"Pillars of Dust" One-Person Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that my one-person exhibition of large scale paintings and works on paper titled "Pillars of Dust" will open September 28th at the Heuser Art Center Gallery of Bradley University, Peoria, IL and run through November 6th.  A planned showing of the documentary film titled "Work At Hand Michael K. Paxton" will also be screened. Shown is a studio snapshot of one of the works to be on included in the exhibition.

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Artist Interview Published In Voyage Chicago

As part of their Thought-Provokers Series Voyage Chicago has just published an artist interview with me that featured images of my most recent work plus this photo taken by Jeanne Nemcek of me standing in front of my latest large-scale painting in progress.

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Drawings in Line Work 8

Along with the tribute to my work as a Figure Drawing Instructor in Line Work 8.5, I was also included with a couple of drawings in the main issue of Line Work 8. Shown here is one of them of my late Mother Pauline.

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Line Work 8.5 and Dedication

I was both very surprised and humbled by the staff of the recently released Line Work 8 Box when I found a dedication in the form of a separate publication, Line Work 8.5. Here featured not only a very thoughtful tribute page to me a an instructor, but also my work on the front and back covers, a few of my drawings inside and most importantly the work from my Figure Drawing II class from which this whole issue sprang. What an honor to have know and worked with these young artist.

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Work At Hand Website and Trailer Now Out

The website and trailer for the full broadcast length documentary film "Work At Hand Michael K. Paxton" in now online. The website was developed by Jeanne Nemcek and Christina Timmins and features not only the trailer for the film, but bios of the filmmakers Director Peter Hartel and Editor Libi Hake, along with production and post production stills and a contact page for comments and inquires.

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The Art of The Eye Exhibition

I am pleased to be included in the group exhibition The Art of The Eye that opens March 31st at the new Kenosha Creative Space, WI. I will be showing one of my newest works on paper that is based on a slide section of the effects of Black Lung on coal miners from my native West Virginia. Shown Round Drawing, 2018, 26" x 20", graphite,watercolor, acrylic and flashe on paper. Judged and Curated by Diane Levesque and Kristen Bartel, I also send a big thank you to David Jones and Marilyn Propp. 

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2017 ILLO Award

I am pleased and honored to have been awarded with the ILLO 2017 Faculty Member of the Year, by the Design Department, Illustration, Columbia College, Chicago. Pictured here is my wonderful Figure Drawing II students surrounding me holding the award. This award really belongs to all of them.

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Faculty Works Exhibition

I am pleased to be in included in the Faculty Works exhibition that opens August 22, 2017 at the Hokin Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. Featuring work completed in 2016 I will have on view Cobbtown 72 in. x108 in., chalk, charcoal, gesso on prepared raw canvas.

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Locus at Mason-Scharfenstiein Museum of Art

I am pleased to be included in the group exhibition Locus that will be on view at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art of Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. Curator of the exhibition is John Lee Matney of Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA. I will have a selection of my ink on drafting film drawings shown and the dates for the exhibition are May10-June 25, with an opening of June 10th slated. 

Obsession, Improvisation, Collaboration

I am pleased to be included in the group exhibition "Obsession, Improvisation, Collaboration" that will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery of Governors State University, Curator Jeff Stevenson, Director.

Video Produced by Linda Matney Gallery

Here is a video made by Lee Matney, Director of Linda Matney Gallery, about both the opening of my one-person exhibition of ink on drafting film drawings titled "Unleashing Instinct" and my Guest Artist talk at the Art and Art History Department of Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. 

Feature in the The Virginia Gazette

Here is a feature about the Linda Matney Gallery and my one-person exhibition of ink on drafting film drawings titled "Unleashing Instinct" published in The Virginia Gazette by Heather Bridges. Pictured below is one of the works in the exhibition Piney Drawing #2. 

Guest Artist Lecture

I am very pleased to have been asked to give a Guest Artist Lecture to the Fine Art and Art History Department of Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia on November 11, 2016. The talk titled "Unleashing Instinct" is also the title of my one-person exhibition of drawings that opens the next day at Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia.