October 19 – November 20, 2016
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, October 28, 7 – 9 PM
In Lillian Bayley Hoover’s recent paintings, pieces of sky and architecture wedge up against one another reflecting encounters with environments on the brink of change yet strangely static. The world in Hoover’s compositions is moving and still, represented and abstracted, caught for the moment in a tense intersection of opposing energies. The paintings are compelling glimpses of ordinary, awkward places. The air seems to be magically suspended in a state of absolute quiet, but it may suddenly rush in. They are presentations that bear the history of slow, careful looking at anything anywhere anytime.
About the Artist: Lillian Bayley Hoover’s paintings explore the banal, awkward, overlooked, and imperfect elements of our material environment. Recent solo exhibitions include Edges and Allowances at Honfleur Gallery (2016), Rapport at Goya Contemporary (2015), and Borders at Loyola University (2014). Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at venues such as School 33 and Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD), the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), and the Keisho Art Association (Aichi, Japan). In 2015, Hoover was awarded a full fellowship to participate in a residency at Vermont Studio Center, and she won the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Award in 2012. She has been selected as a semifinalist for Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize on five occasions. Hoover has received many other honors, including the Bethesda Young Artist Painting Award, three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grant from Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which allowed her to conduct research and photograph in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work has twice appeared in New American Paintings and was selected for the cover of the 69th issue. Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches drawing and painting courses at MICA, University of Maryland, and Towson University.