Raw Reckoning Opens June 7

June 7th will be the opening of my one-person exhibition Raw Reckoning presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA). This exhibition will feature my most recent 96” x72” large-scale paintings, 72” x 50” charcoal on paper drawings, sketchbooks and an extensive catalog produced by the museum. Organized and developed by Adrienne Kochman, Curator and Olivia Rozdolsky, Assistant Curator the exhibition will run until August 4, 2019.

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Artist Talk and Film Screening

April 25, 2019 I will be featured by the Peninsula Fine Art Center in Newport News, Virginia in an After Dark Film and Artist Talk from 6:30-8:30. The documentary film Work at Hand will be screened as part of this event. This was organized by Lee Matney of the Linda Matney Gallery and Diana Blanchard, Curator of the Art Center.

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March 29, 2019 Raleigh Studios, Hollywood CA

I am excited to announce our next screening of Work At Hand will be at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Join us at The Chaplin Theater in Raleigh Studios, Friday, March 29, 2019, 7-9 pm, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 7 pm, screening from 7:30-8:30 followed by a Q&A with Michael K. Paxton and Peter Hartel. Admission will be $10 will all proceeds to benefit Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Semester in LA Student Scholarships. Free street parking is available with additional parking in the studio garage for $10.

Visiting Artist and Film Screening

I had the pleasure to be a Visiting Artist for the day with both a screening of "Work at Hand” and also meeting with the painting students at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Monday February 25, 2019. A big Thanks to Robert Drea for setting this all up for me.

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"Raw Reckoning" Exhibition Announced

I am pleased to announce that my one-person exhibition of recent large-scale paintings and works on paper titled “Raw Reckoning” will be presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL from June 7th through August 4th, 2019. Thanks to Adrienne Kochman, PhD, Curator of the UIMA for her wonderful support of my work and Olivia Rozodolsky, who will design the extensive catalog. This will be a major museum size exhibition and I am both honored and humbled.

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Columbia College Chicago Screening November 30th

There will be a free screening of the documentary film "Work At Hand" Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Columbia College Chicago Film Row Theater, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor.

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Chicago Premiere of "Work at Hand" at Chicago Filmmakers

The Chicago premiere of the documentary film "Work At Hand" will be presented by Chicago Filmmakers in two free screenings on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at 5720 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL. Both screenings are free and open to the public.

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Pillars of Dust Reviewed

Paul Krainak, artist, educator and writer wrote a thoughtful review of “Pillars of Dust” for his Inland Art column in the October 2018 issue of the Community Word published in Peoria, IL.

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Pillars of Dust Opens at Heuser Art Center

The one-person exhibition “Pillars of Dust” opened September 28th at the Heuser Art Center of Bradley University, peoria, IL. These large-scale paintings and works on paper will be on display until November 6, 2018.

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Pillars of Dust Links

“Pillars of Dust” a one-person exhibition of large-scale paintings and works on paper will be presented at the Heuser Art Center Gallery of Bradley University, Peoria, IL. The show opens September 28, 2018 and runs through November 6, 2018. The documentary film “Work at Hand” will be screened before the opening and Michael will also meet with graduate painting students during the day. Partially Funded by both the Illinois Arts Council and a Part-time Faculty Development Grant form Columbia College. Here are a couple of links to both Bradley University Art Department and Galleries websites. https://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/art/news/story.dot?id=37a76887-d484-4487-b91e-f732d15201d0

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http://art.bradley.edu/bug/2018/09/pillars-of-dust-michael-k-paxton/



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Work at Hand Film to be Screened

I am happy to announce that there will be a showing of the documentary film "Work At Hand" Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A discussion of the film with the filmmakers and artist will follow the screening.

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"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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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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