ineffable Domains, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Abstraction Today, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
Chain Reaction, Indigo Athens, Athens, GA
25th Annual Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Contrast [Black+White], Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
The December Show, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA
Second Nature, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Labyrinth, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY
Aqua13, Aqua Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
GIFT SHOP, Front Art Space, New York, NY
Pottery and Hand-made Objects, The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA
Drawing Inside the Perimeter, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art of GA, Atlanta, GA
Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH
E-MERGE, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Concourse T, Atlanta, GA

Aqua12, Aqua Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
Small Works 2012, Gustein Gallery, Savannah, GA
Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artists Exhibition, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
From Cosmology to Neurology and Back Again, whitespace gallery, Atlanta, GA
Selections from the 7th International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH
MOGA GA Gala Art Auction 2012, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
Hunter Underground 2012, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
The Goods: Selections from the artists studio, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Art Papers 13th Annual Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Work in White, CherryLion Studios, Atlanta, GA
Out of the Gray, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH (catalog)
Drawing Discourse – 3rd Annual Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, UNC-A, Asheville, NC (catalog)
Architects as Artists, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
The December Show, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
aqua 11, Aqua Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine, The Doug Adams Gallery at the Badè Museum, Berkeley, CA
nuit blanche (content for Nocturnal Encouters bradcast installation by M. Vaitsman), Toronto, Canada
Flux2011, Atlanta, GA
Drink in Design –  AGA Art Sale, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Perpetual Assembly, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
Material Deposits, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA
Hambidge 16th Annual Auction, The Bradford Gallery, Atlanta, GA
33rd Bradley International Print + Drawing Exhibition, Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
DeFine ART, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
12th Annual Art Papers Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Conversions, Evolutions, and Turning Points, Dewberry Gallery, Atlanta, GA

FORM: Artistic Independence 2010, WE Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA (catalog)
Nick of Time, Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Plastic, Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA (catalog)
Off-the-Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Little Things Mean a Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
SCAD Open Studio, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Drawing in the Expanded Field, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State U., Ft. Collins, CO
Surface Mining, GA Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA (solo)
7th Annual AAC National Show 2010, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA
Salon de Refuses – Sights Unseen, Americans for The Arts Half-Century Summit Conference, Baltimore, MD
How to Break Up with Yourself, Dewberry Gallery, Atlanta, GA (catalog)
13 Bitches on a Bitch Boat, 1193 Collier, Atlanta, GA
Bearing, 143 Studioplex,  Atlanta, GA
Coverings: paintings by Che Smith & Seana Reilly, The Mattress Factory, Atlanta GA (two-person)
The Fallacy of Gender Equality, Archetype Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Big Fat Pill Popping Business, Archetype Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
SCAD deFine Art, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
SCAD Scholarship Gala, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Contemporary Art for Modern Times, Johns Creek Art Center, Duluth, GA
Heritage, 143 Studioplex, Atlanta, GA
Impromp2, Studio 22, Serenbe, GA
Baggage un/claimed: Terminal C, NAVO, Decatur, GA

Off-the-Wall, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
The Yard Sale, 3rd House on the Left, Atlanta, GA
@Large, The Mattress Factory, Atlanta, GA

Architect’s Art, The Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Awards, Registries & Residencies

Residency, The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA
Full Fellowship Residency, Vermont Studio Center, VT
Idea Capital Travel Grant
2nd place, International Drawing Annual 7 (INDA 7), Manifest Press

Art in Embassies Registry, US Department of State
City of Atlanta Public Art Program National Registry
Fulton County Public Art Program Artist Registry
Studio Artist Program, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center
Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award – Finalist (2012)

Reviews and Press

Orphic Mysteries: Seana Reilly at Whitespace. review . Burnaway . 2016
Process: Seana Reilly’s Graphite Abstractions. video . Burnaway. 2016
“Abstraction Today” offers a worthwhile pluralism and survey of six Atlanta galleries. review . ArtsATL. 2016
Art Review: Forms of Abstraction at MOCA GA. review . Burnaway. 2016
Artist dances, goes with the flow, review, The Tennessean, 2014
South by South Beach, review, Burnaway, 2013
Converging Forces: Idea Capital Artists on Creation and Orientaion, interview, Burnaway, 2013
The Science of Letting Go: Interview with Seana Reilly, Drain Magazine, 2012
New American Paintings, Issue #100, 2012
INDA 7 (International Drawing Annual v.7) – catalog (upcoming), 2012.
New American Paintings, Issue #100, June/July (upcoming), 2012.
Strokes of Genius 4: the Best of Drawing – catalog (upcoming), 2012.
Out of the Gray – catalog, 2012.
Drawing Discourse – 3rd Annual Contemporary Drawing Exhibition – catalog, 2012.
IMPROVISATIONS & SONATAS: Piano Music of David Burge – music CD cover, 2011.
FORM: Artistic Independence 2011 – catalog
Seana Reilly’s Artwork Meditates on the Science of Letting Go – review|Burnaway, 2011.
Ann Stewart, Seana Reilly plumb the limits of knowledge at Whitespace – review|ArtsATL, 2011.
Quick Look: “Perpetual Assembly” – video tour|ArtRelish, 2011.
Seana Reilly in her studio at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center – video tour|whitespace, 2011.
Material Deposits Explores the Necessity of Objects at ACAC – review|Burnaway, 2011.
‘Deposits’ Delivers Compositions That Capture the Eye – review|Atlanta Journal Constitution (Aug.5,2011)
Art review: Juried Georgia artists exhibition at Abernathy Arts Center – review|Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2011.
The Schematics Series – catalog, essays by Michael David and Jerry Cullum, 2011.
Conversions, Evolutions, and Turning Points – Video | Art Relish, 2011.
Our Favorite Things: Best of Atlanta art events of 2010 –, 2010.
FORM: Artistic Independence 2010 – catalog, 2010.
Surface Mining (solo show) – video tour | Archetype, 2010.
How to Break Up With Yourself – catalog, foreword by Alfredo Jaar, essay by Jerry Cullum, 2010.
Quilts & Buildings – catalog, 2010.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Fulton County Arts & Culture, Atlanta, GA
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta GA
Columbia Property Trust, Atlanta, GA