I live in Macomb, Illinois, where until 2005 I taught painting courses in the art department of Western Illinois University. I left that position in 2005 to apply my time to studio work.
Detroit, Michigan, is my native city. I lived there until I took the position at Western Illinois University in 1994. I attended Wayne State University in Detroit, receiving an MFA degree in painting in 1978. Later that year I travelled to Italy where I continued my studies and painted for five months.
I began teaching art courses in the Detroit area in the fall of 1979 and continued to teach as an adjunct instructor for fifteen years at a number of schools including Wayne State University, the Birmingham Art Association, Henry Ford Community College, Oakland County Community College, and Macomb County Community College.
My first one-person exhibit was at Detroit’s Willis Gallery in 1981. Since then I’ve exhibited my work in many solo, two-person and group shows around the country.
My professional honors include two Individual Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and a number of purchase awards and exhibition awards. My work is represented in many private and public collections including the James P. Duffy collection, The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the AT&T Corporation, Wayne State University, the Wichita Center for the Arts, Henry Ford Community College and Western Illinois University.
To view and/or download my curriculum vitae click here: CURRICULUM VITAE
To view a brief interview with Douglas Stapleton, Assistant Curator at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery: INTERVIEW