Resume

Selected Solo Painting Exhibitions

2018  State of Wonder, solo show, Porter Faculty Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

2015  
Birdland, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC (2 person show with Tim Turner)

2008/09   
Intersection, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY

2006  
Encaustic Paintings from the Northwest, Synchronicity Fine Arts, New York, NY

2003  
Recent Paintings, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Molly Cliff Hilts at the Modern, Modern Media Gallery, Portland, OR
New Encaustic Paintings, High Desert Museum, Bend, OR
Encaustic Paintings Molly Cliff Hilts, Broken Top Club, Bend, OR

2001  
Molly Cliff Hilts, Office of State Treasurer Randall Edwards, State Capitol, Salem, OR

Selected Group Painting Exhibitions

2018  Mary Porter Sesnon and Pino Alto, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried) 

2017   Landscapes, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC
Spring and Fall Exhibitions,Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried) 

2016   
OnThe Wing,  3-artist show, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC
Catamaran Group Exhibition, R Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2015   50/50: Fifty Artists From 5 Decades, University of California Santa Cruz Alumni Exhibition, Westside R. Blitzer Gallery and UCSC Porter Faculty Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2014   
The Figure in Oil, Encaustic and Clay, 3 Artist Exhibition, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC
Oregon Artist Showcase, Parrish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR (Best Contemporary Art in Oregon, juried and curated by Elizabeth Spavento)
Oregon ArtBeat Alumni Exhibition, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
Art on the Vine, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR (invitational, live auction)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2013   
20th Annual Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR (invitational)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2012   
Lines of Communication, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC (invitational)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2011  Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2010   
Drawn from Nature: A Celebration of Sitka and NW Artists, 17th Annual Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
Luminous Layers, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR (invitational)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)
Fifth Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ (juried)
225°F: Encaustic Encounters, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC (invitational)
Group exhibition, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY
Portland Art Museum Collectors Salon, Portland, OR
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)
Visual Arts Showcase, Beaverton Library, Beaverton, OR (invitational, won Best in Show)

2009   
Chronicle Exhibit, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR (invitational)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2008   
Art in the Round Barn, Waitsfield, VT (juried)
Cascade Aids Project Art Auction, Portland, OR (invitational, honorable mention)
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2007   
Renewal, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (juried)
Griffith Park Benefit Show, LittleBird Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group exhibition, Rebecca V Gallery, Tacoma, WA
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)
Summer Ensemble, Borrego Art Institute, Borrego Springs, CA

2006  
Synchronicity Group Show, Synchronicity Fine Arts, New York, NY
Between Texture & Light, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, 4-artist show, essay by Michael Rips
Impulse, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR (juried)
Waxworks, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Spring and fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2005   
James Opie Private Collection Exhibition, Portland, OR
Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR (juried)

2003   
Cascade Aids Project Art Auction, Portland, OR (juried)

2002   
Molly Cliff Hilts, Ellis & Samuels, Borrego Springs, CA

1981    
Senior Show, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Collaboration

2008 to present
Paradoxical Undressing,The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England; Crossing Borders Festival, The Hague; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland; The Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia; with Kristin Hersh—Molly’s paintings are the backdrop for Hersh’s autobiographical spoken word performance

Selected Corporate Collections, and Corporate and Private Commissions

  • BeckerCapital Management, Portland, OR
  • BoiseMatthews LLP, Portland, OR  
  • CabrilloCollege, Sesnon House, Aptos, CA
  • Care Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Capital One Bank, Portland, OR
  • Central City Concern, Portland, OR
  • City of Portland, Commissioner’s Office, Portland, OR
  • City of Portland, RACC Visual Arts Chronicle of Portland, OR
  • Cityview Funeral Home, Salem, OR
  • Corral de Tierra Country Club, Salinas, CA
  • Cmedia, Portland, OR
  • Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, OR
  • GeffenMesher, CPA's, Portland, OR
  • Gerding/Edlen Development Co, Cyan Building Lobby, Portland, OR 
  • Global Specimen Solutions, Inc., Raleigh, NC
  • L’auberge du Lac Hotel and Casino, Lake Charles, LA
  • Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
  • Manzana Rotisserie Grills, Bellevue, WA, Lake Oswego and Portland, OR
  • Marriott Hotel, Lobby, downtown, Portland, OR
  • Marriott Residence Inn, Lobby, Pearl District, Portland, OR
  • Mastros Ocean Club, Newport Beach, CA
  • MODACorporate Offices, Portland, OR
  • Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, OR
  • ODS Corporate Offices, Portland, OR
  • Performance Health Technology, Portland, OR
  • Portland City Grill, Portland, OR
  • Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Portland, OR
  • Special Materials Company, Manhattan, NY
  • Teardrop Lounge, Portland, OR
  • Touchmarkin the West Hills, Retirement Community, Portland, OR
  • University of N. Carolina Hospital, Hillsborough, NC


Numerous private collections, including Bill and Melinda Gates


Selected Press

2018
SesnonGallery exhibition to celebrate family’s influence on the arts inSanta Cruz County,Scott Rappaport / April
“Stateof Wonder” Images of Molly Porter Cliff Hilts,Santa Cruz Style magazine, April, Geoffrey Dunn / April
MaryPorter Sesnon and the Magic of Pino Alto,Santa Cruz Style magazine, April, Geoffrey Dunn / April

2017
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery Artist Profile, interview and video

2015
Artwork featured in the Catamaran Literary Reader, Spring Issue

2014
Blue Greenberg, “Visual Artists Thrive at Two Hillsborough Galleries”, The Herald Sun, June 5
Chris Vitiello, “The Figure in Oil, Encaustic and Clay”, Indy Week, June

2013
Brian Libby, “Modern Moves”, Luxe. Interiors and Design magazine, Summer

2010 
Brett Campbell, “Artist on the Rise”, Oregon Quarterly Magazine, profile / Winter

2009
NY Art Beat, “Molly Cliff Hilts, Intersection”
David C. Lewis, “Molly Cliff Hilts”, All The Art Out There NYC blog, March 10
Jim McCabe, “NYC Gallery Visit, Molly Cliff Hilts”, All Nite Diner & Two Leaf Gallery NYC blog, January 10

2008 
Ginny Graves, "Living a More Creative Life", SELF magazine, October
Peter Beland, “Art to Go”, Portland Monthly Magazine, May

2007 
Oregon Public Broadcasting, television interview, May 2

2006 
Marc Acito, “P-Town Diary”, Portland Monthly Magazine, November
D.K.Row. D.K., "Shows of Note", Between Texture & Light, The Oregonian, July 21
D.K. Row, "Shows of Note", The Oregonian A&E, July 7
Jonathan Nicholas, “Heavy Luggage”, The Oregonian, Living, February 27

2005 
City of Portland, Portland Online, Mayor’s state tour, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Pendleton, OR, October 27
Oregon Public Broadcasting, television interview, September 15
Portland Monthly Magazine, "Regarding Henry", July

2004
Cat Solen, Red76 Arts Group, “Portland Art Diary” documentary video, Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, October

2002
Oregon Public Broadcasting television, “Oregon Art Beat” artist profile, June

Education

2016/2017
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, workshops
1991/2017 
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, continuing education
1981 
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA
1976/79 
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Affiliations



Honors/Awards

2017
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery Artist Profile, interview and video

2015
Featured artist, Catamaran  Literary Reader visual arts and literature magazine
2014 
Inclusion in Oregon Artist Showcase, Best Contemporary Art in Oregon, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
2013
Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Visual Chronicle of Portland, public art collection
2012 
Nomination/finalist, Encaustic La Vendeene Artistry Award, International Encaustic Association
2010
Franklin Award, service and mentoring in arts education, Franklin High School, Portland, OR
2009 
Best in Show, Beaverton Arts Commission, Visual Showcase, Beaverton, OR
2008 
Honorable Mention, Cascade Aids Project benefit auction, Portland Oregon
2004 
Chosen as one of two artists for the launching of Pendleton Contemporary Artist Series tapestries


Representation


Other Venues

Molly's work can be found at Roche Bobois, Portland, OR