Jessie Wilber Gallery

  • Event Time 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Event Start Date 02/11/2022
  • Event Location 111 S Grand Ave.

Exhibit Opening
KINGDOM by Emily McIlroy

Friday, February 11
Exhibit Opening   |   5 – 7pm 
Artists Talk  |  5:30pm
In Person OR Online vi ZOOM (registration required)


Kingdom will be on display:
February 11 – May 1, 2022
Jessie Wilber Gallery
M – F  |  10am – 5pm


Join us for the opening of Kingdom, a collection of works by Emily McIlroy inspired by her artist residency in Glacier National Park in 2018. At 5:30pm, we will host an artist talk that you are welcome to attend in person, OR join virtually via Zoom. please not that MASKS are required in the gallery and registration is required to join by Zoom.

Artists Bio

Emily McIlroy was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma with her twin brother, Ross. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 2005 and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2011. When she’s not in her studio, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and walking and swimming her way through various terrestrial and aquatic wildernesses. She currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

About the Work

These works were created as an extension of my 2018 Artist Residency at Glacier National Park, and will ultimately be part of an artist book that builds connections between inner and outer “wildernesses.” The book, through an integration of art and text, will invite audiences to explore the boundaries between themselves and the nonhuman world.

Each piece in this series points to the enmeshment and permeability of environments, minds, and bodies. Emerging from a process of layering and often subtraction, they attempt to bridge the enduring with the temporal, the visible with the invisible, the prosaic with the poetic. Looking simultaneously both outward and inward, they connect the realm of wilderness—its beauty, violence, power, and fragility—with our own internal territories.