At the age of 8, Mike was taking photos with an old camera. His photos of bicycle wheels, sewage pumps and other inane objects vexed his parents (film & developing was expensive), but predicted some of the art he now produces. His epiphany came in High School Art class: Creating art was what he was meant to do.
Mike graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Fine Art, and supplemented this education with classes and workshops from local and national artists.
Mike’s work has been shown in regional and national shows, a handful of solo shows and has won several awards. Recently he had a one person show at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014 he had an exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. Later that year he constructed the piece “Possessions”, for the Westmoreland Museum’s “Peddling Personalities” exhibit curated by Joan McGarry. This past spring he was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was selected to participate in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newspaper sponsored show, pairing poetry with visual art, curated by Rachel Klipa. His piece “In the Kitchen” was constructed for that show. Scheduled in February, 2016 is a 2 person show at West Liberty University in Wheeling, WV.
Mike moved this fall to Washington, D.C.