Master of Science in Art Education, Artist/Teacher • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Fine Arts • State University of New York at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

Selected Press

“Tolan alters her prints by hand to parody the effects of over and underexposure, … looking closely we see the interiors of several “leaves” have been sleekly excised leaving a white ghost.” Elizabeth Michelman, Artscope, January 2017

“Tolan goes beyond the frame.  Hilary Tolan paints over and elaborates on shadows in her landscape photographs in “Shadowland” at Kingston Gallery. Tending to the shadows, she loads them with unknown meaning. They seep and crawl. Dark surprises lurk.”  Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe 2015

“Nature can influence our lives, instill memories in our minds and fill us with feelings of want and nostalgia. When we pair these powers of nature with those of humanity, the product is both haunting and delicate. Boston area artist Hilary Tolan has made it her mission to expose this relationship for all that it’s worth.”  Artscope online, Lacey Daley, February 2012

“Waxing philosophical with wax coated flora”, Suzannah Weiss, The Brown Daily Herald, November 2009

Critics Picks, Hilary Tolan: Remainder,  Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, May 2008

Spotlight review, Hilary Tolan: Beloved, Shawn Hill, Art New England August/September 2006

“Anyone who’s had their heart broken knows what it feels like to cling to something you’re not even sure was real in the first place.  Hilary Tolan’s witty and disarming exhibition at the Kingston Gallery plops viewers right into that realm of bloated sentiment and desperate preservation…”  Cate McQuaid,  Boston Globe,  March 2006

“A galaxy far, far away”, Greg Cook,  Boston Phoenix,  March 2006

“Fresh air, the great outdoors, this is reality, right?  Not in Hilary Tolan: Beloved…”  Randi Hopkins,  Boston Phoenix,  March 2006

“Home is Where the Art is”  Installation art, D’lynne Plummer,  Art New England,  April/May 2006


Member of the Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA   April 2002 – present

Artist Resident at the Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia, 2008

Artist Resident at Brydcliff Colony, Woodstock, NY  2002 & 2005

Art Acquisitions Committee Member for Artcetera Annual AIDS Benefit auction, 2004 & 2008

Boston Art Dealers Association Gallery Talk,  “Waxy Build Up”, panel discussion, Kingston Gallery, 2003

Artists’  Talk, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 2003

  • About

    Hilary Tolan is a Boston area artist. She was born in Port Jefferson, New York. She completed her Master’s in Art Education in the Artist/Teacher program at Massachusetts College of Art in 2002 and she received her BFA from Purchase College, New York in 1994. Tolan’s work has been reviewed by the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, and Art New England. She has been a resident at the Brydcliff Artist colony at the Woodstock Guild in New York and was an artist in residence at the Hambidge Center, GA in 2008. Hilary creates her work using a range of materials including drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation. She has gallery affiliations with the Kingston Gallery in Boston and DRIVE-BY/bk projects gallery in Watertown.