Graduate Student Profile

Billi London-Gray

Billi London-Gray


Student Bio

After growing up in Wylie, Texas, I earned a B.A. in theology from Criswell College in Dallas and an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. With Daniel Bernard Gray, I co-directed the nonprofit Zosima Gallery in San Marcos, Texas, from 2011 to 2015. I will complete my M.F.A. at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2018. I live and work in Dallas, Texas.

Between my runs as a student, I've been a preschool teacher, news reporter and photographer, barista, backpacker, IRS numberer, office manager, writer, editor, social media coordinator, curator and lecturer. Art has become my true vocation through a continual process of making, questioning, and asking for help. It is the edgeless umbrella under which my many interests meet.

Twitter: @billilg
Instagram: @billilg
Vimeo: billi

Artist Statement

My creative practice incorporates video, photography, poetry, installation and curatorial projects that address revisionist narratives within a cross-disciplinary humanist framework. I address gender roles; the relationship between humanity and technology; stereotypes and bias in history; and social, racial and educational inequality. I see art as the most inclusive form of intellectual activity and public discourse, and the form most capable of dealing with the preverbal, sublime and bewildering experiences of life.

I rely on a wide variety of materials and environments. I work outdoors in specific locations because those places are meaningful, inhabited by history and material presence. I include found objects, common building supplies, and appropriated media that conjure important affiliations. I involve members of the public to crowd-source creativity and illustrate a multiplicity of perspectives. In probing the process of narrative revision, I contribute to the global dialog about our shared humanity and how we simultaneously create, control, color and consume the world around us.