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Michael Kessler was born in 1954 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He received a B.F.A. degree from Kutztown University. He currently lives and works in New Mexico.


1990: Rome Prize, Painting, American Academy in Rome , NYC-Rome, Italy

1992: Pollock/Krasner Award, Painting, NYC

1985: Awards in the Visual Arts-Five, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art

1977: Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

1983: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Grant in Painting


2014: Park City, Utah – Maui, Hawaii –  Portland, Oregon – Seattle, Washington  –  La Jolla, California

New York, NY

2013: New Orleans, Louisiana – Maui, Hawaii – Austin, Texas – Park City, Utah

2012: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Park City, Utah – Maui, Hawaii – Houston, Texas – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Santa Barbara, California

2011: New Orleans, Louisiana – La Jolla, California – Portland, Oregon – Maui, Hawaii – Lakeville,  Connecticut – Basalt, Colorado – Austin, Texas

2010: Maui, Hawaii – Englewood, New Jersey – Boston, Massachusetts – Park City, Utah

2009: Chicago, Illinois – Seattle, Washington – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – New Orleans, Louisiana – Laguna Beach, California – La Jolla, California

2008: Santa Fe, New Mexico – New Orleans, Louisiana – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Los Angeles, California – Santa Barbara, California – Charlotte, North Carolina

2007: Portland, Oregon  – Portland, Maine – Menlo Park, California – Houston, Texas – Boston, Massachusetts

2006: New Orleans, Louisiana – Dallas, Texas – Chicago, Illinois – Sun Valley, Idaho – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sarasota, Florida, Miami, Florida – Memphis, Tennessee – Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005: Santa Fe, New Mexico – Austin, Texas – Menlo Park, California – Portland, Oregon – Seattle, Washington

2004: Santa Fe, New Mexico – Aspen, Colorado – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sarasota, Florida – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Austin, Texas

2003: Santa Fe, New Mexico – New York, New York – Portland, Oregon – Dallas, Texas – Menlo Park, California

2002: Santa Fe, New Mexico, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Laguna Beach, California

2001: Cleveland, Ohio – Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000: Chicago, Illinois

1999: New York, New York – Chicago, Illinois – Sarasota, Florida – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1998: Omaha, Nebraska – Dallas, Texas

1997: New York, New York – Chicago, Illinois – Santa Fe, New Mexico

1996: New York, New York – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1995: Helsingborg, Sweden – Omaha, Nebraska – Gothenberg, Sweden – Chicago, Illinois

1994: Chicago, Illinois – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Niagara Falls, New York – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1993: Goteborg, Sweden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992: Chicago, Illinois – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Niagara Falls, New York – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sarasota, Florida

1991: Goteborg, Sweden

1990: Buffalo, New York – Chicago, Illinois – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – New York, New York

1989: Goteborg, Sweden

1988: New York, New York

1987: Boston, Massachusetts – New York, New York

1986: Goteborg, Sweden -London, England – New York, New York

1984: New York, New York

1983: Niagara Falls, New York


2013: Peter Frank, Michael Kessler: The Sense(s) of Abstraction, Catalogue Essay – New Orleans, La.

2009: D. Eric Bookhardt, Michael Kessler – New Orleans

2008: Richard Speer, Michael Kessler, Portland, Oregon – Kevin Costello, Finding Solace in Abstracts, Sarasota Herald Tribune –  Erin J. Smith, Michael Kessler :  Graftings, CASA Magazine  – Colin Marshall, Michael Kessler’s Graftings, Santa Barbara Independent

2006: D. Eric Bookhardt, Scratching the Surface, Michael Kessler – New Orleans

2005: Richard Speer, Michael Kessler, Santa Fe, NM.  -ARTNews

2004: Kevin Costello, Kessler Landscapes Energetic, Enigmatic, The Sarasota Harold Tribune – Roberta Fallon, Michael Kessler’s New Paintings, Philadelphia Weekly

2003: Richard Speer, Kessler, Portland, Or.

2002: Robert Nott, Surface Matters, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican Edward J.  – Sozanski, Features Weekend, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Kurt Shaw, Southwest Influences Pa. Native’s Paintings, The Pittsburgh Tribune

2001: Douglas Max Utter, Mind Over Matter, The Cleveland Free Times

1999: Trevor Richardson, After Nature II, and University of Massachusetts Amherst an Exhibition of Paintings by: Gregory Amenoff, Bill Jensen, Michael Kessler, Rebecca Perdum, and Katherine Porter

1997: Seidel, Miriam, “Michael Kessler”, Art in America –  Ebony, David, “Michael Kessler”, Art Net Magazine – McCloud, Kathleen, “A Capricious Artistic Journey Beginning With Paint”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican  – Victor M. Cassidy,  Artnet Magazine, , Forty to Fifty Layers  – David Ebony,  ArtNet Magazine , – David Ebony’s New York Top Ten , Michael Kessler, New York

1996: Altabe, Joan “Kessler’s Subtle Paintings Reveal Depth”, Sarasota Herald-

Tribune – Yellin Outwater,Myra, “Move to Santa Fe Colors Michael Kessler’s Paintings “, The Morning Call, Alentown – Aguilar, Robert, “A Mystical Version of the Ecology”, El Comercio, Cuenca, Ecuado – Rubin, David, “Elusive Nature”, 1996 Cuenca Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador

1995: Melrod, George, “Openings”, Art and Antiques

1994: Holg, Garrett, “Kessler at Klein-Chicago”, Artnews – Kohen, Helen. “Michael Kessler’s Roman Geometry”, Miami Herald – Wiens, Ann, “Kessler at Klein-Chicago”, New Art Examiner

1992: McCracken, David, “11 Year in Italy Catapults Kessler’s Work”, Chicago Tribune – McNear, Sarah, “Transcendental Spaces”; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

1991: Noll, Anna “Vital Forces: Nature in Contemporary Abstraction”, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY – Sozanski, Edward. “On Galleries”, The Philadelphia Inquirer

1990: Doll, Nancy “Inner Natures” Four Contemporary Artists; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Carter, Holland. “Michael Kessler,” ArtNews – King, Elaine A. Nature in the Age of Masscult, New York, New York –  Rubin, David S. The Paintings of Michael Kessler: Preserving Nature’s Umbilical Cord; Klein Artworks, Chicago, Illinois – Stein, Judith. Michael Kessler: Paintings, Buffalo, New York

1989: Yau, John. Four Painters, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan Nature in Evolution; The Scandinavian Works, Goteborg, Sweden – Cohen, Ronnie. “Michael Kessler,” Art Forum – Rice, Robin. “Cool Slate and Weathered Wood,” Philadelphia City Paper- Sozanski, Edward. “On Galleries,” The Philadelphia Inquirer ,Wooster – Ann Sargent,  “Michael Kessler,” Arts Magazine – Cyphers, Peggy,  Arts Magazine –  Newhall, Edith. “Galleries” New York Magazine

1988: Yau, John. Michael Kessler’s View of the World; NewYork, New York

1987: Carrier, David. “Michael Kessler: A Painter of Nature in the Era of Postmodernist Art” Arts Magazine – Narrett, Eugene “Michael Kessler” New Art Examiner – Stapen, Nancy “Michael Kessler,” Artforum 25 – Wineberg, Jonathan. “Michael Kessler,” Art in America – Carrier, David. Michael Kessler; New-York

1986: Hall, Jacqueline. “Arts Flourish Southside New York,” The Columbus Dispatch – Zimmer, William. “Winners on Parade at the Neuberger”, The New York Times – Westchester Section – Gambrel, Jamey. Awards in the Visual Arts 5 – the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston- Salem, North Carolina – Yau, John. After the Fall, London, England

1985: Bohn-Duchen, Monica. “Nine Painters from New York” Flash Art – Larson, Kay. “Fresh Faces for Summer,” New York Magazine – Raynor, Vivian “Art: New York, an Anthology at the New Museum,” The New York Time – Schwabsky, Barry “Exotica: A Different World,” Arts Magazine – Yau, John. “Michael Kessler,” Artforum   – “Michael Kessler’s Drawings: Gesture as Image,” Sulfer

1984: Rifkin, Ned, New York/Outside New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York – Made in Philadelphia 6 – Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania – Warren, Ron “Michael Kessler ” Arts Magazine

1983: Kotik, Charlotta, Landscapes and Imagery:  Paintings and Drawings by Michael Kessler; Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York – Glueck, Grace “Art-One Man’s Biennial Assembles 102 Artists,” The New York Times


1999/2000: College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1993/1995: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1992/1993: Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York  –  Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania – Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, Texas – Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, California – Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York – Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York – Columbus Museum of Art,  Columbus, Ohio – DeCordova  Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts – Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee – Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, Michigan – Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii – Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts – Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York – The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York – The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey – Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania – Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California – Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California


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