Millennium Art Salon Presents The Ties That Bind and Zero Dollar Bill: The Prints of Imar Lyman at IA&A at Hillyer

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 29, 2022

Sat, September 3 2022 — Sun, October 30 2022

When I think of home, Sydney Vernon, 2022, graphite, colored pencil, and collage on paper, 24 x 18 in.


Opening Reception: Friday, September 2 from 6pm to 8pm


The Ties That Bind
The Black experience throughout the Diaspora is at once the same and distinct. The dispersal of Black people and the resultant varied historical experiences throughout the world has not dampened the spirit of a people. Interpersonal ties have maintained this spirit; they have strengthened, sustained, and grounded us. A celebration of these ties, cultural, religious, and spiritual is deserving and needed in a societal landscape of repeated assault and undermining. The artists exhibiting here present these connections in their respective creative production. Considering the challenges posed by the current global crises, such as the pandemics, economic inflation, the rise of anti-blackness, and continued threats to democracy, we must be even more diligent in celebrating and protecting these ties that bind us. This exhibition is presented by Millennium Arts Salon (MAS), in coordination with International Arts and Artists at Hillyer in Washington DC.

Featured Artists:

  1. Michael Booker
  2. Lisa Brown
  3. Olivia Bruce
  4. Elana Casey
  5. Mahari Chabwera
  6. Wesley Clark
  7. Bria Edwards
  8. Aliana Grace
  9. Charles Jean-Pierre
  10. Paula Mans
  11. Austin Miles
  12. Liz Miller
  13. Chelsea Odufu
  14. Bria Sterling
  15. Sydney Vernon
What, to the American Slave, is your Fourth of July?, Imar Lyman, 2022, print 24/100

Zero Dollar Bill: The Prints of Imar Lyman
Imar Lyman [Hutchins] is an artist known primarily for his mastery of collage. This solo exhibition, Zero Dollar Bill, is the first time Imar’s prolific printmaking practice has been exhibited independently from his other works.

Imar is an autodidact artist based in Washington, DC. He works primarily in collage, mixed-media and printmaking. Imar’s portraits combine vintage black magazines, hate mail, and other historical documents as well as found objects, tissue paper, and new materials. He imagines that people themselves are collages—amalgams of countless disparate fragments and inputs. He “remixes” his subjects in new and often Afro-futuristic ways, but always drawing from, or challenging, a historical notion.

In acknowledgment of the impact on Washington’s cultural landscape that MAS has had for over twenty years, Imar has created a special limited-edition serigraph print entitled Zero Dollar Bill, which is the centerpiece of this eponymous exhibition. The project invites a critique of the commodification and materialism of the so-called “art world” and an interrogation of our conceptions of value, currency, and money itself.

The Ties That Bind and Zero Dollar Bill: The Prints of Imar Lyman are presented by Millennium Arts Salon (MAS) in collaboration with International Arts & Artists at Hillyer.

About Millennium Art Salon
MAS focuses on building institutional relationships in community, having collaborated over many years with such institutions as the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, DC Arts Center, International Arts and Artists and Hillyer Art Space, The Driskell Center at the University of Maryland College Park, the Center for the Study of Modern Art, George Mason University, Brady Gallery at George Washington University, Pyramid Atlantic Printmaking Workshop, Kenkeliba Gallery and the Dwyer Cultural Center (both in NY), Black Artists of DC (BADC), the Kreeger Museum of Washington, Busboys and Poets, and Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. Most recently, our partnerships have added Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art Gallery, The Post-Classical Ensemble, Mosaic Theater, The Creatives Coalition, and Washington Musica Viva.

International Arts and Artists at Hillyer
Founded in 2006, IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is the Washington-area initiative of International Arts & Artists. Through its innovative and often provocative exhibitions and public programs, IA&A at Hillyer champions local and international artists at all stages of their careers.

IA&A at Hillyer collaborates with artists, cultural organizations, and embassies to develop and host creative, thought-provoking programs that push our understanding and reflect the uniqueness of DC as an international capital. Whether you live in Washington or are visiting, IA&A at Hillyer invites you to encounter contemporary art from the US and around the world in a welcoming, intimate gallery setting.


  • Tuesday-Friday: 12pm – 6pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct, NW.