The Tilley Family First Friday


January 23, 2018

Contact: Linda Weise

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The Tilley Family First Friday

Art by Eve and Lew Tilley

“Entirely Eclectic”

An Iconic Colorado Springs Family Shares Their Work


When one thinks about the history of visual art in Colorado Springs, you would be remiss to not include the Tilley Family.  Visual art and leadership roles alike, the Tilleys have been a critical part of who we are as a community.  The Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC) is pleased to host the show, “Entirely Eclectic” a display that includes everything from pop up cards to animal masks by father and daughter.  “I have included a piece from almost every era of Daddy’s work, including the only work he did as a high school student, and as many different mediums as I could,” says Eve Tilley.  “Eve and her entire family have been a part of the Conservatory since its inception in 1994.  They have supported the students in so many ways.  We are thrilled to host a little bit of the family’s history on our walls,” says Linda Weise, CEO of the CSC.

Alumni and students of the Conservatory will be entertaining guests with original works of music for this show.


First Friday Art Walk

Friday, February 2


Colorado Springs Conservatory

415 S. Sahwatch Street,

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Free and Open to the Public


Eve Tilley

Eve Tilley pic

Eve Tilley, a Colorado Springs native, attended School District 11 (graduating high school from the American International School, Vienna, Austria), and The Colorado College, receiving a B.A. in English (1968) and an M.A.T. in Teaching Humanities for Secondary Teachers (1992). She is probably best known as president of  the Pikes Peak Arts Council from 1996 – 2009, columnist for Springs Magazine from 2004 – 2009, or producer for the Star Bar Players (also acting and directing) from 1984 – 1991, and director for the Six Women Playwriting Festival with the Millibo Art Theatre (1998 – 2016).

She is not well known, however, as a visual artist.

Eve has been an artist since age 2, painting large angry faces using tempera paint on newsprint. She attended the Bemis Art School from 1954 until 1958, where she studied ceramics, copper enameling, linoleum and woodblock printing, painting and collage. A self-taught silk screen artist, with much help from printmaker father, Lew Tilley, she created posters for the Colorado College Drama and Dance Department while an undergraduate, Widefield High School Drama Department where she was an instructor in English and Drama, and Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School while a parent.  She also created their logo as well as the logo for the Star Bar Players (no longer in use) and designed their posters. In 2002, she won the “People’s choice Award” for “Vanity Chair” in the Imagination Celebration’s “Chair-ity Auction” and in 2003, she was awarded the “Springs Magazine Award for Best Technical Execution” for “Paper or Plastic” in “Body Packaging III: Identity Crisis.” She also won “The Most Original” award for “The Queen’s Throne” at the Business of Art Center (now the Manitou Art Center) Chair Project exhibition.

Eve created jungle animal masks for The Imagination Celebration production of “Jumpin’ Jazz”, and domestic animal masks for a Colorado Springs Conservatory original opera produced at the Furr Ball in 2011.

She has been creating pop-up cards since 1972, both as single copies and silk-screened versions for mass mailing. Most of these recent cards were generated in Publisher and cut out by a Silhouette Craft Cutter.

Lewis Lee Tilley

Lew Tilley

Lewis Lee Tilley III, painter, poet, printmaker, photographer, illustrator, watercolorist, animator, filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, computer art expert, scholar, experimental architect, actor, set designer, raconteur, gourmet cook, jazz fan and world traveler, was born in Parrott, Georgia, May 17, 1921. Lew was an artist from the beginning.  His mother could always tell where he had spent his day by peeking in his sketchbook.

Lew matriculated at Emory University in 1937, ostensibly to study either medicine or theology. In the summers, 1937- 1939, he studied at the Art School of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. The death of his father in 1939 required he move to the University of Georgia, where he became acquainted with Lamar Dodd, Jean Charlot, and John Held Jr. In the summer of 1938 Lamar Dodd recommended he attend summer classes at the newly created Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Art School to study with Boardman Robinson, Adolph Dehn and Lawrence Barrett. Lew received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1942, eventually returning to Colorado Springs for post-graduate studies at the FAC School. 1945 – 1951 he was hired as an instructor in painting, drawing, printmaking and design at the Fine Arts Center School and the Colorado College.

A “migratory bird” at heart, he took his family to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1952 where he bought his first camera and added photography to his repertoire. Upon returning to Colorado Springs he became a free-lance artist, writer, teacher, muralist, graphic designer and photographer. This interested led to film-making. From 1958 to 1962 he was writer-producer-director at Alexander Film Company.

In 1962 he took a two-year tour of duty with USAID in Kaduna, Nigeria, working with the British Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps. He returned to be professor of art at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in1986. Summers he returned to San Miguel de Allende and, through his studies at the Instituto de Allende, he received his M.F.A. from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1968.

Always ready to embrace a new medium, he became a pioneer in computer art and wrote articles and designed covers for the British publication Your Amiga Magazine in the late 1980’s and early ’90’s.

Among his honors were winning the purchase prize at the inaugural Canon City Blossom Festival (the first arts festival of its kind in the country) completing the circle when he returned as judge for their 50th anniversary. At USC he was voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” for 1979-1980 and also won an annual co-eds “Male Chauvinist Pig” award.

Lew Tilley died in Colorado Springs, October 4, 2005.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory, founded in 1994 has stayed on Mission to motivate, challenge and inspire students to their highest potential as human beings and artists through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy.  The preparatory music and theater program hosts thousands of students each year who embark in studies that include jazz, musical theater, composition, recording arts, opera, instrumental, singer songwriter and drama.  Programs are available for youth as young as two months through age eighteen.  Community and adult programs are also offered throughout the year.   The Conservatory has been awarded both local and national awards to include the coveted “Exemplary School of Distinction” from the Arts Schools Network as well as “Milestone Achievement” from the National Guild.  

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