My paintings, drawings, and constructions are fueled by life experiences and nature.

I work intuitively, combining, editing, and recombining marks into compositions that are

unexpectedly recognizable. I don’t set out to tell a story, but my many years as an

illustrator inevitably weave their way into my work. I don’t want to learn anything from

what I paint. I often look at things in my work and wonder what I did to make them. What

I want from finishing a piece is the confidence to start the next one and know it will end

up making me happy. In the process of finishing a piece, I want to step back and giggle.

STATEMENT

BIO

A 1975 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mike McConnell worked for more than 30 years as an illustrator before focusing on his fine art. He often turns to nature for inspiration for the vivid visual stories he tells. He uses paint in a collage-like way, cutting out shapes with vibrant colors on handmade wood panels, paper, and found material.

 

McConnell won the President’s Best of Show award for the 2016 Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition for his painting Bear Carver. He is also a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner and a 2017 finalist for the 13th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards.

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EDUCATION

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

 

2017

Finalist, 13th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards

 

2016

1st Place: President’s Best of Show Award, 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

 

Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council

 

2015

Two-Year Studio Artist Residency, Motor House, Baltimore, Maryland

 

2014

Best in Show, Lotta Art, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Juror’s Honorable Mention, 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art,

Chautauqua, New York

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

Cutting into Art, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

 

Elsewhere, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland

 

Galleries at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

 

California, Greenbelt Community Arts Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

 

2016

Crayons, Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Baltimore County Arts Guild, Baltimore, Maryland

 

2015

Flip Side, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

 

Pentimento, School 33 Art Center Members Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

2013

University of Baltimore Student Center Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

Parents’ Day, Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson, Maryland

 

Edges, MAXgallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Artscape Show, Motor House Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Bethesda Painting Awards Finalist Exhibition, Bethesda, Maryland

 

Marquee Ball Show, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland

 

2016

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Art Competition, Baltimore, Maryland

 

35th Anniversary Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Second Athenaeum Invitational, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

 

3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

 

Soul Space Stories, Motor House Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Big Show, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Impact 2016, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Marquee Ball Show, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Maryland Artists Registry Juried Show, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Art in Motion: The 25th Annual, Strathmore Juried Exhibition, Bethesda, Maryland

 

2015

Athenaeum Invitational, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

 

Two-Person Show, Hamilton Street Club, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Spatial Conversations, Creative Alliance, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

2014

B¡NGO: First Annual Juried Exhibition, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

 

57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, New York

 

Transformations: From One Thing to Another, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia

 

2013

2nd Biennial Maryland Regional, Juried Art Exhibition, University of Maryland University

College, Adelphi, Maryland

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

 

2017

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore, Maryland, 8x8 foot mural

 

North Barclay Green Apartments, Baltimore, Maryland, 14x24 foot mural

 

North Barclay Green Apartments, Baltimore, Maryland, 7.5x12 foot mural

 

Duke Street Tunnel, Alexandria, VA, Twelve 40x80 inch murals

 

La Quinta Hotels and Suites, Baltimore, MD, Two 144x24 inch murals

 

La Quinta Hotels and Suites, Baltimore, MD, 43 art reproductions for rooms

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

 

 

Leslie King Hammond Interview

 

Mike McConnell's Extraordinary World of Exploration, By Alex Kasten, Special to the Global Media Center UMUC

 

Washington Post In the Galleries June 1, 2017

 

In the Studio with Mike McConnell, Bmore Art

 

A Squiggle and a Scratch - Rowan Fulton on Pentimento: Paintings by Mike McConnell at School 33, Bmore Art

 

Mike McConnell lets his brush wander for his show 'Pentimento' at School 33, Baltimore City Paper

 

Artscape Gallery Network Opening Reception: “Pentimento” at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts

 

Maryland Public Television Artworks Season 3, Episode 334

 

Fresh Paint Magazine Volume 4

 

Kate Spade New York, Places to Go, People to See

 

Kate Spade New York Blog, Mike McConnell’s World of Whimsey

 

One Minute With … Kate Spade Designer Deborah Lloyd

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

 

 

MIKE MCCONNELL