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The Art of: Del Michel

January 23, 2022 — April 3, 2022

Del Michel has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. Following graduate school and a Master of Fine Art from Iowa University, Michel began his career in 1964 as an art instructor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. During his tenure, he helped to develop the art department where it began offering an art major, and became a respected and accredited program that produced many fine artists.

Michel has participated in competitive and invitational exhibitions throughout the U.S. including: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans and San Francisco, and has won many prizes. He has been selected for seven international exhibitions. His one-man shows include: Toledo Art Museum, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Muskegon Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Dennos Museum Center, Museum of Fine Art Queretaro, Mexico, Galerie Groeneveld, Amelo the Netherlands, Croydon College of Art, London, England, and Portsmouth College of Art, Portsmouth, England. He is represented in numerous private, corporate, and university and museum collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.

Artist Statement

My world is one of lyrical images – drawn, etched, painted, shaped, cut fragmented, assembled and discovered in the spontaneous making of art.

These images celebrate the beauty and energy I experience in nature, alive with dynamic change . . . landscape patterns shaped by natural forces such as wind, climate, quality of light and atmosphere. They celebrate my fascination with distant and past cultures, discovered through travel and revealed in fragments of architecture and artifacts, allowing me to make connections with my own particular visual sensibility through the patina of time.

"Midsummer Pleasures" detail by Del MichelAN AFTERNOON WITH DEL MICHEL

Sunday, March 6 — 2:00 PM

Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet artist Del Michel and see his exhibition on view through April 3rd in the Milliken Cases at the Dennos. This exhibition represents a variety of his work from the past three decades and will be the first time his sculptures will be on view at the museum. Del Michel’s lyrical paintings, assemblages, and sculptures are reflective of his many travels, interest in ancient ruins and cultures, and are a celebration of the natural world with their vibrant colors and rich textures.