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Updates from Michael Velliquette, ’93 BFA Studio Art

Published January 17, 2012
art work "Split Janus" by Michael Velliquette

Michael Velliquette, Split Janus, 2012, Mixed media on paper, 12” x 12”

In 2011 I had solo exhibitions of my work at DCKT Contemporary in New York and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I participated in over ten group exhibitions in relationship among others with the Haggerty Museum, Artpace (San Antonio), Kinzelman Fine Art (Houston) and Rockford College. My work was exhibited in four art fairs with DCKT Contemporary including the Next Art Fair, Chicago; artMRKT, San Francisco; Texas Contemporary, Houston; and Art Toronto, Canada, and additional works of mine were acquired by the Progressive Art Collection. A few of my cut paper sculptures made their off-Broadway debut last summer in the set design for Zach Braff’s play All New People. I spent June on residency at the Vermont Studio Center followed by a visiting artist talk and paper workshop at the Shelburne Museum to correlate with my works on view their show Paperwork in 3D. My work was mentioned or reviewed in over 30 online and print publications including Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York, San Antonio Current, Madison Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Hand/Eye, First Cut, Superstition Review, Art New England, Surface Magazine China, and Third Coast Digest. I was featured in the books Fresh! Cutting Edge Illustrations published by Slanted, Germany; Push Paper published by Lark Crafts and Sterling Publishing, New York; and Papercraft 2: Design with Art and Paper published by Gestalten, Germany. Last but not least, Devibook in San Antonio published my first monograph titled Michael Velliquette: Lairs of the Unconscious which chronicles the range of my studio practice over the past 8 years

Upcoming in 2012: This month I’m presenting a new series of cut paper works at the David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio and currently have solo exhibitions scheduled at Ripon College in March and Edgewood College, Madison in November. I’m also pleased to announce that I am now working with Blythe Projects and we are currently planning my first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 2012. This month, I will be participating in a large group exhibition here in Madison at the pre-renovated Downtown Public Library titled Bookless, where I’ll premiere a large-scale hanging mobile made from cut, iridescent plexiglass. Current summer exhibitions include the group show Animal Nature at the Racine Art Museum and a two-person show with my dear friend Joey Fauerso at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee. My work has also been making the rounds of the Polish hip-hop scene on the cover of the new Fisz Emade CD Monster Without Legs. This May, I will be a visiting artist at t he Maharishi University in Fairfield, IA. Publication-wise, Devibook will be releasing a soft-cover edition of my recent monograph sometime this spring, and I will be self-publishing a smaller-scale monograph documenting a recent series of gouaches called Studies for New Monuments; an essay by Evan J. Garza will accompany. I’m also pleased to continue teaching at both the University Wisconsin-Madison and at Madison College. This semester my three courses include an undergraduate class in art and creativity, a graduate level seminar in professional practices, and a hybrid studio/lecture course in Late Modern and Contemporary Art practices. A few 2013 dates are already on the map as well, including solo exhibitions at Rhodes College in Memphis and the new Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend.