Native to Illinois, Oaklee Thiele (IAA 14-17, IAC ST 19) utilizes her platform in the arts to serve as a positive advocate for individuals with disabilities, addressing concerns about accessibility and inclusivity through written and painted works. In 2018, Oaklee was paired with a service dog, Coco, resulting in a new body of work that now discusses recovery and the intimate bond that has formed between them.
Recently, Oaklee was named "Disability Advocate" for the Woman Made Gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves on their Advisory Board and Programming Committee with the aim of creating exhibitions and events that are more accessible.
Featured ArtPrize Artist at the Grand Rapids Art Museum