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Michael Mapes

1966 - painted first documented portrait (family) on non-archival paper

1969 - first family vacation - watching jets take off and land at St. Louis airport

1979 - decided not to attend Rhode Island School of Design

1984 - BFA from the University of Illinois

1984 to 1986 - worked in the Chicago design firm Mobium with Ralph Eckerstrom, former design director for Container Corporation and founder of Unimark International

1986 to 1989 - worked in the NYC design firm Bonnell Design Associates with such clients as Knoll, Herman Miller, Michael Graves Architect, Williwear Willi Smith

1989 to 1990 - contemplated in Boston, Chapel Hill and then Urbana, IL

1990 - formed the product development company MINC, created and produced products for direct mail, retail and museum stores. sold several hundred thousand shirts and enjoyed the rewards of a profitable, small, creative based business while it lasted

1991-1992 - MFA from the University of Illinois, chose not to pursue a career in teaching

2003 - produced a series of five minute talk shows called The Corn Mo Show featuring Corn Mo, a NYC club darling, as whimsical host to a variety of national performers.

2005 - returned to art

2008 - 2009
solo exhibits
Richland College, Decatur, IL
FlexSpace, Urbana, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

2010 - sold house and moved (not necessarily related to exhibits), lived in various places before moving to Croton Falls, NY

exhibits -
Terrible Twos - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Outsiders & Objects - Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

exhibits and art fairs-
We Find Our Way- Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Scope, Miami, FL

exhibits and art fairs-

solo show
Schoolhouse Gallery, North Salem, NY
group shows
Victorious, NYC
Raw Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Scope, NYC
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

group exhibits -
“Face to Face, Wall to Wall” Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Ampelhaus, Berlin, Germany
"Cut-Copy-Paste" Beer's Contemporary, London, UK
"Revisiting the Golden Age" Pulchri Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands