Chad Riley (born June 10, 1976, Windsor, ON Canada) is contemporary photographer and mixed media artist, best known for his large-scale abstracts on paper. His work deals primarily with the human body and artificial design. His technique is distinguished by the bold mark-making, lines, textures and washes by which the acrylic and charcoal are applied.
Riley holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI USA with a specialization in Photography. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with Honours distinction and a minor in Art History from the University of Windsor, School of Visual Arts in Windsor, ON Canada. He is a qualified appraiser having completed studies in appraisal practices with the International Society of Appraises (ISA) and is Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant, the congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation.
Riley has exhibited nationally and internationally nearly 100 exhibitions. He is the Director of the Leamington Arts Centre, a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility offering gallery exhibition spaces, gift shop, studio and workshop spaces. He has served as instructor for ElderCollege and has lectured and performed as juror for many arts institutions. He is noted for his previous experience as adjunct professor of digital photography at the Art Institute of Michigan – Troy. Riley is recognized for his achievements as an arts leader in the region by numerous awards, nominations and academic scholarships.
His work is on permanent display and in collections in a variety of institutions and public spaces in Canada and in the United States, including the Windsor Regional Metropolitan Hospital, Leamington District Memorial Hospital and the Henry Ford Hospital Innovation Institute in Detroit, MI.