Lil Olive holds an MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has participated in five solo exhibitions: Sublime/Subliminal, The Language of Nature/ MFA Thesis Show, Savannah College of Art and Design in 2022, and four solo exhibitions at Obelisk Gallery in Springfield, Mo.; Sublime/Subliminal in 2022, New Works in 2021, Earth Melancholia in 2019 and Reflections and Other Water Offerings in 2017. Olive has also exhibited in two nationally juried shows; Ecoconsciousness, 2020, juror Eleanor Heartney, and Inspiration, a group show at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. in 2018. Lil’s work can be found in collections from Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Springfield, Mo. to public and private collections across the Midwest.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The inspiration I draw from nature comes from living in the Ozarks most of my life. Through my work, I engage in an ongoing dialogue with nature, sometimes even hiding text in the landscapes I depict. My view is at once romantic and melancholic as I consider nature’s uncertain future. Surreal elements emerge as I combine representation with the imaginary; flowers seem to dance, birds seek love, trees ask us to look. My paintings deepen my relationship with landscape—and the more my reverence grows, the more sacred that connection becomes.   

Artist Lil Olive

2022 The Language of Nature, solo exhibition MFA Thesis Exhibition for Savannah College of Art and Design, Springfield, Mo.

EXHIBITIONS

2022 Sublime/Subliminal, solo exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2022 The Language of Nature/MFA Thesis, solo exhibition, Savannah College of Art and Design.
2021 New Works, solo exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2020 Ecoconsciousness, juror Eleanor Heartney, a nationally juried show.
2019 Earth Melancholia, solo exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2018 Inspiration: A National Juried Group Exhibition Exploring Creative Expression, Webster Arts Center, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2018 It’s Not Natural, two-person exhibition, Bookmarx Bookstore, Springfield, Mo.
2017 Reflections and Other Water Offerings, solo exhibition, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2016 Spiva Invitational Group Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2014 New Works, solo exhibition, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2013 Tribute to Rose O’Neil, group exhibition, Rose O’Neil House, Drury University. Springfield, Mo.
2010 Open Doors Invitational, group exhibition, Creamery Arts Center, Springfield, Mo.
2006 Photo Spiva National Juried Competition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2005 Get Your Heart On, group exhibition, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2004 Keep Off the Grass, two-person exhibition, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2003 Eating Disorder Awareness, group exhibition, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
2002 Still Lives: Real and Imagined Two Person Show, Carthage Art Central, Carthage, Mo.
2000 Photo Spiva, National Juried Competition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
1998 Silos and Minarets, solo exhibition, Mud House Coffee Shop, Springfield, Mo.
1997 Two Person Show, Iron Horse Restaurant, Springfield, Mo.

Public Collections
Orthopedic Specialists of Springfield, Springfield, Mo.
Rose O’Neil House, Drury University, Springfield, Mo.
Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

Public Commissions
Two Murals, Discovery Center Children’s Museum, Springfield Mo.

Publications

2020, Ecoconsciousnes, a nationally juried online catalogue and billboard show.
2019, Salann Magazine, Artist Feature.
2017, Reflections and Other Water Offerings,The Poetry and Painting of Lil Olive, Lulu Press.
1998, The Art and Science of Chocolate, Event Poster, Discovery Center Children’s Museum, Springfield, Mo.
1997, Album Cover, Frog Daddy Band

Awards
2014 Patron’s Choice Painting Award, 1st Place
Spiva Art Center Charity Ball

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WHAT IS INSPIRING ME

A view from around the farm. A view from my Instagram account.

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