Murray, Michael John
Michael John Murray is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Leesport, Pennsylvania.
Growing up in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, MIke found inspiration from the historical relevance and natural surroundings of his home turf. He graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in sculpture and continues to force his voice into the world through the objects he creates. Thourghly enjoying his time on earth, Mike can be found traveling as much as possible, learning through his mistakes and creating new work all the days he’s able.
“Since my Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, I have traveled to Mali every year for projects, research, inspiration and friendship. I received four Fulbright Specialist grants and grants from the Ford Foundation, the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid. Exhibition highlights include Multiple Exposures and Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design; Women Facing AIDS, New Museum; Have We Met?, at Colgate University. Permanent collections include the American Embassy in Mali, the city of Segou, Mali and the Islip Museum on Long Island, NY.”
Sparrenberger lives and works between New York and Indianapolis. She received her B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and was an M.F.A. student at the the New York Studio School in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in both national and international venues.
Leslie Ford is an abstract painter whose practice embraces printmaking and photography. She holds a BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon University and completed a summer residency in Painting and Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Based in New York, Leslie is an Art File Member of the Painting Center of New York City, a Rose Member of New York Artists Equity Association of New York City and an Artist Associate Member of the Ink Shop, Ithaca, NY.
Lindsay holds a BFA degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art and a Minor in Theatre from Temple University. During her junior year, she studied abroad for a semester in Rome, Italy, and found that she wanted to travel as much as possible in her future endeavors. She also realized that she
fell into the habit of creating very large-scale paintings featuring larger-than-life figures, in an effort to feel as though she was in the space with her
painted characters. She became increasingly interested in moving away from a 2D surface to create 3D environments, and therefore decided to pursue scenic design.
Bekka grew up the child of two teachers who immersed her in art, literature, mythology, and history. Her family moved many times and she coped with this transient upbringing by escaping into daydreams and fantasy, and built a sense of home in her mind to take wherever she went. Moving frequently made her (for better or worse) always the outside observer and allowed her to always make connections in her mind between very different places, things, experiences that she collected along the way. In her work, she creates magical realist landscapes full of symbolism and commentary on the world around her. She has a BA from Brandeis University in Painting with a minor in Creative Writing and an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. She currently lives in Medford MA.
Currently residing in Denton Texas, Lauren E. Allen graduated Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University in 2014 with a concentration in photography before enrolling in the University of North Texas in pursuit of a Master’s degree in 2021.
Richard Keen is a contemporary artist based in Maine. From 1997-2003 he taught privately and in public schools. Since then, he has maintained a studio at Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick and subsidizes his life as an artist by working as a diver.
Originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Keen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and a Master of Arts from S.U.N.Y. Albany.
His work appears in public and private collections internationally and he has been awarded multiple grants from various New England institutions including the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Sheffield, MA and Rhode Island Sea Grant, Narragansett, RI. Keen ‘s most recent solo shows were at the Zillman Art Museum, Bangor, ME, and Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, ME. Keen also exhibits with Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, MA, and the Painting Center in NY, NY. Keen has created public art and received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, University of Rhode Island, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. His work was included in the United States “Art in Embassies Program” and has been reviewed in Art New England, Portland Press Herald, Maine Home and Design, Dispatch Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine.
Paul Lorenz was born in Chicago and studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, The International School of Art in Italy (under Nicolas Carone) and UC Berkeley. His final leg of creative investigation led him to his MFA in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Rebecca Skelton earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Ms. Skelton has taught art classes as an adjunct professor for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, HCC Ybor, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Her work is in the Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Davidson’s Fine Art, and Articles.