Sheryl Maree Reily is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Alaska whose work advocates for human and environmental well-being.
Originally from New Zealand, Reily came to the US to work in healthcare, and has since worked in the commercial fishing, retail, and hospitality, industries – her artwork responds to the economic, cultural and technological forces that are actively shaping our collective existence and the environment.
Reily’s concerns are the effects of corporatization on communities struggling to find a balance between economic and cultural survival. It is her intention to generate dialogue among individuals and constituencies, through work that is necessarily collaborative, conceptually motivated and pointed toward progressively deeper integration for the sake of environmental and human health.
Recent awards include a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, artist residencies with the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Gates of the Arctic National Park, and a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.
The Santa Fe Art Institute provided the environment I had been seeking to invest in and launch a project that had been incubating in my mind for a couple of years. I found this experience not only creatively productive but a time for learning and growth.
There is no doubt in my mind that there will be real change and positive outcomes as a result of this program and that the collective efforts of the SFAI, it’s sponsors and patrons, artists and the community of Santa Fe will ripple far and wide into the future.
SFAI truly believes and practices its mission of fostering community outreach, social engagement and positive impacts through creative means.