Kinetic sculptor Anne Lilly uses carefully engineered motion to shift and manipulate our perceptions of time, space and energy. Her ordered and precisely constructed interactive sculptures move in strikingly organic, fluid and mesmeric ways. Employing opposing modalities -- analytical and intuitive, rational and emotional -- Lilly's sculptures elicit new connections between the physical space outside ourselves and our own private, psychological domain. They are usually fabricated in machined stainless steel, but require the viewer's touch to initiate movement: pressing clinical qualities against the sensuous response of each piece.
In 2013, Lilly received the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was named a 2014 visiting artist at MIT, 2012 artist-in-residence at the Art Institute of Boston, and was awarded the 2011 Blanche E. Colman Grant. She has created artworks for a year-long exhibition of kinetic art at the MIT Museum, the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, the City of Boston’s ParkArts program, and the Fort Point Public Arts Series. Her work was included in the 2007 DeCordova Museum Annual Exhibition, has been collected by the DeCordova Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and is held in corporate and private collections internationally. Through competitive selection in 2005 she was awarded a public commission for a permanent sculpture on the Boston Harbor, and the Boston Globe named her 2003 FPAC exhibition one of the ten best exhibits of the year.
Lilly holds a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech, and has taught at MIT, Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, the DeCordova School, and Maud Morgan Arts. In a project funded by the NEA, from 2005 to 2007 she collaborated with the DeCordova Museum’s education department to develop and administer an annual institute for teachers, using kinetic sculpture to link the instruction of art and science in middle and high schools. Ms. Lilly is represented by Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Will Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, MA, and gWatson Gallery in Stonington, ME.
"Anne Lilly’s captivating stainless steel sculptures...are so intricately engineered they appear to do magic. Tall rods rising from cylinders planted on gears rush toward each other, bowing, then fall away in one fluid motion. Rotating grills look like they’ll collide, then they miraculously pass. The movement of each sparely designed piece is full of grace and surprise."
- Cate McQuaid, the Boston Globe