international drawing annual 5 exhibition-in-print
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Michael May
Oxford, Ohio

Miami University, MFA Candidate


pages 117-119


These drawings were made as studies for paintings.  The paintings depict futile experiments performed by a narcissist who can't think clearly, yet has good intentions.  The spaces are kept free from clutter and his tools are spaced in a very obsessive compulsive manner.  The drawings depict these tools in his pristine workspace.

I do these drawings because they directly inform the mark making in the paintings. Although they are studies, I like them a lot.  They may display the content found in the paintings, but I think they are capable of standing alone.


born:1980, Indianapolis, Indiana


Miami University, 2010
Ball State University, 2003

selected awards/honors

Graduate Achievement Award, Miami Unversity, 2009

selected publications

Connections on Surface Just Illusions, Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2008: E6

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Hiestand Galleries: Noble Intentions of an Ignoramous, Oxford, OH, 2010
MVNU Campus Gallery: Trial and Failure:  Irrational Still Lifes, Mt. Vernon, OH, 2010
Worthington Art Center: Oromatuas, Columbus, OH, 2009
Ohio Art League Gallery: Red Sky-Open Mouth, Columbus, OH, 2008

selected group shows

Manifest Gallery: PAUSE Contemporary Still Life, Cincinnati, OH, 2009
Hiestand Galleries: Undecided, Oxford, OH, 2008
Hugh N. Ronald Gallery: Seventh Harvest Regional Juried Biennial, Portland, IN 2007
Foothills Gallery: Paintings 2007, Nelsonville, OH, 2007

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