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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1960 in Cleveland, OH. Lives and works in Cleveland, OH.  He has been presented in solo exhibitions at Springfield Museum of Art in Ohio, Cleveland School of the Arts, Progressive Insurance Corporate Headquarters, and University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been included in group exhibitions at MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserves University. Lovelace won the Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist in 2015 and multiple Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants for Painting. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Art Collection, and Springfield Museum of Art. Lovelace is represented by Fort Gansevoort, New York. 

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020
Brick City, HARPER’S, East Hampton, New York
Nightshift, Fort Gansevoort, New York

2019
EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2018
The Land, Paintings from 1994 – 2016, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York

2015
Good People with Bad Habits, Front Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2013
The Neighborhood, The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery at Shaker Historical Society, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Streetology: Cleveland Through the Eyes of Michelangelo Lovelace, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio

2012
A Retrospective Exhibition of the Art of Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio

2011
Living for the City, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009
Between the Cracks, Spaces 237 Gallery, Toledo, Ohio

2006
Erotic Drawings, Lindsay Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Kibibi’s Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2005
Exotic Drawings and Prints of Michelangelo Lovelace, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2004
The Reverend & Michelangelo, Headfooters Outsider Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

2003
Urban Landscape, Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio

2002
Artist of the Month, Gallery Hessam, Cleveland, Ohio

2001
Urban Paths, Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Bolton Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2000
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

1999
Growing Up in the Hood, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Humphrey Atrium Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio

1998
City Life, The Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio

1997
Growing up in the Hood, Progressive Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Mayfield Village, Ohio
F.A.V.A. Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio

1995
The Colonial Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Jazz Exhibition, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

1994
Growing up in the Hood, Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio

1993
You Have the Right to Remain Silent, The Black Box Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Café Africa, Cleveland, Ohio

1991
Afrocentric Expression, Ujima Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, California

2018
CAN Triennial ‘18, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio

2016
Fandom 216, Three-Venue Exhibition: Waterloo Arts, Hedge Gallery, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2015
How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
The First 100+ Days, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

2014
Heritage Through Visual Rhythms: National Juried Art Exhibition, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Black, Wilberforce, Ohio

2011
Intuitive Visions, Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2010
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2009
Each in Their Own Voice, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2008
SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2007
Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Chicago Outsider Art Fair Lindsay Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2005
Visual Tales: Art by Michelangelo Lovelace, Gail Newman and Paul W. Patton, The Cleveland Artist Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2004
Outsider Art Fair, Keny Galleries Booth, New York, New York

2003
43rd Biennial Hallinan-Ursuline Religious Art Group Show, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio
Distinct Voices: Four Cleveland Artists Group Exhibition, Headfooters Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2002
48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

2001
Cleveland Biennial, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2000
2nd Annual National Arts Program, The Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood, Ohio
Life in the City, The Beck Center for the Arts/ The Cleveland Arts Foundation, Lakewood, Ohio

1999
48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
M. G. Slimes, Lakewood, Ohio
63rd Annual Mid-Year Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

1998
An American Regionalism in The 21st Century, William Bust Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

1997
N.B.A. All Star Weekend, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

1996
Tension: Three Artists Respond, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio

1995
Cleveland Artist Rock: A wop a look bop, a wop boom, Cleveland, Ohio
Martin Luther King Library, Cleveland, Ohio

1994
Ethnic Expression Art Show, Lakeland Community College, Lakeland, Ohio

1993
In Plain View: Three Artist Exhibition, The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Artist of Color Surmounting Fences and Artworld Censorship, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

1990
Art Bash, The Hodge School Artist Complex, Cleveland, Ohio

1989
Summer Festival, Cedar Estate August, Cleveland, Ohio

1988
The Artist Focus “88”: A Designated Bicentennial Event, Chapter of Link, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Just Stop and Listen, Lima, Ohio

1987
Summer Festival, Fairfax Recreation Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Festival, Carver Park Estate, Cleveland, Ohio

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND GRANTS

2015
Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist

2005
Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2003
Creative Workforce Fellowship Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist

2002
Rozelle Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

2000
Linden School, Elyria, Ohio
Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Oberlin, Ohio
Y-Haven Two Program Painting Class, Carl B. Stokes Building, Cleveland, Ohio
2nd Place Award, 2nd Annual National Arts Program Exhibit and Contest for City of Cleveland

1999
Cleveland School of Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting

1997
Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, Colombus, Ohio
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
Progressive Insurance Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York, New York
The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
McEvoy Foundation, San Francisco, California
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021
Sandomir, Richard. "Michelangelo Lovelace, Artist of Street Life in Cleveland, Dies at 60", The New York Times, May 07.
Selvin, Claire. "Michelangelo Lovelace, Compassionate Painter of Cleveland’s Community, Has Died at 60", ARTnews, April 28.
"Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a New Deitch-Gagosian Collaboration to a Look at the US Presidency", Artnews, January 18. 
Gerber, ​Jacqueline. "MLK Day Program "Becoming a Beloved Community" Presented at CMA", Idea Stream, January 15. 

2020
Lopez, ​Dessane. "2020: A year in New York Exhibitions and More", Hyperallergic, December 30.
"Michelangelo Lovelace FORT GANSEVOORT", ARTFORUM, October/November 2020.
Brara, ​Noor. "Twenty Years Ago, This Artist Began Making Stirring Portraits of Black Nursing Home Patients. Today, His Work Is More Relevant Than Ever", Artnet, July 1.
Gale, ​Sammi. "‘Dignity in eye-to-eye exchanges’ — Michelangelo Lovelace’s Nightshift", WhyNow, June 30. 
Desmole, Lola. "Simone Leigh, Michelangelo Lovelace, and More Must-See Shows", Whitewall, June 25.
Anania, ​ Billy. "Tender Pencil and Ink Drawings Pay Tribute to Nursing Home Residents", Hyperallergic, June 09. 
Fujishima, ​Kenji. "Michelangelo Lovelace Finds Dignity and Grace in These Fraught Times", Fine Art Globe, June 04.
Clavarino, ​Elena. "Michelangelo Lovelace: Nightshift", AIR Mail, June 01. 
BEDARD, ​MATTHEW. "MICHELANGELO LOVELACE'S "NIGHTSHIFT" VIA FORT GANSEVOORT", Flaunt, May 28.
"Intimate Drawings of Nursing Home Residents Are More Poignant Than Ever", ARTnews, May 25.
"‘Michelangelo Lovelace. Nightshift’ coming to the Online Viewing Room at Fort Gansevoort", Gotham ToGo, May 21.

2019
Segall, Grant. “Arts Booster Fred Bidwell create museum, festival and more: My Cleveland”, Cleveland.com, October 31.
Izrael, Jimi. “Michelangelo Lovelace: True Story” CAN Journal, Fall 2019.James Knowles, Dennis.
“Meet Michelangelo Lovelace”, ideastream, September 3.
Armstrong, Annie. “Here’s the Exhibitor List Expo Chicago 2019”, ARTnews, June 3.
“Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary” at California African American Museum”, Blouin Artinfo, March 26.
Neuendorf, Henri. “Here Are the 150 Artists Making Billboards for Every US State as Part of Hank Willis Thomas’s Midterm Election Project”, Artnet news, October 9.

2018
“Art Inspired by This Season’s Books: What happens on Page 76 in five new titles, as envisioned by the artist Michelangelo Lovelace”, T: The New York Style Magazine, September 26.
K. Scott, Andrea. “Goings on About Town”, The New Yorker, June 18.
Steinhauer, Jillian. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”, The New York Times, May 31.
Marchini, Gloria. “Michelangelo Lovelace”, Outsider Art Now, May 3.
Dawn Graves, Cassidy. "Feminine Power, Queer Nightlife, and More Art This Week", Bedford and Bowery, April 30.
Halle, Howard. "The top five New York art shows this week", Time Out New York, April 30.

2017
PBS. “Artist Michelangelo Lovelace, Community Gardening”.
Zip Code: The Hidden Vital Sign, “Artist Michelangelo Lovelace”.
Chambers, Angela. “’Art of Dissent’ Reflects Dissatisfaction With The Status Quo”, Wish Cleveland, September 7.

2016
Steinhauer, Jillian. “The Cleveland Artists Waiting For Donald Trump”, The Guardian, July 16.
Utter, Douglas Max. “In Cleveland, Two Artists Picture the Ugly Realities of American Politics”, Hyperallergic, July 26.
Oprea, Mark. “Michelangelo Lovelace Paints a True Picture of America in a New Exhibit”, Cleveland Magazine, July 15

2015
Collins, Elena Harvey. “Michelangelo Lovelace: Meet Me at the Crossroads”, MOCA Cleveland.
Haynes, Ebony L. “Looking Back from the Future at Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.”, MOCA Cleveland.
Usmani, Josh. “Michelangelo Lovelace Discusses Community, Art at Happy Dog Tonight”, Clevescene, July 9.

2013
Chilcote, Lee. “Creative Workforce Grants Support Artists While Transforming.
‘Rust Belt’ Into ‘Artist Belt’”, FreshWater, January 10.

2007
Millner, Gloria. “An Editorial: What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, Cleveland.com, September 17.
“The Art World’s Weekly Roundup”, New York Social Diary, September 18.

2001
Fox Channel 8, “Artist of the Week”.

2000
Fox Channel 8, “My Life’s Work: Featured Story of the Day”.

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