Biography and CV

Michael has extensive experience working with communities on public and community art projects.  With public mural commissions across the country, Michael emphatically calls the Tampa Area home. He has taught a wide range of arts courses, including very unique community arts courses, as a member of the arts faculty at the University of South Florida and the University of Montana. While in Tampa he also Co-founded and ran a non-profit organization for 6 years called Community Stepping Stones, whose mission is concerned with the quality of life in neighborhoods.

Michael was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the University of South Florida.  He has exhibited his work in such places as The Tampa Museum of Art, The Gulf Coast Museum of Art, The Matthews Gallery in Tampa, Piazza Signorelli in Cortona, Italy and the Missoula Art Museum in Missoula, MT.  He has numerous public art commissions, including a Mural for Boston’s Metropolitan District Commission. He is a 2008 Ucross Foundation resident fellow and his paintings are exhibited nationally.  Michael taught art at the University of Montana from 2008-2010, and the University of South Florida from 2002-2008.  After leading the completion of the First annual BIG DRAW Ruskin Mural “Head Heart and Hand”, Michael felt a very strong connection to Ruskin.  Since returning from the University of Montana, he has decided to call Ruskin home.  He is currently very active in the Tampa Bay Arts Community, coordinating a new artist studio space in the Thriftway Plaza 613 US Hwy 41 N Ruskin, and directing a brand new Community Arts program allowing artists to collaborate with and engage the South Shore community to work together toward a larger goal while creating high quality public art.

Michael’s work continues to help communities use art to commemorate their place, deter graffiti, drastically lower high school drop out rates and empower people to find their voice.

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