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Artist Emily McIlroy will talk about her new body of work The Lilies How They Grow, which she began over three years ago after returning from the wilds of Alaska and the Yukon. She will also share images and stories from her recent artist residency at Glacier National Park in July 2018. Emily uses the practice of drawing and painting to explore the relationship between ourselves and our environment, our inner landscapes and our outer ones. Looking simultaneously both outward and inward, she seeks to connect the natural world—its beauty, violence, power, and fragility—with our own internal ecologies.

Emily McIlroy earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She was a recipient of the Melusine Award in Painting, the John Young Scholarship in the Arts, the Geraldine P. Clark Memorial Fellowship in Painting, the H. John Heide Fellowship in Art and the UH Mānoa Graduate Teaching Fellowship. She has had recent solo exhibitions in Kaneohe, HI, Berea, KY and Las Vegas, NV. She recently completed an Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park in Montana. McIlroy currently teaches at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, the Honolulu Museum of Art School and the Hawai’i State Art Museum. She is the author of One Half Living for Two: Cross-Cultural Paradigms of Twinship and Twin Loss. www.emilymcilroy.com

First floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building. Parking across the street in the Ali’i Place building (entrance at 1099 Alakea St., cash only), metered parking at ‘Iolani Palace, or metered street parking. Several TheBus lines stop either in front of or close to the building.