BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Kay Gallery Presents Lillian Bayley Hoover In This World

By Editorial Team on May 2, 2018
Porch by Lillian Hoover. Courtesy of BlackRock.


Currently on view through June 2, 2018.


Artist Talk: Saturday, May 19 at 2pm

Infused with geometry and animated by issues of abstraction, Lillian Bayley Hoover’s paintings explore the ordinary, awkward, overlooked, and imperfect elements of our material environment. The relationship between unfettered, dynamic sky and the static restraint of banal architecture figures prominently in the series of works presented in her solo exhibition In This World. These places are not special; we do not encounter the sublime. The architecture interrupts, compresses, frames the sky, grounding the viewer and locating her in this world. Mindful and appreciative of the fleeting moment, yet still bearing the history of the place, Hoover’s paintings are comfortable with awkwardness. Simple, quiet, still, somewhat uneasy: we recognize the everyday visual elements of concrete life circumstances are more compelling than we expect. The act of looking slows us, quiets us, and allows us to notice.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present a series of 15 oil paintings on panel by Baltimore artist Lillian Bayley Hoover in her solo exhibition In This World from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the Kay Gallery.  Hoover will return to BlackRock to deliver an Artist Talk in the gallery on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Lillian Bayley Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. Recent solo exhibitions include Holding Space at Goya Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), For the Moment at VisArts (Rockville, MD), Edges and Allowances at Honfleur Gallery (Washington, DC), Rapport at Goya Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), and Borders at Loyola University (Baltimore, MD). Hoover’s work has appeared in group exhibitions at venues such as School 33 and Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD), McLean Project for the Arts (McLean, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), Silber Gallery at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA), the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), and the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Aichi, Japan). She was awarded a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center for a residency in 2015. In 2012, Hoover won the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Prize. 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. Her studio is located in Baltimore, MD and she currently teaches courses in drawing and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, University of Maryland at College Park, MD, and Towson University, Towson, MD). For more information, please visit the artist’s website:

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BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.