Carly Gilliland - Modern Artist 

I'm Carly Gilliland, and I am an emerging artist born and currently residing in the up-and-coming city of Birmingham, Alabama. As a recent graduate, I attended Birmingham-Southern College where I received a BFA in Painting & Drawing, with a minor focus in printmaking. My art is often influenced by my social perspective and the mundane things I fixate on. 

I'm Carly, but you already know that. What you may not know is my story and how it has found a new life in my art. When I was three years old, I started having seizures. Over the course of multiple ambulance rides and doctor visits, I was eventually diagnosed with Epilepsy and put on seizure medication. This, however, was only the beginning of a journey of diagnosis for me. Over the years I experienced the realities of childhood obesity, anxiety, and depression. Though this was often linked to my epilepsy, I often felt like there was something else in my head, something with a name that I just didn't know. At age 13, I finally found it's name; it was Asperger's Syndrome. A term since abandoned, Asperger's Syndrome is a form of Autism, often associated as being on the higher functioning end of the spectrum.

In the last decade since my diagnosis, I have learned overtime what it means for me as not only a person, but more specifically a girl, on the Autism Spectrum. Through my time in undergrad I began to explore the potential of connecting myself through my art. This allowed me to express my desires for structure and pattern through various abstracted techniques.  

Education 

2014-2018

Birmingham-Southern College, BFA

Awards 

2018

2018

Juror's Choice Award, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Alabama Art Supply Gift Award, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL 

Exhibitions 

Group

2016

Juried Student Exhibition, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

2017

Juried Student Exhibition, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Art at Night, Studio 2500, Birmingham. AL

2018

Bachelor's of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Juried Student Exhibition, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Art at Night, Studio 2500, Birmingham, AL

Finding Your Voice, Kelwood Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Art of Hope, American Society for Suicide Prevention, Birmingham, AL

Perturbation, University of Indiana-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN

2019

Contact Me

(205)717-7695

Pattern & Abstraction, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Chroma, Fine Line Creative Art Center, St. Charles, IL

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