Emily Trovillion has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past 40 years and has been included in the permanent collections of many educational and public institutions including the Minneapolis Art Institute, the University of New Mexico Art Museum and the University of Illinois among others. Her work was recently shown in Germany, China, Japan and South Korea becoming part of major private collections in Seoul, Miami, Seattle, Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, St Louis and London as well as collections of many illustrious local persons.
Trovillion and her art were recently (January 2016) profiled in a South Korean Arts and Culture Magazine.
Trovillion moved to New Mexico in 1992 and has worked as an illustrator for the Alibi, Westword Magazine, the Oil and Gas Journal, and Santa Fe publications. Her work has been exhibited at the Parks Gallery in Taos, New Concept Gallery, Pop Gallery and Muse Image in Santa Fe and several Albuquerque galleries including the Weyrich Gallery, Matrix Gallery, Park Fine Art, The Stranger Factory, The KiMo Theater, South Broadway Cultural Center, Freestyle Gallery, Sumner and Dene, Exhibit 208, and others.
Trovillion was honored with the AABA Local Treasure Award for her art and her contribution as a teacher and mentor in the community. Her work was included in seven Magnifico exhibitions and Albuquerque Museum of Art and History group shows including The Art of Albuquerque and the Miniatures and More exhibition.
Trovillion grew up near a rural town on the Ohio River in Southern Illinois where she developed a strong work ethic. She works in her Northeast Heights studio every day. Recently she has taken on the challenge of larger scale and more demanding pieces. Trovillion recently completed several portrait commissions.
“I believe it’s always good to challenge oneself” Emily Trovillion
I’ve known many people who collect things, from bottles to boxes of displayed insects, to archaic books, to odd shaped mirrors. I consider myself a collector of faces. I draw them from life, my imagination, photographs in newspapers, vernacular shots and magazines while always altering them, even their genders. I then piece them together with animals, plants and minerals almost like assemblage. When I paint, I imagine them in strange future landscapes – maybe “post-apocalyptic”. They are often presented in groups contemplating their own reasons for being and the why of the universe. My characters are puzzled but very adaptable. They empathize with the fellow animals and sympathize with the trees. My characters emblemize consciousness.