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BIOGRAPHY

MICHAEL KESSLER 

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 

1990 Rome Prize, Painting, American Academy in Rome, NYC-Rome, Italy 
1992 Pollock/Krasner Award, Painting, NYC
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

2021
Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

2020
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah 
Gallery Mar Carmel, Carmel, CA

2019 
Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Alex Salazar Fine Art, San Diego, CA 

2018 
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, New York Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

2017 
Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, Colorado 
Avran Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 

2016 
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
Studio E Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, New York
Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

2015 
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, Colorado
Avran Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 

2014 
Gallery Mar, Park City, Utah
Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Washington Madison Gallery, La Jolla, California
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC 

2013 
Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, Louisiana,  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
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, Phila, 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 

Massachusetts 

Michael Kessler and Stephanie Weber, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska Contemporary Abstraction, Klein Art Works, Chicago
Gallery Artists, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Phila, 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, Na 

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 

2013 

Peter Frank , Michael Kessler: The Sense(s) of Abstraction, Catalogue Essay, Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, La. 

2009 

D. Eric Bookhardt, Michael Kessler at Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Gambit, September, 2009 

2008 

Richard Speer, Michael Kessler at Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Art Ltd. July, 2008
Kevin Costello, Finding Solace in Abstracts, Sarasota Herald Tribune, August 2008 

Erin J. Smith, Michael Kessler : Graftings, CASA Magazine, November 2008
Colin Marshall, Michael Kessler's Graftings, Santa Barbara Independent, November, 2008 

2006 

D. Eric Bookhardt, Scratching the Surface, Michael Kessler at Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, Gambit, January, 2006 

2005 

Richard Speer, Michael Kessler at Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. ARTnews, November, 2005 

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 1997 Ebony, David, “Michael Kessler at Littlejohn Contemporary, New York City”, Art Net Magazine, April 1997 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, EcuadoRubin, 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 14G 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 Museum 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 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, Phila. 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
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. Pa.
Duff & Phelps, Chicago 

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. 

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