Like mapmakers, we draw and paint what we observe, but find our drawings inevitably cross over into the unknown, for, like maps, they are never truly, wholly accurate, never allowing for shifting points of view, or even the necessity of dreams.

This then, is our region – where the visible and invisible meet, where the observed and the intuitive lie side by side, and where the seen pays a constant debt to the unseen.

-Thomas Lyon Mills



Education
1980 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1978 BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2011
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship
2008 - 2009, 1999
Professional Development Grants, Rhode Island School of Design
1998
Fellowship in Painting, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Juror's Award, Bristol Art Museum
Professional Development Grants, Rhode Island School of Design
1996
John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rhode Island School of Design
1994
Professional Development Grants, Rhode Island School of Design
1993
Professional Development Grants, Rhode Island School of Design
1992
MacDowell Colony Fellowship
Fellowship in Painting, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Juror's Award, Bristol Art Museum

Public Collections
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Boston Athenaeum, MA
The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Solo Exhibitions
2011
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
Bloomington, Indiana; Indiana University
2010
Fort Myers, FL; Bob Rauchenberg Gallery
2007
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, 10 1/2 Maps
2006
Providence, RI; Lenore Gray Gallery, Il Bastone (The Walking Stick)
2004
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, 73 Prayers in the Underground
2003
Nashua, NH; Rivier College Art Gallery, 73 Prayers in the Underground
2002
Providence, RI; Lenore Gray Gallery
Fayetteville, AR; University of Arkansas, Fine Arts Center Gallery
2000
Auburn, AL; Auburn University, College of Architecture, Construction and Design
1999
Providence, RI; Lenore Gray Gallery
1998
Clinton, SC; Presbyterian College
1997
Providence, RI; Providence College, Hunt Cavanagh Gallery
Glens Falls, NY; Adirondack Community College, Visual Arts Gallery
1995
Rome Italy; Temple University Rome, Tyler School of Art
1994
Birmingham, AL; Space One Eleven Gallery
Wilmore, KY; Asbury College
1993
Providence, RI; Wheeler Gallery
Corning, NY; 171 Cedar Arts Center
1992
Ithaca, NY; Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Providence, RI; Rhode Island School of Design, BEB Gallery
1991
Providence, RI; Gallery One
1991
Keuka Park, NY; Keuka College, Lightner Gallery
1988
Keuka Park, NY; Keuka College, Lightner Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013
New York, NY; The Metro Show, Luise Ross Gallery booth
2012
Providence, RI; The Chazan Gallery, Timestamp
2011
Westerly, RI; Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition
2010-11
Little Rock, AR; The Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Arts Center Collector’s Show
2010
Wellesley, MA; Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Transformations: Anthony Crudelle-Janello, Ken Takashi Horii, Nathalie Miebach, Thomas Lyon Mills
Philadelphia, PA; Southern Graphic Print Conference
2009
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Pretty, Strange
Rome, Italy; American Academy in Rome
Boston, MA; Boston Athenaeum, Treasures from the Boston Athenaeum
2006
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Fun!
2005
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, New Location
Little Rock, AR; Arkansas Arts Center, Collector's Choice
2004
Lincoln, MA; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Parke, Landscapes Seen and Imagined: Sense of Place
Providence, RI; Providence Art Club, Paperworks
2003
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
2002
Little Rock, AR; Arkansas Arts Center, Collector's Choice
New York, NY; The Drawing Center
2005 - 1999
Providence, RI; Lenore Gray Gallery
2001
Fall River, MA; Bristol Community College, Grimshaw-Gudwicz Gallery
Glens Falls, NY; Adirondack Community College
2000
Providence, RI; The Rhode Island Foundation, Virginia Lynch: A Curatorial Retrospective
1999
Boston, MA; The Boston Atheneum, Front Line:Contemporary Draughtsmen in New England
1998
New York, NY; Associated American Artists
Bristol, RI; Bristol Art Museum
1997
New York, NY; Allan Stone Gallery
1995
Providence, RI; Rhode Island School of Design, On Time
Assisi, Italy; Studio Claudio Carli, Studio Aperto
Tiverton, RI; Virginia Lynch Gallery
1994
New Haven, CT; Yale University Gallery
Wakefield, RI; Hera Gallery
1993
Lincoln, MA; DeCordova Museum, 11 Artists/11 Visions
1992
Baltimore, MD; Maryland College of Art, Drawing Across the Board (Travelling exhibition)
Newport, RI: Hydrangea Gallery
1990
Rome, Italy; Residence of the Untied States Ambassador
1989
Providence, RI; Rhode Island School of Design, Shared Talent
Providence, RI; Cleveland Gallery, By the Hand