Michael Jones McKean, born in Micronesia \\ lives New York City \ Richmond, Virginia

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2017 – Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris, France
2016 – The CONTEMPORARY, Baltimore, MD
2016 – The Drift, Pittsburgh, PA
2015 – ” three carbon tons”, (two-person w/ Jered Sprecher) Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 – “a hundred twenty six billion acres”, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2014 – “we float above to spit and sing”, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
2014 – “Michael Jones McKean and Gilad Efrat”, Inman Gallery, at UNTITLED, Miami, FL
2013 – ” The Religion”, The Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY (catalog)
2013 – “Seven Sculptures”, (two person with Jackie Gendel), Horton Gallery, New York, NY
2013 – “Love and Resources”, (two person show with Timur Si-Qin), Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, CA
2012 – “circles become spheres”, Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany
2012 – “Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms”, Bemis Center, Omaha, NE
2012 – “The Gilded Scab”, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2012 – “Five Sculptures”, Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH
2011 – “Four Sculptures”, Art Athina, Athens, Greece with Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany
2011 – “landscape in a room with twenty seven windows”, Shenkar College, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011 – “rites and dust”, Horton Gallery, New York, New York
2009 – “Michael Jones McKean: Sculptures and Collages”, Art Verona, Verona, Italy, with Gentili Apri
2008 – “brown gold braid and field and plant life”, ThreeWalls, Chicago, Illinois
2008 – “The Sunshine of Our Last Day”, University of Illinois, Springfield, Springfield, Illinois
2008 – “the wake, the saint, the sound, the branch”, Project Gentili, Prato, Italy
2007 – “The Astronomer, The Builder, The Volunteers”, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
2007 – “New Sculptures”, NADA, Miami, Florida, with SUNDAY, New York, New York
2007 – “The Discipline of Astronomy and Wind”, SUNDAY, New York, New York
2007 – “The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows”, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (catalog)
2006 - “Riverboat Lovesongs for Ghost Whale Regatta”, Grand Arts, Kansas City, Missouri

Group Exhibitions (selection) 

2016 - “Au-delà de l’image III”, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris, France, curated by Valeria and Edouard Escougnou-Cetraro
2016 - “Dense Mesh”, Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK, curated by Joshua Citarella

2016 - “The Future We Remember”, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North
2016 - “Carolina”, curated by Cora Fisher and Sarah Higgins
2016 - “The Treachery of Objects”, University of Arkansas’s Fine Arts Gallery, Fayetteville, AK, curated by Margaret Meehan
2015 – “Foster Prize Exhibition”, ICA Boston, Boston, MA, curated by kijidome

2015 – “Sunset Haircut”, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 – “SIsleeping”, Bb, Baltimore, Maryland
2014 - “Traucum”, Parc Saint Leger Centre d’art Contemporain, Nevers, France

2013 - “Paper for the Sky”, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY, curated by CAVE, Detroit, MI
2013 - “CISCO, SYSCO, SISQO”, La Fonda, Rockaway Beach, New York, NY
2012 – “Under Construction”, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware

2012 – “Sculptors Drawing”, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
2012 – “Three Evidentiary Claims”, (with Erin Shirreff, Lesley Vance) CCS at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson, New York, curated by Rachel Cook
2011 – “Possession”, The Art Foundation (TAF), Athens, Greece

2011 – “Science & Exploration”, Horton Gallery, New York, New York
2011 - “Streams of Consciousness: The Histories, Mythologies and Ecologies of Water”, The Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas, curated by Chris Cook
2011 - “sometimes the things you put things on are more important than the things themselves”, Pier 1218, Madison, Wisconsin
2010 – “Summer Solstice”, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

2010 – “The Quebec City Biennial”, Manif d’art 5, Quebec City, Canada, curated by Sylvie Fortin
2010 – “QVNOXW//”, 86 Forsyth, Chinatown, New York
2010 – “Objet Petit A”, Spoke Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2010 – “Strangers in Conversation”, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
2010 – “Oculus Imaginationi”, Horton & Co., New York, New York
2010 – “browser, inter-actor, co-author, producer, nomad”, The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2010 – “The Margins”, The Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona
2010 – “Drawn”, (with Jered Sprecher and Kevin Zucker), Kinkead Contemporary, Culver City, California
2010 – “Physical Reminders”, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2008 – “Learning By Doing”, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas

2008 – “Pole Shift”, Project Gentili, Berlin, Germany
2008 – “Pole Shift”, Project Gentili, Prato, Italy

Selected residencies and fellowships 

2014-15 The Sharpe Walentas Studio Program, New York, NY (formerly Marie Walshe Sharpe)
2014 - Cannonball, Miami, Florida
2010 - International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, New York
2008 - ThreeWalls, Chicago, Illinois
2004-06 - The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
2004 - The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
2002-03 - The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Selected grants, awards 

2015 - Virginia Commission for the Arts Award
2011 - Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
2010 - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship
2006 - Artadia Award, Artadia Foundation, New York, New York
2005 - The Nancy Graves Foundation Award, New York, New York

Selected reviews, assays, interviews 

2016 - Zachary Cahill, “Eye Exam: A Reflection on the Art of Threewalls and the Importance of Alternative
2016 - Spaces,” New City Art, March 31 2016
2016 - Amy White, “Out of This World,” Burnaway, March 28 2016
2015 - Dinah Ryan, “Michael Jones McKean: The Set of All Things,” Sculpture Magazine, May 15.
2015 – Paddy Johnson, “We Went to Baltimore Part 1: The Art Fair that Doesn’t Suck,” July 20.
2015 – Jo Dahn, “New Directions in Ceramics: from Spectacle to Trace,” Bloomsbury, p. 110 -115.
2015 – Gorky’s Granddaughter, Video Interview, October 2015
2015 – Michael Antony Farley, “Highlights from the Foster Prize,” Art F City, July 2.
2015 – Michael Drake, Interview, “THE BLAAAH,” issue 2, release June 27.
2015 – Rainey Knudson, Christina Rees, “Top 5,” Glasstire, June 4.
2015 – Susie Tommaney, “Energy Transference,” Houston Press, June 5.
2015 – Molly Glentzer, “Art Frozen in Time,” Houston Chronicle, June 19.
2015 – João Santos Duarte, “A incrível viagem de Donald Crowhurst,” Espresso, July 10.
2014 - Stephen Dillon, “An Artist’s Cryptic Vitrines Explore Our Physical and Digital Worlds,” artsy.com, Nov.
2014 – Gean Moreno, “Pharmaceutical Tests on Axolotlhumans: On Michael Jones McKean’s Objects,” catalog essay for: we float above to spit and sing.
2014 – Tara Strickstein, “always already becoming,” catalog essay for: we float above to spit and sing
2014 – Gean Moreno, interview, Dark Psychedelia, DIS Magazine, October.
2014 – Hannah Walsh, “A Material Present,” monograph, “Michael Jones McKean: The Religion”
2014 – Hunter Brathwaite, “we float above to spit and sing,” Miami Rail, Spring 2014.
2014 – Carlos Suarez De Jesus, “He’s a Magic Man,” Miami, New Times, May 17.
2014 – Glenn Weiss, “More Joy: Rainbows: Best Loved, Least Used,” Aesthetic Grounds, Public Art, Public Space: ArtsJournal, March 31.
2014 – Selected Work: “The Religion,” by Michael Jones McKean, THE BLAAAHG, January 21.
2014 – Hamish MacDonald, “Constructing Anomalies,” dissertation, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne pg. 20-21.
2013 - Dinah Ryan, “you your sun and shadow,” Anderson Gallery, Sculpture Magazine, May.
2013 – “An Evolving Turn: w/ Timur Si-Qin, Michael Jones McKean, Pablo Larios,” DIS Magazine, April.
2013 – “Rainbows on Demand,” interview, With Good Reason, virginiahumanites.org, April.
2012 - Jerome Delgado, “Sur Les Cendres d’une buanderie,” le Devoir, February 19, pg. 8.
2012 - Suzanne Smith Arney, “Michael Jones McKean’s Prism of Possibility.” International Sculpture Center
2012 – Blog, August 26.
2012 - Jillian Steinhauer, “Artist Makes Real Rainbows,” interview, Hyperallergic, May 9.
2012 - Priscilla Frank, “Michael Jones McKean To Build Rainbow Over Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts,” The Huffington Post, May 10
2012 - Rachel Wolf, “Must See Outdoor Art,” Architectural Digest, July.
2012 - Marina Galperina, ‘A Short Survey of Rainbows in Art,” Flavorwire, May 14.
2012 - “Rainbows by Michael Jones McKean,” Juxtapoz Magazine, May.
2012 - James Gaddy, “Summer Preview,” Surface, July/Aug, page 23.
2012 - Michael J. Krainak, “Somewhere Over Bemis,” The Reader, June 13.
2012 - Eric Zimmerman, “Michael Jones McKean: The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes
2012 - Between Forms,” might be good… issue 193, June.
2012 - “The Rainbow Goes Green,” The American Meteorological Society: The Front Page, August.
2012 - Eric Zimmerman, “Michael Jones McKean: The Gilded Scab,” might be good…, January 20.
2012 - Karen Newton, “The Shadows Know,” Style Weekly, Jan 21.
2011 - Associated Press, “Artist Produces On-Demand Rainbows” Chicago Sun Times. February 21.
2011 – “Crean una máquina que fabrica arcoiris”. lanacion.com, January 8.
2011 – “Public Art Rainbows Have Nothing To Hide,” www.greenpublicart.com, January 10.
2011 – Amy Dusto, “Artist Recycles Rainbows,” Discovery News, January 6.
2011 – Eli Armon Azouly, ‘Open the Window,’ Haaretz, April 5.
2011 – Nimrod Flashenberg, ‘Back Room.’ Time Out Tel Aviv, April 20, pg 78.
2011 – Paula Rothman, “Ele Faz Arco-Iris”, Abril Magazine, Brazil, March, pg. 18.
2011 – Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press, “Artist Builds Rainbow Making Machine,” appeared in over 100 print and online publications, February 21.
2011 – Tim Bowring, Interview, Zero Hour, WRIR 97.3, broadcast February 4.
2011 – Laura O’Shea, Interview, QF Radio, 93.7FM in Qatar, 10 minutes.
2010 – Adam Welch, “The Margins: A Theory of Resistance in Contemporary Ceramics,” Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 79, pg. 42 -47.
2011 – Harry Kollatz Jr., “The Hard Transparency of Things,” Richmond Magazine, June.
2011 – Colleen Curran, “A Rainbow Runs Through It,” richmond.com, May 18.
2011 – Deanna Sirlin, “Quelle Catastrophe!: An Interview with Sylvie Fortin,” The Arts Section, May 20.
2011 – ‘Catastrophe? Quelle Catastrophe!,’ Manif d’Art Quebec City Biennale catalog, pg. 42-43.
2011 – Perrin Drumm, “Channeling Joseph Cornell,” www.sundancechannel.com, January 13.
2011 – “Rainbows on Demand,” NPR Science Friday, December 22.
2011 – Bridgette Meinhold, “Solar-Powered Machine Creates Rainbows from Recycled Rainwater,” inhabitat, December 20.
2011 – Tina Roth Eisenberg, “The Man-Made Rainbow Machine,” swiss-miss.com, December 30.
2011 – Kyle VanHemert, “The Man Made Rainbow Machine”. www.gizmodo.com.au, December 24.
2011 – Shin-Yeon Jeon, Korean Ceramic Art Monthly Magazine.
2008 - Dick Durham, “Sailing into Oblivion,” Yachting Monthly, October, pgs: 1, 30-40.
2008 – Damien James, “Michael Jones McKean at ThreeWalls,” New City Chicago, July 24.
2008 – Garin Pirnia, “Michael Jones McKean: brown gold braid and field and plantlife,” TimeOut Chicago, issue 178, July 24-30.
2008 – Karsten Lund, “Michael Jones McKean: brown gold braid and field and plantlife,” FlavorPill Chicago, June 27.
2008 – Eric Zimmerman, Interview: “The Historian and the Astronomer.” might be good…, issue #98.
2008 – Alison de Lima Greene, “A Permanent Presence: Works by the Core Artists in the MFAH Collection,” Core Artists and Critics in Residence, 195-202.
2008 – David Shaw, “Remains of a Dream,” Cruising World, July Issue,12-14.
2008 – Gianluna Fontanna, “Pretty Messy,” Surface Magazine, July – Aug, 118-127.
2008 – Christopher Chambers, “Space Invaders,” Flash Art, March-April, 84.
2008 – Brian Gillis, “The Sisyphus Stone,” catalog essay, Michael Jones McKean: Selected Projects
2003-2008 - Stacy Switzer, “The Object in the Limit,” catalog essay, Michael Jones McKean: Selected Projects 2003-2008.
2008 – Lerri Bolognesi, “the wake the saint the sound the branch,” video, exibart, Italy, March 3.
2008 – Matthew Edgeworth, “In Conversation,” interview for ‘the wake the saint the sound the branch,’ Project Gentili, Prato, Italy.
2008 – Sean Carroll, “Angela Fraleigh and Michael Jones McKean at Inman,” ArtsHouston Magazine,
January 2008.
2007 – Douglas Britt, “Michael Jones McKean at Inman,” Houston Chronicle, December 26.
2007 – Sasha Lee, “Michael Jones McKean,” beautifuldecay.com, September.
2007 – Paddy Johnson, “Risk Taking at NADA, artfagcity.com, December 8.
2007 – Matt Wolf, video, “Fun at the Fair,” nytimes.com, The New York Times Style Magazine, December 7.
2007 -Brian Sholis, “Conventional Center.” artforum.com, December 6.
2007 – Charles Dee Mitchell, “It’s All About the Mango Milkshakes,” glasstire.com, December.
2007 – William Hanley, “Editor’s Picks: Open Season in New York,” artinfo.com, September 13.
2007 – James Wagner, “Michael Jones McKean at SUNDAY,” jameswagner.com, September 11.
2007 -Karen Rosenberg, “Michael Jones McKean, The Discipline of Astronomy and Wind,” New York Times, September 28.
2007 – Karen Rosenberg, “LES is More,” New York Magazine, August 25.
2007 – Michelle White, “Metanarratives and Marginalia: Michael Jones McKean’s Quixotic Compilation,” Art Papers, July/August, page 34-39.
2007 – Bill Davenport, “The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows,” GlassTire, February.
2007 – Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Playing Hard to Get,” Houston Press, February 15-21, page 42.
2007 – Catherine Lu, The Front Row, Interview, KUHF public radio, January 11.
2007 – Christopher Cook, “Dissolving Logic in H2O,” Exhibition Interview for The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, 6-13.
2007 – Diane Barber, “An Epic Love Song,” exhibition essay for The Possibility of Men and the River
2007 – Shallows, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, 3-5.

Lectures, visiting artist, visiting tudor

2015 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, Dec 3
2015 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, April 14
2015 – Visiting Artist Lecture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, March 26
2014 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, Carnegie Mellon University \ Studio for Creative Inquiry, Pittsburgh, PA, October 30
2014 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, November 4th
2014 – Lecture, The Jordan Schnitzer Museum, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, April
2014 – Visiting Artist/Lecture MICA, Baltimore Maryland, February 17
2014 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Columbia University, January 28
2013 - Visiting Tudor, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, Dec 12-14
2013 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 21
2013 – Visiting Artist Lecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, November 11-12
2013 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Alfred University The School of Art and Design, October 24
2013 – Lecture/panelist, Learning from Higby, The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
2013 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, New York University, New York, New York, September 19
2013 – Visiting Artist/ Lecture, Metro University, Denver, Colorado, February 6 – 7
2012 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, November 27
2012 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Provincetown at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, Oct. 26-28
2012 – Lecture, International Sculpture Center’s ISConnects, Omaha, Nebraska, July 21
2012 – Visiting Artist/Lecture Scripps College, Claremont, California. March 6
2012 – Lecture, Myers Visiting Professor, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, January
2011 - Lecture/Visiting Artist, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 13-April 7
2011 – Visiting Tudor, Lecture, Royal College of Art, London, UK, March 8
2011 – Lecture/Visiting Artist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 3-5
2010 – Lecture, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, New York, December 7
2010 – Visiting Artist, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 30-31
2010 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 2-4
2010 – Lecture/Visiting Artist, Marywood University, Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture, Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 15-16
2009 - Lecture and Seminar, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, September 28-29
2009 – Lecture/Visiting Artist, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, October 20-21
2009 – Lecture/Visiting Artist, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9
2009 – Lecture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, September 15
2009 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 23-26
2009 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, March 13-15
2009 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, March 5-7
2008 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, November 19-20
2008 – Artist Talk, ThreeWalls, Chicago, Illinois, August 1
2008 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, April 10
2008 - Chancellors Distinguished Scholar Lecture, University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois, March 26
2007 - Artist Talk, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
2007 – Lecture, Toward Incongruence, College Art Association New York, New York
2007 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Illinois, Springfield, Springfield, Illinois
2006 - Artist Talk, Grand Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
2006 – Visiting Artist/Lecture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
2006 – Visiting Artist, University of Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

2005 - Lecture, University of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas, September 28
2005 – Artist Talk, The Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, August 27
2005 – Lecture, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas, April 16
2005 – Lecture/Visiting Artist, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, April 11-13
2004 - Lecture, The New York State College of Ceramics, July 14
2004 - Lecture, The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana, May 27
2004 - Lecture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, January
2004 - Visiting Artist/Lecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Feb. 3-4
2003 - Lecture, The Stephen L. Barstow Visiting Professor Lecture, Central Michigan University, Nov 13
2003 – Lecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, March
2003 - Lecture, University of Kansas, Hallmark Visiting Artist Lecture, Lawrence, Kansas, February 24-26
2003 - Lecture, San Diego Sate University, San Diego, California, February 15
2003 - Lecture, Mesa College, San Diego, California, February 14
2002 - Lecture, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, October

Appointements 

2006 – current, Associate Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media,
2006 – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
2012 - The Myers Visiting Professor, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
2003 - The Stephen L. Barstow Fellow / Professor, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan