Michael Dixon




Master of Fine Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO



David Richard Gallery, New York, NY



2019: Residency, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA

2018: Associate Professor Summer Fellowship, Albion College, Albion, MI

2018: Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year, Albion College, Albion, MI

2017: Artist-in-Residence, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2016: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2015: Artist-in-Residence (One-Year, 2015-2016), Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant, New York, NY

2015: Artist-in-Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in France, Auvillar, France

2015: One-Year Sabbatical, Albion College, Albion, MI

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

2012: 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

2009: Artist-in-Residence, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

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



2019: I, too, sing America, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY

2019: Challenging Borders, The Bowman, Penelec, and Megahan Gallery, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

2018: Can You Hear Me Now, St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO

2018: The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

2018: 2018 Figurative Association Exhibition, Sandra J. Blain Galleries, ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2018: The Makings of a Man, madelife Gallery, Boulder, CO    

2018: Muskegon Museum of Art 90th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art,Muskegon, MI

2018: GoggleWorks 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA (juried by Thora Jacobsen)

2018: 32nd Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition, Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI (juried by Ryan Kaltenbach)

2018: Divided: Race and Identity in Modern America, McMahon Gallery, Dairy ArtsCenter, Boulder, CO

2018: American Art in the New Millenium, Galería Artificio, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia (traveling)

2017: Globalocation II: an Artnauts Exhibition, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Davie, Fl

2017: Ortak Tarihler: Afro-Turk Portreler (Shared Histories: Afro-Turkish Portraits), Galeri Eksen, Istanbul, Turkey

•(2017: Konak Belediyesi, Izmir, Turkey)

2017: Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts! Marriott Library, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (catalogue & traveling)

•(2017: The Benson Library, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX)

2017: Meta Journey, International Festival Sarajevo, The Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina

2017: Lets Talk About Love, Baby, Zygote Press, Inc. Gallery, Cleveland, OH (traveling)

•(2013: iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN)

•(2013: Printed Matter, New York, NY)

2016: Rally Round the Flag of Justice, Redline Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO (juried by Linda Weintraub)

2016: Zeitgeist: Social, Political, Cultural, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

•(2016: Moholo Live House, Khayelitsha, South Africa)

2016: The Narrative Figure, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016: Unapologetic Negritude, Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC

2016: Art and Resistance, Dar Al-Kalima University, Bethlehem, Palestine          

2016: Saturated, EastEnd Studio and Gallery, Marshall, MI

2014: Portraits From Turkey, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD (Solo)

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



2018: “20 Questions w/Michael Dixon,” madelife, access date: June 14, 2018.


2018: Amanda Moutinho, “Just Give a Damn,” Boulder Weekly, access date: February 1, 2018.


2017: Damir Cumurovic, “Meta Travel 40 Artists,” Oslobodenje, February 10, 2017, 6.

2017: “Ortak Tarihler: ‘Afro-Türk Portreleri,” Nisantasi Haber, access date: May 16, 2017.


2016: Jordan Eddy, "The Narrative Figure," Art Ltd, July/August 2016, 36.

2016: Jummy Olabanji, “’Unapologetic Negritude’ free art show at Anacostia Arts Center,”

Good Morning Washington, Washington, DC, May 18, 2016.



2016: Artists To Artists, Volume 2 (2002-2016), Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program: 452-453.

2015: “Some Thoughts on Failure,” Necessary Failures, Lisa Iglesias ed., (online zine 2015): 89-92.

2010: “Michael Dixon,” New American Paintings 89, August/September 2010, 24.

2008: “Michael Dixon at West Valley Art Museum,” Java, Michael Dixon and Onye Ozuzu, Dec. 2008, 14.



John Battenberg, Scottsdale, AZ

Nick Cave, Chicago, IL

Beverly McIver, Durham, NC

Petrucci Family Foundation



Chair and Full Professor of Art, Albion College, Albion, MI (faculty since 2008)



2018: Presenter, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2018: Lecture, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

2018: Lecture, St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO

2018: Artist Talk, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO

2017: Artist Talk and Undergraduate Critiques, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC

2017: Artist Talk and Social Justice Workshop, Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

2016: Artist Talk and In-Class Drawing Demonstration, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA



“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.”