Namon Bills

fine art

Bio & Artist Statement

Namon Bills

Originally from Spanish Fork, Utah, I received my BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University in 2001 and my MFA in Painting from Utah State University in 2006.

My art focuses on the Hegelian concept of synthesis, both on formal and conceptual levels. Through the use of mixed media and ostensibly disparate images, I explore questions of relationships between ideas and imagery, and seek to find synthesis aesthetically and conceptually.

Since graduation from Utah State, I have continued to create and exhibit my artwork. I have also organized and curated a number of large group exhibitions.

Outside of art, I've been an award-winning newspaper editor and now work as a web designer doing hand-coded HTML and CSS for Izeni in Provo, Utah.


Contact

Contact me via email: namonb@gmail.com

You can also check out my blog: namonbillsart.blogspot.com


Resumé

  • 2014
  • Juried Exhibition Annual Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Teaching Experience Visiting Artist, Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, St. George, Utah
  • Teaching Experience Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah (spring semester, two classes of beginning drawing)
  • 2013
  • Teaching Experience Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah (fall semester, 1 class beginning drawing)
  • Juried Exhibition 28th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Annual Holiday Show, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Group Exhibition Westminster College Faculty Art Exhibit, Jewett Center, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Curated Exhibition That Thing You Hate, Alice Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Publication Artists Embrace Foreign Mediums, Daily Utah Chronicle, 18 September 2013
  • Publication Local Artists Do What They Hate For New Exhibition, interview with KCPW radio, 18 September 2013
  • Publication Exhibition Review: That Thing You Hate: Namon Bills challenges artists to embrace new styles, 15 Bytes, September 2013
  • Juried Exhibition Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Summer Arts Showcase, Covey Center for the Arts, Provo, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Utah County Art Show, Utah County Art Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Group Exhibition Known/Now, Grotto Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Group Exhibition Tin, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Award Nomination nominated for Utah's 15 award as one of Utah's 15 most influential artists.
  • Juried Exhibition 5th Annual Idaho Falls Arts Council Juried Exhibition, Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Juried Exhibition Annual Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • 2012
  • Award Award of Merit, 27th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 27th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Annual Holiday Show, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Group Exhibition Westminster College Faculty Art Exhibit, Jewett Center, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibition Spatial Relations, Gallery East, Utah State University Eastern, Price, Utah
  • Publication More Than Red and Blue: Art and Politics Meet in Utah Exhibits, Salt Lake Tribune, 1 November 2012
  • Publication Art Of Politics: Two Exhibits Explore Presidential Election, City Weekly, 22 October 2012
  • Publication 'E Pluribus Unum,' a Timely Exhibit at Utah State, Standard-Examiner, 15 October 2012
  • Publication Sixteen Artists Come Together to Form One, Utah State Today, 11 October 2012
  • Curated Exhibition E Pluribus Unum, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Off the Map, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Box of Hope, American Cancer Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Teaching Experience Beginning Drawing (Art 100), Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibition Works on Paper, Covey Center for the Arts, Provo, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Summer Arts Showcase, Covey Center for the Arts, Provo, Utah
  • Curated Exhibition Untitled, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 88th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 9th International Art Competition, Church History Museum, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Annual Statewide Competition, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • 2011
  • Group Exhibition Externalities, Delta College, University Center, Michigan
  • Juried Exhibition 25th Annual Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Salon, Logan Fine Art, Logan, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Spring Fine Art Show, Utah County Art Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • Award Honorable Mention, Spring Fine Art Show, Utah County Art Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • Curated Exhibition Homage, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Publication Utah Artists Say Thank You: Homage at the Rio Gallery, 15 Bytes, April 2011
  • Publication Homage at Rio Gallery: Artists pay tribute to their sometimes-surprising inspirations in this group show, Salt Lake City Weekly, March 15, 2011
  • Invitational Exhibition Recent Alumni from the Department of Drawing & Painting Works from 2002–2008 Graduates, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • 2010
  • Invitational Exhibition The Holiday Show, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 25th Annual Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Evening in the Art, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Two-person Exhibition New Works by Namon Bills and Justin Wheatley, Tanner Frames, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition 2010 Summerfest Exhibit, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition Box Paper Scissors Cigar Box Fundraiser, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Curated Exhibition Angels in the Architecture, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Publication Angels in the Architecture, Artists take on a thematic challenge to combine the ethereal with the concrete. Salt Lake City Weekly, 28 April 2010
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2009
  • Juried Exhibition 24th Annual Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 35x35 (35 Utah artists under age 35), Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Freedom Festival Fine Art Exhibit, Provo, Utah
  • Award Honorable Mention, Freedom Festival Fine Art Exhibit, Provo, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Pioneer Heritage Highway Exhibit, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, Utah
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Curated Exhibition The 9 Muses, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah; Trolley Square, Salt Lake City; Rose Wagner Theater, Salt Lake City; Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah
  • Publication The 9 Muses: An interdisciplinary exhibit of poetry and visual art, full-color exhibition catalogue, published by Black Rock Books, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Publication On Poetry and Art, 15 Bytes: Artists of Utah ezine, January 2009
  • 2008
  • Invitational Exhibition Annual Holiday Show, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Two-person Exhibition Layered Dialogue. Two-person exhibit with Steven Stradley, Tanner Frames, Salt Lake City
  • Invitational Exhibition Utah Arts Council Grantee Showcase, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City
  • Award Emerging Artist Grant, Utah Arts Council
  • Curated Exhibition The State Street Project, opening exhibit, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah; Gallery 110, Provo, Utah; Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah; Juniper Fine Arts Gallery, Kanab, Utah; Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah; Alliance for the Varied Arts, Logan, Utah
  • Publication Highway 89 Revisited, Salt Lake City Weekly, Feb. 27, 2008
  • Publication The Point of the Journey, 15 Bytes: Artists of Utah ezine, March 2008
  • Juried Exhibition BDAC Statewide Competition 2008, Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • 2007
  • Invitational Exhibition 300 Plates at Art Access, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibition 100 Collages, Palmers Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Group Exhibition Once Around the Sun, Cisco 13, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition Lehi Round-Up Days Fine Art Exhibit, Lehi, Utah
  • Award 3rd place, Lehi Round-Up Days Fine Art Exhibit, Lehi, Utah
  • 2006
  • Solo Exhibition Temple: An Installation, Palmers Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Solo Exhibition Synthesis and the Egyptian Temple, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Group Exhibition One Time Only, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Group Exhibition 4th Annual Wherehouse Show, former Army-Navy Surplus building, Logan, Utah
  • Solo Exhibition Postcards from Nuania, Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Juried Exhibition 60 Square Inches, 15th Biennial North American Small Print Exhibition, Robert Rigel Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Juried Exhibition 19th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Group Exhibition Namon Bills Collage Workshop, Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, Logan, Utah