Otis Street Arts Project | Roy Utley Live! From the Chair

By East City Art Editorial Team on October 23, 2023

Sat, October 28 2023 — Sat, December 2 2023

Peace Fist Matrix courtesy of the artist
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 28 from 3-6pm

“Live From The Chair” is an exhibition featuring the work of Roy Utley. The exhibition draws its name from a collection of poems he wrote while receiving chemotherapy, which were inspired by his personal journey through life and illness. These works reflect his never-ending resolve to learn to live in peace, hoping he can help others to do the same.

The “Live From The Chair” anthology that serves as the exhibition’s inspiration is the heart of the exhibit. It is a wall that amplifies voices from around the world, sharing stories of those who’ve been “in the chair,” to remind everyone that illness doesn’t define them and that they’re not alone in this experience. Additionally, Roy’s seminal work, “The Art of Peace,” is a map in the form of a digital logic circuit diagram. It illustrates a mechanism of self-awareness and sentience, developed to help people on their own path to live in harmony and peace. Roy will also be honoring individuals who had a profound effect on and inspired him by being able to truly live in peace with a dedicated wall.

About the Artist:
Roy Utley is a father, artist, veteran, poet and stage 4 cancer survivor who has always been inspired to be a warrior for peace. A lifelong journey that started in his youth, Roy grew up in Kentucky and Ohio during the tumultuous 60s, of which includes the volatile social and political unrest during the Vietnam war and following the Kent State shootings, which helped fuel his passion and advocacy for peace. He has made art across a variety of mediums to convey his messages of peace, including poetry, paintings, and visual media, and has been in film festivals and over 100 art shows, even curating his own show in 2013, “The Art of Political Change” at MOCA in Georgetown. He hopes that his work will be able to inspire others to find peace in their own lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2016, he has made it his life’s goal to live in peace, so that he may die in peace.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays 12-4
  • Monday-Friday by appointment

Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD.