About

Hyla Willis is a Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary artist and graphic designer and a longtime member of the subRosa art collective. She was born in Yuba City, California, and spent many formative years in Northern California and Seattle, Washington.

Willis holds a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and has been the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in New Genres, a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Arts, and an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She is a former fellow of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and has served as a juror for the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches in the Media Arts Department of Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA.

Willis has participated in improvisational and collaborative visual and sound arts for many years, performing with Blowhole, Michael Pestel, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, Trophy Wife, Cinnamon Cuddles & Crew Featuring Sloppy and Munchy, and the Firefly Tunnels Project.

Since 1998, Willis has been a core member of the subRosa feminist art collective, creating open-ended environments where participants engage with objects, texts and digital technologies to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio-technologies on women’s bodies, lives and work. With subRosa, Willis has has performed, exhibited, and lectured in the USA, Spain, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Mexico, Canada, Slovenia, and Singapore, and has received many commissions for this work. 

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Selected Exhibitions & Performances*

2014

Pittsburgh Artist of the Year solo exhibition, America's Least Livable City, and other works, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

2013

A Body of Work: Landscaping Social Practice, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, PA
Collective Action Archive, The Passage Gallery, SUNY Purchase, NY
Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
Healthy Artists Movie Poster Exhibition, Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2012

Selected What’s Up Pittsburgh?, Clarion University Gallery, Clarion, PA 

2011  

Pittsburgh Biennial, The Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Sites of Passage, The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 

2010 

Soft Power II. Art and Technologies in the Biopolitical Age, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao Spain 

2009 

Transfer Lounge, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Soft Power. Art and Technologies in the Biopolitical Age, Amarika Project, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
EveryBody!: Visual resistance in feminist health movements, 1969-2009, I-Space, Chicago
A Studio of Their Own: The Legacy of the Fresno Feminist Experiment [with F. Wilding], Phebe Conley Gallery at CSU Fresno, CA 

2008  

Raw Symbiosis: Animals_Nature_Culture, City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia
A Week With|Out Women residency at Galerija Nova & performance at Student Center Club, Teater &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Deliciously Disposable Earth, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

2007 

Pathogeographies (or, other people’s baggage), Gallery 400, University of Illinois,
Chicago Women Artists of Southern California: Then and Now [with F. Wilding], Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Politics of Pleasure, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Corporate Art Expo 07, The Lab, San Francisco, CA 

2006
Cyberfem. Feminisms on the Electronic Landscape, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló (EACC), Spain 2006
In Transit: from Object to Site, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI 

2005 

Arte Nuevo InteractivA’05, Patio Central del Centro Cultural Olimpio, Mérida, Mexico
Intersex 1-0-1 Festival, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany 

2004-05
The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
YOUGenics3, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

2004 

XI International Performance Art Festival: Out of Focus, ExTeresa Arte Actual, Mexico City
Thought Crimes: The Art of Subversion, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
Bio-Difference: The Political Ecology, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Univ. of Western Australia 

2003 

YOUGenics2: Exploring the Social Implications of Genetic Technologies, Southwest Missouri State Univ., Springfield 

2002 

Hardware, Software, Wetware & Women, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Art + Activism, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
23rd Annual New Media & Art Festival, Bowling Green State University, OH
Grade AAA Eggs performance, Bowling Green State University, OH
Aller Anfang, Museum füer Voelkerkunde, Vienna, Austria
Unmediated Vision : Art : Technology : Culture, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS 

2001 

OBN Very Cyberfeminist International, Hamburg, Germany
Knowing Bodies, St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg, Canada
Intermediale Festival: Art Happens!, Mainz, Germany 

2000 

Fusion! Artists in a Research Setting, The Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Digital Secrets, Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ 

*Note: this abbreviated resume reflects both solo projects and collaborative work with subRosa and others. A detailed academic c.v. is available on request.