One Person Exhibitions

2014

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Rockford University, Rockford, IL
2012
Kindred: Sculpture & Process Drawings, Elmhurst Art MuseumElmhurst, IL
Lehman College, Bronx, NY
2010
Sculpture and Process Drawings, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009
Westchester Community College, Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Hope College, Holland, MI
2007
Works on Paper, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006
As Beautiful As, ATM gallery, New York, NY 
2005 
Monsters and Immortals, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 
The Artist's Studio, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
Paintings, Sculpture and Drawing, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
2002 
The Artist’s Studio, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Preparatory Graphics, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
The Ongoing Narrative, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
2001
Heads, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Work, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
1999
Portraits, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997
New Work, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
 
Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
NYFA Hall of Fame Gala 2016, Pop-up Exhibition, 583 Park Avenue, NY, NY
Face To Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr.,
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL
Changes: New Identities, Ideologies and Technologies, NYFA - McKinsey & Company, NY, NY
2015
Triacontagon: A celebration of 30 Years of the NYFA Artists’ Fellowship Program, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
Face To Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
2014
Woodpeckers, Glike Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Portraits, Expanded, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT 
Face to Face, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Bronx Speaks: No Boundries, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2013 
Eye to I...3,000 Years of Portraits, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Face To Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Context - Miami, Packer Schopf Gallery, Miami, FL
2012
An Exhibition of YoungArts Alumni, Northern Trust Gallery, Chicago, IL
Anonymous: The Contemporary Portrait, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Core 77: Five Boroughs-Five Designers, New York, NY
Linked, Purdue University Art Gallery, West Lafayette, IN
Home Is Where the Bronx Is, Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos College, Bronx, NY
Form Follows Figure, Northeastern Illinois University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011
In The House, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL  
Hand Space/Mind Space, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Indiana Univ. Northwest, Gary, IN
Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art, Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb, IL
The Uncommon Portrait, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH
2010 
Pulse Fair, Packer Schopf Gallery-Chicago, Miami, FL
stAGES of Transition, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL
Beat 2 the X, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Cover Stories: The Art of the Book Jacket, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Figure Five Ways, Skidmore College, Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
REAL(ists), Ringling College of Art and Design, Selby Galleries, Sarasota, FL
2009
Anthem: an all-american dystopia, Longwood Gallery, Hostos College, Bronx, NY
The Poetic Dialogue Project, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
The Poetic Dialogue Project, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
The Poetic Dialogue Project, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
Coming Attractions, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008
2008 Collector's Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR 
Aqua Art Fair, Miami FL, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007
Sosabeol International Art Expo, GyeongGi-do, Korea
The Besser Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program 40th Anniversary, Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM
Figure This, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Bridge Art Fair 2007, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006
2006 Collector's Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR 
NADA Art Fair, ATM gallery, Miami, FL
Bridge Art Fair 06, Aron Packer Gallery, Miami, FL
Drawing Discoveries, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Tomorrow's Drawing Today, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
ATM Art Fair, Painting Group Show, ATM Gallery, New York, NY
Inner Limits, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
Shot in the Arm, Northern Illinois University, NIU Museum, Dekalb, IL
2005
Art Chicago, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Face Paint” a portrait show, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, New York, NY
Reconfigure, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Out of the Ordinary: The Collection of John Beck, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2004
Queens International, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
Frisbee Art Fair, Aron Packer Gallery, Miami, FL
Irrational Exuberance, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Only Human, Van Brunt Gallery, New York, NY
Recognize, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum - Rend Lake, IL
All About Drawing, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2003
Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum - Springfield, IL
Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum - Lockport, IL
About Face: Contemporary Portraits, University of Southern Indiana, New Harmony, IN
Transition, Indiana University-Northwest, Gary, IN
2002
Not of Iron, Illinois State Museum - Chicago, IL
SOFA fair, Aron Packer Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Ferris, A Family of Artists, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1st LUC Print Biennial, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
2001 
Skin Deep, The Islip Museum of Art, Islip, NY
Snow Globes Invitational, Lyonswier Gallery, Chicago, IL
Americas 2000, Minot State University, Minot, ND
Narrative Sampler, Lyonswier Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 
Area 2000, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Small Works 23rd National, Harper College, Palatine, IL
Mirror on the Millennium: Self-Portraits, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
6th Great Plains National, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Peck Arts Center National, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY
Gallery Artists, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Plain Art 2000, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
1999 
Vicinity 1999, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
18th Annual Hoyt National, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
ANA 28, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
The 49th Annual Quad-State Art Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL 
1998 
Small Packages, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sculptural Narrative, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
 
Grants / Awards

2013   Saltonstall Residency, Ithaca, NY
2012   Arts-in-Education Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY
           Arts Fund Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts/ DCA, Bronx, NY
           SPARC Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts/ DCA, Bronx, NY 
2011   Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY
           BRIO Grant in Sculptiure, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY
2009   New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Fellowship in Sculpture/Craft, NYC
           BRIO Grant in Sculpture, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY
2005   George Sugarman Foundation Grant, Novato, CA
2004   Henry Street Settlement Artist-in-Residence Program, NYC
2003   Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NYC
2002   Roswell Artist-in-Residence, Roswell Museum Foundation, Roswell, NM
           Emerging Artist Grant, American Craft Council, NYC 
1999   Illinois Arts Council Fellowship 
           Vicinity 1999, NCAC, St. Charles, IL
1997   CAAP Grant, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
1991   Peter T. Bowen Drawing Competition Award, KCAI 
1988   Liquitex Product Scholarship Award 
1987   Kansas City Art Institute Full Tuition Scholarship
           YoungArts, National Foundation for the Advancements in the Arts, Miami, FL
           Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Washington D.C.
 
Teaching and Other Professional Activities

2012-16  College Now, University Heights High School, Bronx New York (Drawing Instructor)
2012-16  JASA Van Courtland Senior Center, Bronx, NY (Painting Instructor)
2012-16  Artists' Advisory Committee, New York Foundation for the Arts.(NYFA), NYC
2011-16  Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy, Bronx, NY (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture
                and Ceramics Insturctor)
2016 Panelist, Fiscal Sponsorship Panel- April, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts,NYC
2015 Panelist, Fiscal Sponsorship Panel- Oct, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC
         Panelist, Fiscal Sponsorship Panel- April, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts,NYC
         Panelist, Fiscal Sponsorship Panel - Jan, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts,NYC
2014 Artist Lecture, Rockford University, Rockford, IL
         Panel Process Observer, Drawing, Printmaking and Bookmaking Panel, NYFA New  
                 York Foundation for the Arts, NYC       
2013  Artist Lecture, New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY
          Artist Lecture, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
          Panel Process Observer, Photography, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC
          Panelist, Emergency Relief Fund- March, NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts,
                   NYC
2012-13  Mindbuilders Creative Arts Center, Bronx, NY (Multiple Session art workshops  
                    funded by the Bronx Council on the Arts)                                  
2012 Panelist, NYFA Emergency Relief Fund – Dec,  New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC
         Artist Lecture, 1040 Lounge Art Lecture Series, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY 
         Artist Lecture, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
         Visiting Artist, Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, Bronx, NY
         Drawing Demo, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
         Artist Lecture, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
         Drawing Demo, Northeastern University, Chicago, IL
         Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, Bronx, NY (drawing Workshop)
2011 Visiting Artist, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
         Panelist, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Sculpture Fellowships, NYC
         Panelist, Residencies, Columbia University, NYC
         Drawing Demo, Westchester Comm. College-Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY
2010 Panelist, Individual Artist Grants, Ohio State Council for the Arts, Columbus, OH 
          Visiting Artist, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 
          Visiting Artist, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
          Artist Lecture & Drawing Demo, Waubonsee Comm. College, Sugar Grove, IL
          Artist Lecture, Live Skype Talk, Wexner Center for The Arts, Columbus, OH
          Artist Lecture, Westchester Comm. College-Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY
2009-10  WCC SUNY, Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY (taught painting, drawing, 
                      sculpture)
2009  Visiting Artist, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
          Visiting Artist, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
          Visiting Artist, Hope College, Holland, MI
          Artist Lecture, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
2008  Visiting Artist, South Carolina University, Columbia, SC
          Panelist, Ohio State Expo, Ohio State Council for the Arts, Columbus, OH
2006  Artist Lecture, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
          Artist Lecture, Hunter College, New York, NY
          Panelist, CUNY Research Awards, New York, NY
2005  Artist Lecture, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
          Artist Lecture, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL
2004  Visiting Artist, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
          Visiting Artist, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
          Artist Lecture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
          Visiting Artist, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
2001  Visiting Artist, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
          Artist Lecture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2000-01  Visiting Assistant Prof., Illinois State University, Normal, IL (taught drawing, & 
                       painting)
1997-00  Visiting Assistant Prof., Northern Illinois University, Dekalb,IL (taught drawing, 
                       painting)
1997  Visiting Artist, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
          Visiting Artist, Centre College, Danville, KY
          Artist Lecture, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
1996-97  Freelance Artist, Marketing Store Worldwide, Chicago, IL
1996       Chicago Academy for the Arts, summer program, (taught drawing workshop)
1994-96  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (taught basic drawing)
 
Bibliography

The Figure, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Rizzoli, 2014
Face to Face, Catalog, Yellowstone Museum of Art, 2014
Voynovskaya, Nastia, Michael Ferris Jr's Reclaimed Wood Sculptures, Hi Fructose Magazine online, August, 2013
Hey! Magazine, Modern Art & Pop Culture, Paris, France, 2013
Hodara, Susan, Seeing and Being Seen, Across Millenniums, A Review of 'Eye to I...3,000 Years of Portraits,' at the Katonah Museum, New York Times, Nov, 15 2013
Eye to I...3,000 Years of Portraits, Catalog, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Face To Face, Catalog, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2013 
Ise, Claudine, "The adventurously atypical Elmhurst Art Museum", The Chicago Tribune, August 8, 2012
Samuels, Tanyanika, "That Heady Feeling", The New York Daily News, Feb 17 2012
BronxNet Community Television interview, Open 2.0, March, 2012
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Creo Magazine, Salvaged Narratives, Fall, 2009
Ruble, Casey. Review for Kelli Williams at Leo Koenig Gallery, Art in America, October 2007
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Weinberg, Lauren. “Monsters and Immortals”, Time Out Chicago, Chicago, IL, Nov 10-17,2005
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Pritsker, Ellen. “Art Turns the Ferris Wheel”, Pioneer Press, Evanston, IL, Nov 28, 2002
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Kansas City, MO, May 2001 
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Calhoon, Sharon L. "Still Saying WOW; Larger than Life Talent" Nuvo Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN, April 18-25, 1996 
 
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