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Lily Hatchett works on view at Alliance in 2024 Biennial Grant Recipient Show


Lily Hatchett is one of five visual artists who is exhibiting work in the City of Fort Myers 2024 Biennial Grant Recipient Show on view in the main gallery of the Alliance for the Arts in the months of May.

Hatchett is a multimedia artist who combines sculpture, drawing, video and live performance in her body of work. Her art starts with drawing. Pencil, ink and paint on paper are her drawing mediums. She visualizes three dimensional ideas in flat space first.

“Drawing is a language,” Lily points out. “It is a universal language beyond the spoken or written word. Perhaps the spoken word preceded drawing, but drawings have lasting value, and are easily understood throughout time and culture. If you can’t read, just look at the pictures.”

Lily likes to work on and with paper because of its many extraordinary properties.

“Not only is it a perfect medium for drawing, paper also has the ability to contain light. It has structural potential and transformational powers as well.”

Born in Belgrade, Lily was raised in Paris, Honolulu and Ohio before moving to New York City, where she became immersed in the latter’s arts and cultural scene.

Lily received her B.A. at Antioch College in Ohio, where she studied staging, rigging, inflatable architecture, prototype 5 (covering one acre of land), early childhood education and fine arts. She earned her Master in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore. She moved to Fort Myers in 2007.

Hatchett has received individual artist grants from the City of Fort Myers in 2022, 2020, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009, along with a grant from the Meisenberg Family Foundation in 2020 and grants from Buffalo and New York City. Among her awards and accolades are a 2013 sculpture award from the Alliance for the Arts and a Paper Art Award from Big Arts in Sanibel.

The City of Fort Myers 2024 Biennial Grant Recipient Show is on display in the main gallery of the Alliance for the Arts through June 1st.

May 8, 2024.

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