Gilman Downtown: Karl Connolly

Great restaurants, easy transportation, and city pride — just a few of the many reasons several Gilman faculty members call downtown Baltimore their home. Here’s a chance to meet a few of them. First up, chair of Gilman’s visual art department Karl Connolly.

Karl Connolly

As Chair of Gilman’s Upper School Visual Art program, Karl Connolly manages a team of dedicated arts and education professionals in providing our students with a broad array of arts offerings in both studio disciplines and art history. Mr. Connolly teaches our Painting and Drawing courses. He also runs our intramural mountain biking program.

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Trained as a painter Mr. Connolly still maintains an active studio practice. His work has been shown regionally and nationally and has been written about and shown in many publications including Art News, Art in America, New American Painters, Style Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and others. In 2002 he was the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Award for Visual Art. He taught in the undergraduate program at MICA for 16 years and at numerous other area universities since graduating from the Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA where he studied under Grace Hartigan.

When not at Gilman Mr. Connolly is generally working in his studio or spending quality time with his wife and son. He is an avid cyclist with over 20 years of competition in road, time trail, mountain and cyclocross under his belt.

Having lived in Federal Hill for over twenty years, Mr Connolly loves city living. Federal Hill is a family friendly neighborhood blessed with great local shops and restaurants, wonderful parks, and easy access to other city neighborhoods to the north, and wonderful state parks for hiking and biking and rowing to the south.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Most of it really. There’s a certain privilege in working with these remarkable young creative people but there’s also something wonderful about working with a rich array of colleagues so dedicated to doing good work.

Why did you become a teacher?

It really wasn’t the life plan. I began teaching to supplement income from studio practice but soon found I loved the conversation and I’ve been doing it ever since.

A meaningful quote

“Art is nature expressed through a temperament.” — Emila Zola.

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