Russ Wills is a New Jersey based fine artist working in photography and fused glass. While using glass and light as the primary subject matter of his photography for his MFA thesis, Wills accidentally became obsessed with glass fusing.
Wills found glass to be surprisingly strong while simultaneously fragile, a powerful metaphor of life. The glass used in Wills’ photography along with his stand-alone glass pieces suggest hope, restoration, and renewal. The most striking glass pieces are cut, often violently ground to dust, and ultimately exposed to tremendous heat before the life-giving beauty will emerge. While the work can be enjoyed at a purely sublime level, the deeper spiritual meanings of his work also offer mental and spiritual stimulation.
Wills earned his Master of Fine Art from Academy of Art University in Fall of 2015. Wills has shown his work at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC, City Without Walls gallery in Newark, NJ, the Watchung Art Center in Watchung, NJ, the Maplewood Art Center in Maplewood, NJ, All Angels Gallery in NYC, Darkroom Gallery, in Essex Jct, Vermont, and other venues in the tri-state area.
Accomplishments / CV
Russ Wills: Curriculum Vitae
1025 Madison Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Academy of Art University
Master of Fine Art (Photography)
Drew Theological School
Master of Divinity
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
BA in Fine Art
Minor in Mathematics
Soho Photo Gallery (Alternative Photography Competition), New York City (November, 2018)
Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ (November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017)
Photographic Learning Center, Mill Valley, CA (September 9, 2017 to November 22, 2017)
Overlook Hospital, Bouras Auditorium, Summit, NJ (July 29, 2017 to October 7, 2017)
Juror for Gallery 14, 8th National Juried Photographic Exhibit (2017)
Juror for Raratin Photographic Society, (May 2017)
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ (January 19, 2017 to March 18, 2017)
Watchung Arts Center Juried Exhibit, Watchung, NJ (November 1-29, 2016)
Old York Cellers (June 29 to September 7, 2016)
1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ (March 26 to April 24, 2016)
Better World Market, Somerset, NJ (September 26, 2015)
Johnson & Johnson Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ (April 20 to June 5, 2015)
Darkroom Gallery, Vermont (February 26 to March 22, 2015)
All Angels Gallery, New York City, NY (October 10 to November 17, 2015)
Pillar College, Somerset Campus
Soho Photo (one night show)
Gravity Arts Initiatives, Dunellen Street Fair
Cornerstone Dance Studio
Stonecrest Community Church (hosted by Cornerstone Dance Studio)
Photography Basics (2014 Draft). Self Published, 2014.
The Art of Shalom. 210 pages. Self Published, 2012.
Bread and Wine: Are We Missing the Point?
The Hippo Peed on the Carpet
On Evangelicals, Orthodoxy and the End of the World
Balance and the Infamous Pendulum
Merry Christmas, Dammit!
Remains of Eden. Audio CD. 2000.
Before the Fall. Audio Cassette. 1995.
Pillar College (formerly Somerset Christian College)
Full-Time (Assistant Professor): July 2006 to present
Adjunct: January, 2005 to June 2006
Adjunct: September 2007 to June 2010
Art and Culture (course creator)
Introduction to Digital Photography (course creator)
Innovation and Creativity (course creator)
Worldviews for Communications
Media, Technology and Society (course creator)
Website Design and Development (course creator)
CAPStone IV: Engaging Culture
Media and Worship
Old Testament Survey
Historical Books of the Old Testament
The Major Prophets
The Minor Prophets
New Testament Survey
Talks and Lectures
City Without Walls, Round-table discussion (March, 2017)
“The Well” at Evangel Church (July 20, 2014)
Pillar College Youth Pastor’s Event (May 20, 2014)
Pillar College Faculty Symposium (May 1, 2014)
Pillar College Student Retreat (March 7-9, 2014)
Pillar College Student Chapel (October 9, 2013)
First Baptist Church of Union, NJ
Living Stones Church, Somerville, NJ (Bilingual congregation with a translator)
Roseland Presbyterian Church, Roseland, NJ
East Brunswick Baptist Church, NJ
CrossPointe Church, Princeton, NJ
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (The College of NJ and Rutgers University)
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