VISITING ARTIST: MICHAEL DIXON
WAG (Watkins Art Gallery) / 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. June 25th
Michael Dixon is an artist working primarily with oil paint. He was born in San Diego, California, and received his MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and BFA from Arizona State University. Dixon is currently a professor of art at Albion College and is represented by the David Richard Gallery in New York. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant, Blanchard Fellowship, and Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award. Dixon has received numerous artist residencies from such places as the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Yaddo, and the Joan Mitchell Center. His work is included in the private collections of artist Nick Cave, the Benson Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
Dixon’s work explores the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both “white” and “black” racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. The works of artists such as Robert Colescott, Beverly McIver, Michael Ray Charles, Glenn Ligon, and Kerry James Marshall have informed his work.