Michael Jones McKean

Michael Jones McKean

Fellow: Awarded 2010
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Virginia Commonwealth University

Born in 1976 on Chuuk Island, Micronesia, Michael Jones McKean (M.F.A. 2002, Alfred University; B.F.A. 2000, Marywood University) is an American artist known primarily for his large-scale sculptural installations dealing with issues of narration, complexity, representation, materiality, and failure.

A recipient of numerous awards, McKean has received a Nancy Graves Foundation Award, the Artadia Award, a Thayer Fellowship in the Arts, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and a number of State Arts Commission grants. McKean has been in residence at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Central Michigan University as the Stephen L. Barstow Fellow, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and ThreeWalls in Chicago, Illinois.

McKean’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Quebec City Biennial in Quebec Canada, Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, The Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Horton Gallery in New York City, Project Gentili in Italy, Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas, and ThreeWalls.

His work as been discussed in The New York Times, Art Papers, artforum.com, Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, Surface Magazine, Flash Art, and NPR among others.

McKean’s work is represented by Horton Gallery, Gentili Apri in Berlin, Germany, and Inman Gallery.

McKean is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught since 2006.


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