About Isabel Riley

Isabel Riley makes sculpture in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

This architectural and totemic work is made from materials that are borrowed from the natural and manmade world.  Textile, metal, plastic, wood, shell, glitter and other detritus are mixed with masonry to make sensitive and strong recordings of her daily life. These pieces carry a spiritual presence and delight the eye, surprising viewers from all angles and made with care.


Born 1970, Tyrone, PA

Lives and works in Boston, MA

1992 BFA,  Massachusetts College of Art


Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

2011 Isabel Riley and Amy Ruppel,  Driveby Projects, Watertown, MA

2010 Regional Conditions, Solo installation at Proof Gallery, Boston

2010  Side by Side 808 Gallery,  Boston University

2007  Isabel Riley and Jorg Fraske,  Cell Signaling, Beverly, MA

2006  Blues Under the Red Sun  Genovese-Sullivan Gallery, Boston

2005  Girl Feelings Genovese-Sullivan Gallery, Boston

2005  Three Attempts at Longevity,  Triple Candie, New York

2005  Boston Art Windows,  Storefront Installation, Boston, MA

2003  Isabel Riley and Laurel Sparks  Gallery at Green Street, Boston

2002  Isabel Riley and Laurel Sparks Massachusetts College of Art

2001  A Wilderness of Sweets,  Montserrat College of Art


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Pop- Up Show in Provincetown,  Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2017 Reciprocity: Audrey Goldstein, Anne Lilly, Isabel Riley, Deb Todd Wheeler, Kayafas Gallery, Boston, MA

2016 The Prettiest Star,  Gallery Very, Boston, MA

2012 Time Flies, 2 Years at Drive-By Projects, Watertown, MA

2009 Constructions New England College of Art and Design

2009 Threads American Textile, History Museum, Lowell, MA

2008  Boston Color,  Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York

2006 Crafty Bakalar Gallery,  Massachusetts College of Art

2005 Gallery Group Show,  Genovese- Sullivan Gallery Boston

2004 The Drawing Show, Mills Gallery Boston, MA

2003 Surrounded Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

2002 South Enders, Mills Gallery

2002 The Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston , MA

1999 Constructed Painting, Mills Gallery Boston, MA



Fidelity Investments

Wellington Management


Simmons College

Private Collections