Michael Ferris (b. 1969, Chicago, United States) lives and works in Bronx, NY. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1991 and a M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 1996. He has attended residencies at RAIR, Roswell Artists-in-Residence, Roswell NM; - Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; - Henry Street Settlement, NYC; - Saltonstall Residency, Ithaca, NY; - and The Walsh-Walentas Space Program, NYC.
He produces figurative sculpture with a colorful surface ornament of inlaid patterns by employing reclaimed wood and a self-invented wood overlay technique. His work is informed by his own Lebanese heritage, especially Middle-Eastern inlaid backgammon tables that were present in his childhood home in Chicago.
Through his sculpture, made from reclaimed wood, Michael addresses the issues of environmentalism and waste of our consumerism-oriented society. His desire is to transform previously discarded material into ornate, beautiful and penetrating works of art.
Ferris has lectured at many institutions including: The Elmhurst Art Museum, IL: - Lehman College, Bronx, NY; - The New York Academy of Art, New York, NY ; - and The New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY. Michael has also served on the Artists’ Advisory Committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC.
His work has been exhibited widely throughout the nation at notable institutions including: The Elmhurst Art Museum, IL, The Bronx Museum, NY; - The Queens Museum of Art, NY; ATM Gallery, New York, NY; - Katonah Art Museum, NY; - Stefen Stux Gallery, New York, NY; - de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; - and The Illinois State Museums, IL.
Michael has received awards from numerous organizations including: The New York Foundation for the Arts (2009), The George Sugarman Foundation (2005), The American Craft Council (2002).
Ferris’ work can be found in public collections, such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; - Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL; - and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR.
His exhibitions have received reviews from: The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune. His work is included in the recent book, “The Figure, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture”, published by Rizzoli International.