Bio | CV

Born in Charlotte NC, I ran away from home once taking only a camera. At age twelve, my family moved from the city to Atlanta exurb Snellville. After high school, I lived for a month in Stockholm with former exchange student/boyfriend and his family then returned to attend the University of Georgia during the heyday of the Athens music scene, spending more time in the clubs than the classrooms. By chance, I took a photography class in my last semester. Post graduation, I spent a year formally studying photography, living in a remote cabin without heat, shooting and printing a portfolio. Accepted into the MFA Photography program at Georgia State University, I graduated in 1993. I worked for ten years as a Photo Editor for Turner Broadcasting, eventually serving as director over post-production and the corporate archive and served as art director (photographic) for two television shows. It was someone’s dream job – just not mine. I returned to making art in 2002. I call myself a photographic mixologist, creating projects that use context to speculate on the intersection of choice, chance and circumstance. Shot entirely with a cell phone camera, my critically acclaimed performance/interactive project “The Oracle @ WiFi” was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2012. My work resides in the collections of the High Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and many others. Recent exhibitions include New Mexico Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, the Zuckerman Museum, and Whitespace Gallery. I’ve received grants from Society for Photographic Education, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and a Hambidge Fellowship.




“Beth Lilly: Oracle”, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins Colorado

“Every single one of these stories is true”, The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2008    “Beth Lilly: The Oracle @ WiFi”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia

2007    “Trees: Myths, Monsters, and Manipulations”, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2006    “The Myths of Trees”, Vanderbilt University, Sarratt Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2004    “The Myths of Trees”, Eleanor D Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia



“A Sense Of Place”, curated by Amy Miller, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

“Im/Permanence”, eyedrum, Fuse Arts Center, Atlanta Georgia

“Artists Photographing Artists”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta

“Tension”, C4 Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia


“From Cosmology To Neurology And Back Again”, Whitespace, Atlanta Georgia

“Paper Moon”, Clayton Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia

Slow Exposures Photography Festival 2012, Honorable Mention, Jurors Julian Cox (San Francisco Museum of Art) and Brett Abbot (High Museum of Art Atlanta) Pike County, Georgia

“Airport: 2012”, APG, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

“Outside The Frame”, Atlanta Photography Gallery, APG, Atlanta, Georgia

2011    “Earth Now: American Landscape Photographers and the Environment”, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe New Mexico

“Home”, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

“Brett Abbott Selects”, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta

2010     “Woman’s Work”, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009    “14th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts

2008    “Chance Operations” Climate Theater, San Francisco, California

“Columbus Museum Biennial”, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Georgia

“Adventures in Mysticism”, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia

2007            “New Works”,  Silver Eye Center For Photography, Online Gallery,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Young Movers and Shakers”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia

2006            “Inventing Nature”, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur, Georgia

2005            “Photography Now: 2005”, Juror Bill Hunt, Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY.

“Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Photography”, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Introversions”, galerie m.c., Atlanta, Georgia

2004                  “Southeastern Juried Exhibition” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama


2013    “Post-Apocalyptic Photo Challenge”, Concept, co-juror and organizer, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, Georgia

2009          “Gifted” Public Art project funded by Atlanta Celebrates Photography and concurrent exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia



Lilly, Beth, The Oracle @ WiFi, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2012

Cullum, Jerry, Fox, Catherine and Hicks, Cinque, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape.  Atlanta Art Now, 2011


Ware, Katherine, Earth Now: American Landscape Photographers and the Environment.  New Mexico Museum of Art, 2011

Selected Awards, Grants & Honors

2013    Board member, Atlanta Photography Group

Studio Artist, Contemporary Art Center of Atlanta

2012   Society for Photographic Education Southeast Region Grant

2009   Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Annual Public Art Project Grant

2007   Artist Residency Fellowship at the Hambidge Center, Fulton County GA

1993   Individual Artist’s Grant, Dekalb Fine Arts Council, Dekalb County, Georgia


1989-1993   Master of Fine Arts in Photography    Georgia State University

Additional studies in Artist’s Books and Art History

1981-1985   Bachelor of Arts in Journalism    University of Georgia (cum laude)

Telecommunications Major – Radio/TV/Film Production


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