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Michael Kessler

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Kessler was born in 1954 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He received a B.F.A. degree from Kutztown University. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 
AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS

1992
Pollock/Krasner Award, Painting, NYC

1990
Rome Prize, Painting, American Academy in Rome , NYC-Rome, Italy

1985
Awards in the Visual Arts-Five, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art


1977
Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC


1983
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Grant in Painting


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA
Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Russell Collection, Austin, Texas
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah 

2012
Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
Russell Collection, Austin, Texas
Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Dean Day Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Artamo, Santa Barbara, California
2011
Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Louisiana
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, California
Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Argazzi Art, Lakeville, Connecticut
Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, Colorado
Russell Collection, Austin, Texas
2010
Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii
Mark Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
2009
Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Louisiana
Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, California
2008
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Louisiana
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Renee George Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2007
Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, Maine
Sense Gallery, Menlo Park, California
Dean Day Gallery, Houston, Texas
Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
2006
Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Louisiana
CraIghead Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, Florida
Reed Savage Gallery, Miami, Florida
Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, Tennessee
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
F8 Fine Art, Austin, Texas

Sense Gallery, Menlo Park, California
Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2004
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Magidson Fine Art, Aspen, Colorado
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, Florida

Art Resources Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
F8 Fine Art, Austin, Texas
2003
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, New York
Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Sense Gallery, Menlo Park, California
2002
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Jackson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California
2001
Bonfoey, Cleveland, Ohio
EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2000
Klein Artworks; Chicago, Illinois
1999
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, New York
Klein Art Works, Chicago, Illinois
Mira Mar Gallery; Sarasota, Florida
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Phila, Pennsylvania
1998
Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, New York

Klein Art Works, Chicago, Illinois

Cline LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1996
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, New York
Schmidt / Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa
1995
Galleri Flesser, Helsingborg, Sweden

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska
Art Now Gallery, Gothenberg, Sweden

Klein Artworks, Chicago, Illinois
1994
Klein Artworks; Chicago, Illinois

Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Philadelphia, Pa.
Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York
Concept Art Gallery; Pittsburgh, Pa.
1993
Art Now Gallery; Goteborg, Sweden
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Phila., Pennsylvania
1992
Klein Artworks; Chicago, Illinois

Allentown Art Museum; Allentown, Pennsylvania
Castellani Art Museum; Niagara Falls, New York
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Phila, Pennsylvania

Mira Mar Gallery; Sarasota, Florida
1991
Art Now Gallery; Goteborg, Sweden
1990

Nina Freudenheim Gallery; Buffalo, New York
Klein Artworks; Chicago, Illinois
Schmidt/Dean Gallery; Phila., Pennsylvania
Jack Tilton Gallery; New York, New York
1989
Art Now Gallery; Goteborg, Sweden
1988
Jack Tilton Gallery; New York, New York
1987
Barbara Krakow Gallery; Boston, Massachusetts
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
1986
Art Now Gallery; Goteborg, Sweden
Fabian Carlsson Gallery; London, England
Wolff Gallery, New York, New York
1984
Jack Tilton Gallery; New York, New York
1983
Castellani Art Gallery; Niagara Falls, New York

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006
The Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, New York
2005
The History of the Gallery, Kustera Tilton Gallery, NYC.
The Plane Truth, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Butters Brand, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon


2004
The Non-Objective Object, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Summer Group, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon

November in Sun Valley, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID.
Gallery Artists, Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2002
Nature Reined, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2001
Introductions, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2000
Pink and Red, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadephia, PA
Gallery Artists, Art Now Gallery, Gothenborg, Sweden
1999
After Nature II, Trevor Richardson, Herter Art Gallery, University of Works on Paper, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Phila, Pa.

Gallery Artists, Klein Art Works, Chicago. IL.
1998
Michael Kessler and Stephanie Weber, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska
Contemporary Abstraction, Klein Art Works, Chicago
 Gallery Artists, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelhpia, PA

A Few Great, Big Pictures, Mira Mar Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1997
Gallery Artists, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Exquisite Surfaces, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Gallery Artists, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

1996
Cuenca Bienal , Quito and Guayaqiul, Equador /Phoenix Art
David Rubin, Curator of Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1995
Directors Choice, Horwitch/Lewallen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Museum,
Gallery Artists, Klein Artworks, Chicago Illinois.
Michael Kessler/James Bruss, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska

1993
About Nature, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio curated by David Rubin, Curator of Contemporary Art, and C.C.C.A.
1991
Vital Forces, The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

Romantic Abstraction, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Annual Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Italy

Drawings and Poems: Michael Kessler and John Yau; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

1990
Five American Artists; Galerie D'Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Inner Natures: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1989
Four Painters, Flint Institute of Arts; Flint, Michigan
1988
Pennsylvania Perspectives; Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Recent Acquisitions; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1987
Realism and Abstraction; The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
1986
Recent Acquisition; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo More Than Meets the Eye; Galleria Carini, Florence, Italy
1985
More Than Meets the Eye; Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London, England

Awards in the Visual Arts-Five; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

1984
New York-Outside New York; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
Museum of Art Association, Monterey, California; Sunrise Museums, Charleston, WV
1983
Five Contemporary Artists; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania Selections 22; The Drawing Center, New York, New York
1980
In and Out of New York; White Columns, New York, New York

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2009
D. Eric Bookhardt, Michael Kessler at Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Gambit, September
2008
Richard Speer, Michael Kessler at Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Art Ltd. July
Kevin Costello, Finding Solace in Abstracts, Sarasota Herald Tribune, August
Erin J. Smith, Michael Kessler : Graftings, CASA Magazine, November 
Colin Marshall, Michael Kessler's Graftings, Santa Barbara Independent, November
2006
D. Eric Bookhardt, Scratching the Surface, Michael Kessler at Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Gambit, January
2005
Richard Speer, Michael Kessler at Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. ARTnews, November, 
2004
Kevin Costello, Kessler Landscapes Energetci, Enigmatic, The Sarasota Harold Tribune Roberta Fallon, Michael Kessler's New Paintings...,Philadelphia Weekly
2003
Richard Speer, Kessler at Butters Gallery, Willamette Week, Portland, Or.
2002
Robert Nott, Surface Matters, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican
Edward J. Sozanski, Features Weekend, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kurt Shaw, Southwest Influences Pa. Native’s Paintings, The Pittsburgh Tribune
2001
Douglas Max Utter, Mind Over Matter, The Cleveland Free Times
1999
Trevor Richardson, After Nature II, Herter Art Gallery, and University of Massachusetts Amherst
an Exhibition of Paintings by: Gregory Amenoff, Bill Jensen, Michael Kessler, Rebecca Perdum, and Katherine Porter
1997
Seidel, Miriam, “Michael Kessler at Schmidt/Dean and Littlejohn Contemporary”, Art in America, July 
Ebony, David, “Michael Kessler at Littlejohn Contemporary, New York City”, Art Net Magazine, April 
McCloud, Kathleen, “A Capricious Artistic Journey Beginning With Paint”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican
Victor M. Cassidy, Artnet Magazine, http://www.artnet.com/home.html ,Forty to Fifty Layers
David Ebony, ArtNet Magazine, http://www.artnet.com/magazine/reviews/ebony/kessler.html .....David Ebony's New York Top Ten , Michael Kessler at Littlejohn Contemporary , NY
1996
Altabe, Joan “Kessler’s Subtle Paintings Reveal Depth”, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 11
Yellin Outwater,Myra, “Move to Santa Fe Colors Michael Kessler’s Paintings “, The Morning Call, Alentown,
Aguilar, Robert, “A Mystical Version of the Ecology”, El Comercio, Cuenca, Ecuador
Rubin, David, “Elusive Nature”, 1996 Cuenca Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador
1995
Melrod, George, "Openings", Art and Antiques, November 1995, page 40
1994
Holg, Garrett. "Kessler at Klein-Chicago", Artnews, April, 1994, page 177.
Kohen, Helen. "Michael Kessler's Roman Geometry", Miami Herald, April 6, 1994. page 14
G Wiens, Ann, "Kessler at Klein-Chicago", New Art Examiner, May 1994, page 44
1992
McCracken, David. 11 Year in Italy Catapults Kessler's Work", Chicago Tribune, (October 30)
McNear, Sarah, "Transcendental Spaces"; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

1991
Noll,Anna ,“Vital Forces: Nature in Contemporary Abstraction”, Heckscher Museum, Huntington,NY
Sozanski, Edward. "On Galleries", The Philadelphia Inquirer, (April 16)
1990
Doll, Nancy “Inner Natures” Four Contemporary Artists; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
Carter, Holland. "Michael Kessler," Art News 89 (December), no.10, 165

King, Elaine A. Nature in the Age of Masscult. Jack Tilton Gallery; New York, New York
Rubin, David S. The Paintings of Michael Kessler: Preserving Nature's Umbilical Chord; Klein Artworks, Chicago, Illinois
Stein, Judith. Michael Kessler: Paintings Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1989
Yau, John. Four Painters; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan 
Nature in Evolution; The Scandinavian Works; Art Now Gallery, Goteborg, Sweden
Cohen, Ronnie. "Michael Kessler," Art Forum 29 (November), no. 3, 169

Rice, Robin. "Cool Slate and Weathered Wood," Philadelphia City Paper (March 16) Sozanski, Edward. "On Galleries," The Philadelphia Inquirer (March 4)

Wooster, Ann Sargent. "Michael Kessler," Arts Magazine 65 (December), no. 4, 82 Cyphers, Peggy. Arts Magazine 65 (January), no. 5, 107

Newhall, Edith. "Galleries," New York Magazine (September), 72
1988
Yau, John. Michael Kessler's View of the World; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
1987
Carrier, David. "Michael Kessler: A Painter of Nature in the Era of Postmodernist Art” Arts Magazine no. 9, 32-33

Narrett, Eugene. "Michael Kessler," New Art Examiner 14 (April), no. 8, 45

Stapen, Nancy. "Michael Kessler," Artforum 25 (April),
Wineberg, Jonathan. "Michael Kessler," Art in America 75 (November), no.11, 180-181 Carrier, David. Michael Kessler; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
1986
Hall, Jacqueline. "Arts Flourish Southside New York," The Columbus Dispatch (September 21)
Zimmer, William. "Winners on Parade at the Neuberger," The New York Times (May 11), 22, Westchester Section

Gambrel, Jamey. Awards in the Visual Arts 5; The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,Winston- Salem, North Carolina

Yau, John. After the Fall; Fabian Carlson Gallery, London, England
1985
Bohn-Duchen, Monica. "Nine Painters from New York," Flash Art (October-November), no. 126, 56
Larson, Kay. "Fresh Faces for Summer," New York Magazine, 54-55

Raynor, Vivian. "Art: New York, an Anthology at the New Museum," The New York Times (June 22),
Schwabsky, Barry. "Exotica: A Different World," Arts Magazine 59 (March), no.7, 120-121
Yau, John. "Michael Kessler," Artforum 23 (February), no.6, 87
"Michael Kessler's Drawings: Gesture as Image," Sulfer 14 (December), 88-93
1984
Rifkin, Ned. New Work: New York/Outside New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Made in Philadelphia 6; Institute of Contemporary Art, Phila., Pennsylvania
Warren, Ron. "Michael Kessler at Jack Tilton Gallery," Arts Magazine 58 (Summer) no. 10, 34-35 61 (May),
1983
Kotik, Charlotta. Landscapes and Imagery: Paintings and Drawings by Michael Kessler; Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York
Glueck, Grace. "Art-One Man's Biennial Assembles 102 Artists," The New York Times (April 15)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1999/2000
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1993/1995
Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1992/1993
Lafayette College; Easton, Pennsylvania

 

SELECT MUSUEM COLLECTIONS
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, Texas

Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, California

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, Michigan

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California


SELECT CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Vitale, Caturano & Company, Ltd., Boston, Ma 
Golden Artist Color, Berlin, New York

Pfizer Inc, New York, New York

PepsiCo, Camden, New Jersey
Price Waterhouse, Washington, D.C.

Boone County National Bank, Columbia, Missouri
Prudential Insurance Co., Newark, New Jersey
Regent Hotel, Hong Kong, China
Exxon, Houston, Texas
Comcast, Philadelphia, PA

Deloitte & Touché , Atlanta, Georgia

Austin Company, Cleveland, Ohio
El Paso Energy, Houston, Texas

Exxon Moble, Houston, Texas

Young Conoway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP Wilmington, DE

Ericsson, Gothengerg, Sweden

American Financial Group, NYC

First Union Bank, Philadelphia, PA
Compaq Computer, Houston, Texas

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania

Bank of Boston, Boston
Bank of Japan, New York

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York

Northwest Airlines, St. Paul, MN
Heller Financial, Chicago, IL

Rubenstein Co. Pittsburgh, PA
Phillips Service, Pittsburgh, PA
Freemarkets, Pittsburgh, PA

The Macy’s Collection, Nevada

Buchanan Ingersoll, Pittsburgh, PA

Gateway Towers, Pittsburgh, PA
Morgan, Lewis, Bockius, Pittsburgh, PA

Tokio Marine Management, NYC

Jacobson/Sylvester, Pittsburgh, PA
Tyson Corner, NYC

Vanguard Group, Valley Forge, PA
Lincoln Financial Group 
Duff & Phelps, Chicago, IL

Penton Media Inc. Cleveland, Ohio

Lincoln Financial Group, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Missouri

Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Scimed Life Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sears Merchandise Group, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

SOHIO, Cleveland, Ohio

Vector Securities, Deerfield, Illinois

The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, Minnesota

Hart Senate Building, Senator Specter's Office, Washington, DC
Voyageur Fund Managers. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA