Michael Dixon

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Biography:

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014        Portraits From Turkey, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

2013        Black and White All Over, James S. Murray Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

2012        Afro-Turks, Portraits from Abroad, Dickinson Gallery, Albion College, Albion, MI

2011        Shared Histories / Ortak Tarihler, Konakalti KüLtüR Merkezi, Mugla, Turkey

2010        My Black Flesh and My White Flesh Don't Get Along, Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC

2009        The Beautiful Struggle, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

                Sambo Scratches His Navel and Watches His Crazy Sister, Albion College, Albion, MI

                Sambo's Sister, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Main Gallery, Miami, FL

                Sambo Scratches His Naval and Watches His Crazy Sister, The Dairy Center, Boulder, CO

                Sambo Scratches His Naval and Watches His Crazy Sister, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014      Paper Doll Vintage Boutique's Premier Art Show, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, Sayville, NY

2013      Mai de Noisy, aux Anciennes Ecuries (the Old Stables), Noisy-le-Roi, France

  Lets Talk About Love, Baby, iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN Lets Talk About Love, Baby, Printed Matter, New York, NY

2012       Penland Summer Instructor Exhibit, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

               MACAA Members Juried Exhibition, Wayne State University Art Galleries, Detroit, MI

                 51st Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI

                 6th National Juried Competition and Show, Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH

   84th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

   Places, Faces, and Things, Commerce Pointe Gallery, Battle Creek, MI

   Body/Figure/Nude, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

2011        Emerge…, 101 / Exhibit Gallery, Miami, FL

2010        Artist Intent on Destroying Stereotypes (A.I.D.S.), Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2009         Full Circle, The Marwen, Chicago, IL

2008        54th Annual Juried Art Show, Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC (juied by Beverly McIver) The Portrait, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2007        Arizona Biennial ’07, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (juried by Dianne Perry Vanderlip)

                Worlds In Common, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, AZ (juried by Joan Waters)

                Here/Now, Ghost Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2006        American Democracy Project - Raise your Voice, CMSU Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO

                The Nightmare Continues…, Art Foundry Galley, Sacramento, CA

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

2015        Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY Artist-in-Residence, VCCA France, Auvillar, France

2014        Large and Small Grant, Albion College, Albion, MI

2013        Puffin Foundation Grant, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ

2012        Artist-in-Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

                Large and Small Grant, Albion College, Albion, MI

2011        Blanchard Fellowship, Albion College, Albion, MI

2010        Large and Small Grant, Albion College, Albion, MI

2009        Cultural Crossroads Artist-in-Residence, The Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

                Artist-in-Residence, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2008        Artist-in-Residence, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

              Artist Career Development Grant, Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, Phoenix, AZ

2006        Artist-in-Residence, Atlantic Center For The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

2004        Professional Development Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2002        Artist-in-Residence, The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA

 

COLLECTIONS

Beverly McIver, Durham, NC John Battenberg, Scottsdale, AZ Nick Cave, Chicago, IL

 

PUBLICATIONS

McCrae, Shane. Mule. Ohio: Cleveland State Unversity Poetry Center, 2010. New American Painting, No. 89, Midwest Edition, August/September 2010.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Your Time, “Holter Museum Presenting Discussion on Race,” Independent Record, March 5, 2009, 16. Lilia Menconi, “Beyond the Pale,” Phoenix New Times, January 8-14, 2009, 31.

Michael Dixon and Onye Ozuzu, “Michael Dixon at West Valley Art Museum,” Java, December 2008, 14. Leslie Barton, “Bi-Racial Epithets,” Phoenix New Times, December 4-10, 2008, 34.

Scott Andrews, “Michael Dixon at Shemer Art Center”, Java, May 2008, 14. Ryan Hatch, “Collaboration”, The Colorado Daily, February 29, 2008, 23.

Elizabeth Marglin, “Winter Exhibit Cycle”, Daily Camera, January 28, 2005, 11. Lindsey Hurwitz, “Student Art”, The Campus Press, October 14-20, 2004, 24. Christina Eisert, “Art Stimulates Life”, Boulder Weekly, January 15-21, 2004, 14.

Beverly Medlyn, “Display With Slurs Removed”, The Arizona Republic, October 15, 1999, A23.

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014-present            Associate Professor of Art, Albion College, Albion, MI

                                  Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2008-2014                Assistant Professor of Art, Albion College, Albion, MI

2012                          Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2015        Artist Talk and In-Class Painting Demonstration, Duke University, Durham, NC

                Lecture and Studio Critique, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

                  Key Note Speaker, Intercultural Affairs Senior Recognition, Albion College, Albion, MI

2014          Lecture and Studio Critique, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

                  Lecture, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

2013          Lecture, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

                  Artist Talk, Soup and Stories, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

2012          Key Note Speaker, Intercultural Affairs Senior Recognition, Albion College, Albion, MI 2011          Artist Talk, Albion College, Albion, MI

2010-2014                Board Member, Calhoun County Arts Council, Calhoun County, MI 2010     Juror, Student Art Exhibition, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

2008          Grant Panelist, Organizations and Schools, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2007          Grant Panelist, Organizations and Schools, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix, AZ

 

Statement:

“I use self-portraiture as a narrative device to explore the areas of identity, race, identity perception, African American history, and social justice. I often use my own racial identity as the topic of my work. I have experienced fluidity in the perception of my race and ethnicity as a light skinned, bi-racial Black man. My struggles to fit into a racial group category and how I fashion an authentic self, while constantly feeling like an outsider, is the foundational and emotional content of my work. I am primarily interested in the experiences of bi-racial people who might share in this struggle. Is there a unique bi-racial experience? My work seeks to find out.

“Along with my personal identity struggles, the historical legacy of racism in the United States for communities of color informs my experiences. My current work responds to the police killings of unarmed Black men, women, and children across America. While this is a constant attack on the Black community, the increased international media attention, public awareness, and public movements are new phenomena. The recent killings of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner to Tamir Rice and Michael Brown, illustrate that Black victims can range in age from 12 to 50 years old. This raises the question of the value of Black bodies in contemporary America, which is linked to a long history of violence against its Black population through slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. My aim is to locate myself in this discussion as a bi-racial Black man who has both been the victim of racism and has in some instances “passed” for white because of my light skin. I see this as the cost of a legacy of racism that particularly troubles me and this conversation must continue.”


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