Born and based in Baltimore, R.L. Tillman is an artist, teacher, and curator. 

In his creative work, he twists and tweaks the visual culture of our time to explore issues in society, politics, and art. Often working in unusual venues, he uses many means: graphic media, installation, performance, publication, writing and more. R.L. has exhibited his art throughout the U.S. at sites including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the St. Louis Center of Contemporary Art, and the Kansas City Art Institute. He has also shown his work internationally, including as an invited participant at the 12th Print Triennial in Tallinn, Estonia and the 3rd IMPACT Print Conference in Capetown, South Africa. Tillman frequently displays his work in his hometown of Baltimore, and he is committed to the notion that engaging art can also be regionally relevant and accessible. 

Tillman recently joined the full-time faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art, where he teaches in the printmaking department. He has taught at several other institutions and has been a visiting artist at Kent State University, American University, St. Cloud State University, Bucknell University, and The Chautauqua Institution School of Art. His writing about print media has been published in the Journal of the California Society of Printmakers, Graphic Impressions, the Journal of the Mid America Print Council, and CHOP: the Journal of the Malaspina Printmakers Society. He has curated or co-curated exhibitions at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Muhlenberg College, East Carolina University, and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City.

As an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa, R.L. received an MFA in Printmaking in 2002, and an MA from the same institution in 2001. He graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a BA in art and political science, and has studied politics at Oxford University. 

R.L. is also a co-founder of PRINTERESTING.ORG, “the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking miscellany.” 

To contact the artist: RL(at)PRINTERESTING.ORG