Oaklee Thiele

Oaklee Thiele


Solo Shows 
2021 (forthcoming) This is How We Came to Be: A Handler's Bond With Her Service Dog, The Quincy Art Center, Quincy, Illinois

2019 I Hope You Find Comfort (In This and In Life), Light Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2019 I am Hers and She is Mine, Bend Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Way Opens Disability Arts & Culture, Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan 

2019 Show Your Paper, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2019 Faculty Exhibition, Dow Center for Visual Arts, Interlochen, Michigan 

2019 Hard to Kill: Survivor's Exhibition, Agitator Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2018-2019 Detour, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Traveling Exhibition:

Washington D.C., Worcester, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Bowling Green, KY, Denver, Co

2018 All Artworks, Venue Tower, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2018 Youth #3, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
2018 Collector’s Show, Venue Tower, Grand Rapids, Michigan 
2018 Shape Open, Art Pavilion, London, England 
2017 In Her Hands, Trent University, Ontario, Canada
2017 Collector’s Show, Venue Tower, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2017 ArtPrize 9, DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2019 Artist in Residence at Soaring Gardens, Laceyville, Pennsylvania 

Murals and Public Works
2017 Dennison Center Mural, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan 
2016 Untitled (Mural), Azteca Mexican Bar and Grill, Springfield, Illinois
2015 Untitled (Photographs printed on metal, Office stills) Springfield Clinic, Springfield, Illinois  

Interviews and Podcasts
2019 Artist Interview with NYC Art Collective http://www.phoenix-gallery.com/oaklee-thiele.html

2019 Light Conversations with Erika Townsley, The Light Gallery Podcasts  https://www.lightgallerygr.com/podcast/e10oakleethiele

Permanent Collections
Ronald McDonald House, Peoria, Illinois

Fredrick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Southwind Park, Springfield, Illinois 

African American History Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Works held in private collections in Texas, Illinois, Florida, and Michigan 

Grants and Awards

2019 Ringholz Art Supply Award

2019 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition
2018 VSA Emerging Young Artist Award, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


2021 (forthcoming) Exhibiting Artist Talk, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL

2020 (forthcoming) Artist Talk, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2020 (forthcoming) Service Dogs and Art, Little Flower School, Springfield, IL

Teaching Experience
2021 (forthcoming) TBD Workshop, Quincy Art Center

2019 Studio Assistant, Interlochen Arts Academy

2018 Studio Intern, Grand Rapids Art Museum

2018 One day workshop Art History, Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield, IL
2017 One day workshop Be Who You Are, Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield, IL