Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Michael Waugh

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: New York
MacDowell fellowships: 2014, 2017

Michael Waugh holds masters degrees in painting and also in writing – and an undergraduate degree in history. These three, distinct disciplines come together in his work – in narratives that play out across laboriously rendered drawings and performance-based projects. Throughout his practice, Waugh makes metaphorical connections between topics – between the privatization of social security with dog breeding, for example. However, these metaphors exist on the surface, covering a deeper, nearly 19th century exploration of melancholy and production of culture. His work has been exhibited at Winkleman Gallery (NY), Schroeder Romero Gallery (NY), Ronald Feldman Gallery (NY), Diverse Works (Houston), El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), the Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock), The University of Connecticut (Storrs), and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), among others. His work has been recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; and he has received residencies from The Marie Walsh Sharp Space Program, the Vermont Studio Center, and MacDowell. In addition to his studio practice, he has worked as a curator, arts administrator, and served on the advisory boards of the Williamsburg Gallery Association and the New Art Dealers Alliance. He is currently on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design in the division of Literary Arts and Studies. He is currently working on a public school project through the New York City Percent for Art program.


Eastman (formerly Shop)

Michael Waugh worked in the Eastman (formerly Shop) studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, a century-old farm building has been reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built to provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for studio use in the mid-1950s with the…

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