ABOUT THE ARTIST

CV (as of Oct. '18)

Gallery Showings:

  • Hokin Honors Awards Show, nominated artist (see “Awards”) April - May 2018
    Hokin Gallery (South Loop, Chicago IL)

  • Halloween All Year (Avondale, Chicago IL) Jan. & April 2018

  • IC3 Manifest Portrait Show May 2017
    Glass Curtain Gallery (South Loop, Chicago IL)

  • IC3 Annual Release (see Publications)  Oct. 11, 2017
    Casa Calle 20 (Pilsen, Chicago IL) 

  • The Rabbit Hole (Pilsen, Chicago IL) Oct. - Nov. 2016

 

Publications: 

  • Piece + Bio published in FORGE Art Magazine Issue 22 (x) April 24, 2019

  • Illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright Hyde House published in South Side Weekly Architecture Issue (x) April 17, 2019

  • Interview published in VoyageChicago's "Art & Life" section (x) Sept. 2018

  • Featured Illustrator on Illustration CCC's Facebook page (x) Sept. 2018

  • Artist feature published on ShopColumbia blog (x) Sept. 2018

  • Linework Anthology 2018 Spring 2018
    Selected artist for curated submission

  • Columbia College Chicago IC3 Illustration Annual 2017 Fall 2017
    Contributing artist

  • IMNOROTTER Chicago Coloring Book Feb. 4, 2017 
    Page design contribution

  • Melted Magazine Spring 2017
    Designed series of gig posters for national concerts

  • Linework Anthology 2016 Dec. 2016
    Contributing artist

Awards:

  • 2018 IC3 Illo Awards Nov 1, 2018
    Illustrator of the Year (won), Best Traditional Illustrator (nominated), Best Website (nominated), Best Overall Illustration (nominated)

  • Hokin Honors Awards 2018  April 12, 2018
    Best in Show (for humdrum)

  • 2017 IC3 Illo Awards Dec. 17, 2017
    Best Website (Won), Best Overall Illustration (Nominated)

 

Community Involvement:

  • Participated in Open Studios November 30, 2018

  • Tabled at ISG's Art Harvest November 16-17, 2018

  • Kickstand Productions June 2017-
    Designing, printing, and selling gig posters at concerts throughout the city.

  • The Fallout "Revenge of the Pussy" Jan. 21st, 2017
    Donated poster design for all-female fronted band showcase, profits donated to planned Parenthood

  • The Beehive "Standing Rock Benefit” Jan. 21, 2017

  • Contributing artist, donated profits from art sales

  • Hotel Lincoln Holiday Market   Dec. 3, 2016
    Tabled with Columbia College’s Illustration Student Group

  • Shop Columbia (South Loop, Chicago IL) Nov. 2016-
    Resident Artist

 

Miscellaneous:

  • Studio Assistant Summer 2018
    Assisted Michael K Paxton with packing, transporting, and photographing paintings and drawings

  • NYC Book Expo May 31 - June 2, 2017
    Bologna Children's Book Illustration Guest Juror

  • SGC International 2017 Atlanta Conference March 15-19, 2017
    Received SGC International Student + Emerging Professions Grant to attend

 

Work Experience:

  • Freelance Illustrator 2016 -
    Custom commissions for a variety of clients, designing and screen printing gig posters (see “Community Involvement”), logo design

  • Columbia College Chicago Printmaking Facility Student Worker 2016 -
    Checked out equipment to students, troubleshoot student’s problems with their projects, upkeep and maintain shop, further develop printmaking technical abilities in various mediums.

  • Baker Prints: Studio Assistant September 2016 -
    Began as intern at a local screen printing company, accepted part time job. Cleaned screens, assisted in print production, quality control monitoring, and packaging orders for shipping, among other various responsibilities. 

Artist Statement

Lily Cozzens is an artist and illustrator living and working in Chicago. Through realism and accessible materials, she utilizes the medium of drawing to explore and balance the ideas of sincerity and banality.
 

Being able to accurately and realistically capture something - a person, an object, a moment - lends itself to a permanence beyond itself. A realistically drawn image has an air of magic that something like a camera, which is often touted as the ultimate tool of realism, could never quite live up to. In photography, the camera acts as an intermediary between the artist and the subject. In drawing, there is no such boundary - the medium is only an extension of the artist.
 

Utilizing pen and other non-traditional materials lends a certain approachability to my work. Ink is indelible, which keeps an edge and subversiveness to the process. This medium lends itself to both the detailed execution and the limited color palette of my work. I find that I am naturally attracted to using black, reds, and blue (the primary ballpoint pen colors). In some pieces, I like to incorporate found objects and/or color blocking to further enliven the image. I try to pair my detailed execution with the stylistic use of my chosen medium in order to bring a warmth and vivacity to my brand of realism.