Digital Art/Mixed Media/
Leo Hylan is a Multimedia Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Video Artist (Installation and VJ), and Electronic Musician from the Baltimore / Washington area. He received his B.F.A. in New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master’s in Art Education and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Arts from Goucher College.
As a native of the state of Maryland and the Baltimore Area, the theme of his work often includes the state’s topography and history. He is an Award Winning Artist who has had featured gallery exhibitions for his Two-Dimensional Multimedia, Photographic, and Video Installation work in several prestigious Baltimore / Washington Area galleries, which include the Chesapeake Arts Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, BWI Airport Gallery, The Hamilton Arts Collective, Metropolitan (solo exhibition and permanent video installation), and the Studio of the Arts. He continues to provide Multimedia Performances (Electronic Music, Sound, Live Video) at various locations throughout the Baltimore/Washington, Asheville, Philadelphia, and New York areas. This includes live video performances for nationally acclaimed musicians such as Telesma, Alto Verde (Andy Bopp), and others at major venues such as Rams Head Live- Baltimore.
As a filmmaker he has produced three short films that combine 16mm, 8mm, and Video, all of which have been selected to be shown at premier cinemas including the Gene Siskel Film Center in downtown Chicago. Leo Hylan is a Founder and and Instructor of Film, Video, Artistic Development, 21st Century Design, and Digital Media at the first Arts Magnet Program in his now hometown of Annapolis, MD. He has also been published in several Art Education Curricula and Journals, selected to speak at the National Art Education Conference in Seattle, WA, featured in numerous articles a including the City Paper, What’s Up Annapolis, and a profile in the Capital Gazette.
Leo Hylan considers himself a Multimedia Artist who creates using a variety of media that include Digital Art, Mixed Media, Film, Video, Photography, Installation, and Performance. His work seems to divide into two distinct directions. Both are a way in which he deals with the profound tragedies that have shaped his life. Before the age of thirty Leo lost his only sister from epilepsy at eighteen and his mother from a brain tumor. He and his wife continue to live with Chronic Pain conditions and both had major back surgeries in their twenties.
The first of these two distinct directions is confrontation. Leo engages with brutal honesty when confronting issues of the self; as well as, the society at around him. This honesty provides the work he creates with a unique narrative. Furthermore, by recognizing an objective truth within larger geo-political narratives, Hylan creates with daily, recognizable elements; and unprecedented situations in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of the viewers perception, which forces them to reconsider their biased position.
The second distinct direction and approach of his work is much more abstract. These artworks do not reference recognizable form and therefore become an experimentation in escape. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, he tries to approach a variety of subjects in a multi-layered way in order to spark an involvement with the viewer.
His work urges us to renegotiate media art as being part of a reactive comment on oppressing themes in our contemporary society; as well as, the issues of oppression within ourselves. Using a conceptual approach, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, that lure the viewer round and round in circles. His work directly responds to the surrounding environment and focuses on the the beauty that is hidden from our everyday experiences. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Leo creates so that he can make a connection, because it is through this connection that he can overcome suffering and enlightenment can be attained.
2013 - 2014
The Digital Palette, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
Leo Hylan: A “Retrospectacle,” Metropolitan, Annapolis, MD
Featured Artist, Aloft, Baltimore, MD
A Look Through the Modern Lens, Chesapeake Arts Center, Baltimore, MD
Mastering the Machina, Silber Gallery, Baltimore, MD (Also Curated)
Annapolis Film Festival, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
Passing the Torch, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
A4: Affordable Art from Annapolis Artists, Metropolitan, Annapolis ,MD
Videopolis, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2011 - present
BWI Airport Gallery, Baltimore, MD
MAEA Exhibition, Washington, DC
SAIC Thesis Exhibition, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Sight of Sound, The Asheville Experimental Music Festival, Asheville, NC
Sight of Sound, Share NYC, The Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY
Time Travelers Never Die, The Whole Gallery, The Hexagon, Lo-Fi Social Club, The Metro Gallery, and Joe Squared, Baltimore, MD
2008 - present
Hylantown, The Electro Music Festival, Hugenot, NY
“Northeast Vs. Soutwest,” Artist Portfolio Magazine
Winslow, Theresa, “A Complex Picture,” The Capital Gazette, January 5, 2014
Gillespie, Paul W., “Unique Annapolis Exhibit Links Artists and Students,” The Capital Gazette, January 17, 2014
“Abstract Art,” Artist Portfolio Magazine
“Working on Leo's Capstone,” Goucher Digital Arts Blog
“Chesapeake Arts, Aloft BWI Co-Host New Local Artist Series,” Maryland Gazette
McKerrow, Joshua, “The Artery: New Artist Group Taps Youthful Vein of Talent,” The Capital Gazette, July 14, 2013
Gaspers, Karen, “Chesapeake Art Center Open New Photographic Exhibit in June,” Chesapeake Inspired, May 22, 2012
“A Look Through the Modern Lens,” Maryland Gazette
“Inspiring Creativity,” What's Up Annapolis, September, 2010
2013 – present
Visual Coordinator for the Telesma Concert Experience, Rams Head Live, Baltimore MD; The Pex Festival, Philadelphia, PA
2012 – present
Founder, and Instructor of Visual Arts, Film, New Media, and 21st Century Design, Annapolis High School Magnet Program for Performing and Visual Arts, Annapolis, MD
2009 - 2012
Founder, and Instructor of New Media, Anne Arundel County Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program, Bates Middle School and Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD
Awards and Honors
Awarded The Back Cover (2nd Place) in The Cover and Content Competition, Art and Beyond: Special Digital Art and Photography 2014 Issue
Awarded Honorable Mention, “Landscapes,” Artist Portfolio Magazine
Awarded Honorable Mention, “Coloring Outside of the Lines,” Art Scene Today
Awarded Best Art Teacher, Maryland Art Educator Association
Merit Scholarship, The Corcoran College of Art and Design
Permanent Video Installation, Metropolitan, Annapolis, MD
2012 - 2015
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
MFA (candidate), Digital Arts
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
MAT, Art Education, with Honors
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BFA Studio with Distinction in New Media
The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC