Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Presents Chadwick Tolley I Hope Your Find What You are Looking For

By Editorial Team on September 28, 2017

Fri, 29 September 2017 - Fri, 27 October 2017

Chadwick Tolley, They Might Be Watching, Lithograph Relief. Courtesy of PAAC.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 29 from 6pm to 8pm

Georgia-based Printmaker Chadwick Tolley exhibits a series of embellished prints that employ appropriated cultural symbols to construct new, unfiltered political narratives in striking visual collage.

​​Tolley’s work is filled with visual metaphors that purposely leave room for viewer interpretation. His process begins with collecting images, textures, magazine clippings, and notes of personal observations. He does not over-plan the work, leaving room to respond to each step of the printmaking process. The end result includes evidence on the work of deletions, corrections, and marks. Each piece, therefore, documents its own process.

“I have always identified with artists that play the role of the trickster,” remarks Tolley. “one who disobeys and disrupts conventional rules and behavior to create art that is raw, unfiltered and subversive. In this exhibit, my aim is to create this type of work by appropriating cultural symbols and rearranging them to construct new narratives. As I resolve images, personal and universal themes will often emerge but with enough ambiguity to allow for personal interpretation.”

Tolley teaches Printmaking and Drawing at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. He exhibits widely across the United States and has won various awards for his work including a Purchase Award in the Atlanta Print Biennial, a Purchase Prize in the “Ink and Clay” exhibit in Pomona, CA, the C.G. Metals Purchase Prize from the Boston Print Biennial and a Best in Show award from the Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition. His work is also included in several public collections in the United States, the Guandong Museum of Art in China and the Jordanian National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan.

Play By The Rules
October 28 & 29, 10am-3pm | $250

Printmaker Chadwick Tolley will help students develop successful color and image strategies that will allow the artist to “play” and respond intuitively to materials and process. Demonstrations will include mixing traditional collage as well as monotype and monoprint techniques with screenprinting. Registration at

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD. For more information, visit or 301-608-9101.