Michael Velliquette is a mixed media artist, most known for his works with cut, painted paper. His work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary — one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism, and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade, with a visual lexicon he has developed over the past two decades. This vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as hands, eyes, flowers, planets, mandalas and goofy, smiley faces.
Color plays a powerful role in his work and acts to convey a sense of optical fullness or visual generosity in the viewer. The labor-intensive nature of his practice correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness. For Velliquette, the labor of art making deals with being in the moment in a nonjudgmental state. His choice to work with paper is a conscious one to utilize an everyday material and to open a view into imagined worlds.
Michael received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a BFA from Florida State University. His work has been shown in solo shows at the David Shelton Gallery, Houston, and DCKT Contemporary New York. He currently resides in Madison, WI where he is a Faculty Associate for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department.
b. 1971, Sandusky, OH
Lives and works in Madison, WI
SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
What We Are Looking For is What is Looking; Mount Mary University; Milwaukee, WI
Everything is a Miracle; ArtStart; Rhinelander, WI
Power Forms; Goodman Community Center; Madison, WI
Paper Power; Bascom Hall; University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Desire for Being; AEIVA, University of Alabama; Birmingham, AL
Serpent Worship; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Chromatopia; Image Lab, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery; Madison, WI
Their Arising and Passing Away; DCKT Contemporary; New York, NY
Into the Great Wide Awesome; Museum of Wisconsin Art; West Bend, WI
Power Seeker; Paper Discovery Center; Appleton, WI
Power Seeker; Georgia Southern University; Statesboro, GA
Power Structure II; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Madison, WI
Distant Revival; Vestibule Project Space, Disjecta; Portland, OR
Cosmic Bodies; Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College; Memphis, TN
In Space and Other Places; Morgan Lehman Gallery; New York, NY
Power Structure; EURCA+2012; Kassel, Germany
One From Many from One; Caestecker Art Gallery, Ripon College Gallery; Ripon WI
Split Janus; David Shelton Gallery; San Antonio, TX
Chromatopia; Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin; Green Bay, WI
Awaken and Free What has Been Asleep; DCKT Contemporary; New York, NY
Inner Beasts; John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Sheboygan, WI
Abundant Creatures; DCKT Contemporary; New York, NY
James Watrous Gallery; The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; Madison, WI
Deux Ex Machina; Madison Public Library Central Branch; Madison, WI
Exotica; La Montagne Gallery; Boston, MA
Solo Project; Next Art Fair; Chicago, IL
Unconscious Lairs: Selected Cut Paper Works; Edenfred; Madison, WI
The Intuitive Jungle; DCKT Contemporary; New York, NY
New Paper Works; Conduit Gallery; Dallas, TX
The Still Lives of Saints; Ratio 3; San Francisco, CA
The Dark Matters and the Lingering Lightness; Conduit Gallery; Dallas, TX
Always Look Up; The Suburban; Oak Park, IL
The You in the I, curated by Larry Rinder; Artpace; San Antonio, TX
The Depth of the Drop; Blue Star Art Space; San Antonio, TX
SerpentiForm; Bulgari; Singapore
Surreal...So Real; Tory Folliard Gallery; Milwaukee, WI
Super Natural; (Commissioned work) John Michael Kohler Art Center; Sheboygan, WI
Serpentiform; Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi; Rome, Italy
Wallflowers; Tory folliard Gallery; Milwaukee, WI
Memoria Viventis; Gallery Marzen; Madison, WI
CHOPSHOP #4:Rabbits; organized by Derrick Buisch, Zine Exhibition; Madison, WI
New American Paintings; Elmhurst Art Museum; Elmhurst, IL
Hoarding, Amassing, and Excess; NIU Art Museum; Dekalb, IL
Temple; Senorium Gallery; Milwaukee, WI
Readings from the Rigel-10 Tarot, with Quan Barry; Madison, WI
Curiosities and Things of Wonder; Carthage Collage; Kenosha, WI
Sum and Substance; Madison College Art Gallery; Madison, WI
Co/exist: New Sensibilities; Milwaukee Institue of Art and Design; WI
Stacked; Madison Central Public Library; Madison, WI
Cut, Fold, Shred; Center for Florida Craftsmen; St. Petersburg, FL
Dirty Fingers; F.L.A. Gallery; Gainesville, FL/ CInders Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Color; Tory Folliard Gallery; Milwaukee, WI
Loose Strife, with Quan Barry; Edgewood College; Madison, WI
To Become Day, with Joey Fauerso; Willa Terrace Museum; Milwaukee, WI
Prelude; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Animal Nature; Racine Art Museum; Racine, WI
Forward: Wisconsin Art Now; Charles Allis Museum; Milwaukee, WI
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original Jokes About the Suburban and the Poor Farm by Artists Who Have Exhibited There; Yale University, School of Art; New Haven, CT
Attention to Detail; Visual Arts Center, San Antonio College; San Antonio, TX
Time (Immaterial); Gallery 1308, Union South, University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
By Permit Only; Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; San Antonio, TX
Collage; Kinzelman Art Consulting/David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Crossroads; Haggerty Museum of Art; Milwaukee, WI
Paperwork in 3-D; Shelburne Museum; Shelburne, VT
Pushing Paper; O'Connor Art Gallery, Dominican Universtiy; River Forest, IL
Loose Strife; Edgewood College VIsual Arts Center; Madison, WI
To Become Day; Villa Terrace Museum; Milwaukee, WI
Psychedelic: Optical Art Since the 1960's; San Antonio Museum of Art; San Antonio, TX
Exotic Matter; David Shelton Gallery; San Antonio, TX
Cache, curated by Arts Industry; Madison, WI
Slash: Paper Under the Knife; Museum of Art and Design; New York City, NY
All I Never Wanted; KK Outley; London, UK
Multiples; David Shelton Gallery; San Antonio, TX
The Garden at 4AM, curated by Paul Laster and Renée Ricardo; Gana Art; New York, NY
One Hundred Beasts; Giant Robot Gallery; San Francisco, CA
Troglodytes See Better in the Dark; David Castillo Gallery; Miami, FL
Summer Group; DNA Gallery; Provincetown, MA
3 Landscapes in the Modern Style; Western Exhibitions; Chicago, IL
Binocular Rivalry; Sala Diaz; San Antonio, TX
Renaissance, curated by Blair Voltz Clarke; Ferragamo Gallery; New York, NY
Ornament; Bravin Lee Programs; New York, NY
Selections from the Texas Biennial; Blue Star Art Space; San Antonio, TX
Millay Group; Columbia County Arts Commission; Hudson, NY
Texas Biennial; multiple sites; Austin, TX
Paperwork, curated by Catherine Walworth; Unit B Gallery; San Antonio, TX
Beast; Finesilver Gallery; Houston, TX
Project Space; Michael Martin Galleries; San Francisco, CA
Wild and Bushy; Volitant Gallery; Austin, TX
New American Talent 21, curated by Aimee Chang; Arthouse; Austin, TX
Boys and Flowers; Western Bridge; Seattle, WA
With us against reality or against us!, curated Ida Ekblad & Anders Nordby; Galerie S.E.; Bergen, Norway
Amarillo Biennial 600, curated by James Elaine; Amarillo Museum of Art; Amarillo, TX
We Are Electric, curated by Chris Perez; Deitch Projects; New York, NY
Drawing in San Antonio; Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum; San Antonio, TX
GRANTS AND HONORS
EUARCA+2012, grant recipient, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison, WI
Grand Prize recipient, Forward: WIsconsin Art Now, Allis Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship
Wisonsin Percent for Art Mentorship Program Participant
Madison Arts Commission Grant
Dane County CUltural Affairs Commission Grant
Pleasant T. Rowland Fellowship
Bay and Paul Foundations Fellow
Dozier Travel Grant Recipient, Dallas Museum of Art
Travel Grant Recipient, ArtPace, A Foundation for Contemporary Art
EUARCA+2012, Kassel, Germany
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Serie Project, Coronado Studios, Austin, TX
John Michael Kohler Arts Industry Residency
SÍM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York
Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program, Artpace, San Antonio
ARTIST LECTURES AND PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Museum of Wisconsic Art, West Bend, WI
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GO
Eco-Salon, hosted by Sustain Dane, Madison, WI
Guild of American Papercutters Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO
Maharishi University, Fairfield, IA
Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Universtiy of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
Shelburne Museum of Art, Shelburne, VT
Texas State University Art Department, San Marcos, TX
Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emerging Artist Lecture Series, Beloit College
Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Artists Looking at Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
UT Dallas Southside on Lamar, Artist Residency Lecture Series
Professional Development Seminar, Department of Art and Art History, UTSA
DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY
David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
Tory FOlliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Wisconsin Art
Racine Art Museum
Landkreis Kassel Collection
Art Museum of South Texas
Children's Hospital Boston, MA
John Michael Kohler Art Center
The Progressive Collection
First Western Trust Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Grand Hyatt Hotels Collection, San Antonio
Bexar County Courthouse, San Antonio, TX
Linda Pace Foundation
Madison Public Library Collection, Madison, WI
Peak Six Investments, Chicago, IL
Ripon College Collection, Ripon, WI
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
State of Wisconsin Collection, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Art Collection, Green Bay, WI
Universtiy Health Systems, San Antonio, TX
Western Bridge, Seattle
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2000 MFA, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
1999 MA, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
1993 BFA, The Florida State University, Tallahassee
2009 - Present
Faculty Associate and Gallery Coordinator, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2008 - Present
Lecturer in College Transfer Art, Madison Area Technical College
2007 - 2008
Lecturer in Foundations and Pre-College Program, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Visiting Faculty in Studio Art, Department of Visual Art, University of Chicago
2005 - 2008
Lecturer in Studio Art and Foundations, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004 - 2006
Adjunct Faculty in Foundations, Visual Arts Department, San Antonio College
Adjunct Faculty in Foundations, Art Department, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
2004 - 2005
Adjunct Professor, Visual Arts, Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX
2003 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts, St. Philips College, San Antonio, TX
MONOGRAPHS, PUBLICATIONS AND CATALOGS
To Become Day: Joey Fauerso & Michael Velliquette, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, with essay by Kory Rogers
Studies for New Monuments: Michael Velliquette with essay by Evan J. Garza
Michael Velliquette: Lairs of the Unconscious, San Antonio: Devibook
Live at KEXP Volume 5 CD Booklet Art, Produced by KEXP 90.3 FM, Seattle
Pájaros del Arcoiris/ Rainbow Birds, A Collective Coloring Book for the Children of Tijuana, Published by Foi Jimenez Jurado & Charles Glaubitz
BEAST II, Jacob Covey, Ed. Fantagraphics, Seattle, WA
Bad At Sports: Contemporary Art Talk, Ep. 429 Michael Welliquette and Oliver Warden, November 18, 2013
Hon-Porretta, Souris, Ed. Outside the Lines: An Artist's Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, Periee Trade, 2013
Coloring Paper, Milwaukee Magazine, Events, Best Bets, July 2013:p. 126
el Poole, Jaap. "Abundant Michael Velliquette" COlor Objects, July 14, 2013
Jones, Laura. "Hidden Talent: promising visual artists work under the radar in Madison" Isthmus Vol. 38, no. 26, June 28, 2013;p. 11
“Deco News: Lo Nuevo” Mía Magazine, Beunos Aires, Argentina, July 2012: p.36.
“Abschlussveranstaltung des European Art Camps: Kraft der starken Farben” HNA Kassel, July 19 2012.
Roberts, Lee B. “Exhibits at RAM, Wustum feature animals in a wide variety of media”
The Journal Times.com July 19 2012.
Sommerlade, Martina. “Ein bisschen wie dee documenta” HNA Kassel July 7 2012.
“Künstler treffen sich beim European Art Camp” nh24.de July 7 2012.
Dunigan, Peggy Sue. “Racine Art Museum Explores Animal Connection” Express Milwaukee.com, June 6 2012.
Kushins, Jordan. “An Artist All Grown Up Who Sticks To Paper Glue, And Scissors: Michael
Velliquette Uses Kindergarten Tools to Create These Sprawlng Collages” Co.Design May 7, 2012.
Zimmer, Lori. “Michael Velliquette Transforms Paper into Colorful Textured Sculptures” Inhabit Magazine April 10 2012
Dessanay, Margherita. “One From Many From One Exhibition” Frame Publishers April 04 2012.
Garza, Evan J. “The Architecture of Totemic Orphism(or Brief notes on the Monuments of Michael Velliquette)” Studies for New Monuments, DCKT Contemporary, New York, 2012
Worland, Gayle. “Madison Artist selected for elite contemporary art festival in Europe” Wisconsin State Journal Mar 29 2012
Jacobson, Brian. “Review: ‘Forward 2012’ juried art show at Charles Allis” TCD Arts and Culture Mar 12, 2012.
Stunz, Pat. “The Fantasy Beasts of Michael Velliquette” First Cut Vol. 27 No. 1 Winter 2012: pp.14-15.
Opazo, Camila. “The Role: A Great Invention” Artishock: Revista de Arte Contemporaneo Jan 29, 2012.
Superstition Review: The Online Literary Magazine of Arizone State University
Art Issue 8 Fall 2011.
Fisz Emade, An Animal with No Legs CD Booklet Art, Let’s Play Music Management, Warszawa, Poland 2011.
Vaughn, Katie. “Time is of the Essence” Madison Magazine: Liberal Arts Nov 21 2011.
Spencer, Alice Dana. “Cutting Deep” HANDEYE Magazine Sept 29 2011.
Paukner, Michaela. “Chromatopia dazzles Lawton Gallery” Fourth Estate Sept 28 2011
Art New England: Contemporary Art and Culture July/August 2011: p.50.
Lark Crafts, Ed. Push Paper. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2011: pp. 66-71.
Spencer, Alice Dana. “Paperwork in 3D” HANDEYE Magazine Aug 11 2011.
Polston, Pamela. “On the Paper Trail. Art Review: ‘Paperwork in 3D at Shelburne Museum” Seven Days Aug 10 2011
Tekin, Sumru. “Paperwork in 3D at The Shelburne Museum” Art Map Burlington July 2011.
Sliva, Elda. “Sticking Points” San Antonio Express-News 21 July 2011.
Slanted, Ed. FRESH Cutting Edge Illustrations Boxed Set: FRESH 1-OBJECT. Karslruhe, Germany: Magma Brand Design, 2011: pp. 108,111-112.
Hu, Mior. “Dream Big” Surface Magazine: China Issue May 2011: p.154-157.
“Seeker” Art Map Burlington, cover image, V.6-N.5, May 2011
Lavapie, James. “Michael Velliquette’s Cut and Paste Masterpieces” Corduroy Issue VIII, June 2011.
Murrell, Kat. “Coming and Going: Art at the ‘Crossroads’” Third Coast Digest 22 June 2011.
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Haggerty to take ‘Crossroads’ exhibition into communtiy” JSOnline 12 June 2011.
Laster, Paul. “Michael Velliquette, Awaken and Free What Has Been Asleep : Magical is more than just an adjective in this show” Time Out New York 27 Apr. 2011.
Miranda, Carolina A. “The Week: Must-See Arts in the City” WNYC Culture 31 Mar. 2011.
Catalog,Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Sonce the 1960's,edited by David S. Rubin, MIT Press, 2010
Featured artist profile, Mandala Spirit, etapes: Design et Culture Vieuelle, February, 2010
Art Review, Slash: Paper Under the Knife, by Jane Harris, Time Out New York, Issue 746: Jan 14 - 20, 2010
The Approval Matrix, New York Magazine, week of January 18, 2010
Joy vs. Darkness, review, Jennifer A. Smith, ISTHMUS, Jan. 1, 2010, Vol. 35, No. 1
Art Review, Move Over, Humble Doily: Paper Does a Star Turn, by Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, October 19, 2009
The Opulent Exuberance of Internal Shadows: Artist Interview with Michael Velliquette, by Richie Budd, Fort Worth Contemporary Art Examiner, online journal, December, 2009
Catalog, Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts and Design, David Revere McFadden, 2009
Numa Folha Qualquer, by Marianna Da Addario Guemaraes, article, abc Design Magazine, p. 36, 2009
Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover, by Jeffery Rudell, craftystylish.com, April 27, 2009
Papercraft: Design and Art with paper, Gestalten Publishers, 2009
I Make Stuff, Handmadelife, Ramona Barry, Beck Jobson, 2009
Featured Interview, TKArtspace Online, February, 2009
Artist Profile, FirstCut Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter, 2009
Best in Mixed Media: Michael Velliquette Abundant Creatures", Time Out New York, May 27 - June 1.
Lower East Psychedelic, by Benjamin Sutton, The L Magazine, May 13, 2009.
2004 Artpace Residencies and Exhibitions, Matthew Drutt, general editor, Published by Artpace San Antonio, TX 78205, Copyright 2008 Artpace San Antonio, International Artist-In Residence New Works: 04:1, "Michael Velliquette" by Larry Rinder, 2008
3 Landscapes in the Modern Style, by Rachel Adams, Flavorpil, July 2008.
CAM 2008: Binocular Rivalry, by Emily Seale, San Antonio Current, July, 2008.
Cook, Greg, Fringe Festival, Boston Phoenix, June 10, 2008.
Calendar: Arts, The New York Sun, May 9-11.
Paperwork: Unit B Gallery, by Lawrence Jennings, Art Lies, Issue 54, Summer, 2007.
Texas Biennial, The Austin Chronicle, Arts Section, March 30, 2007.
Texas Biennial 2007, Corinna Kirsch, ...might be good, Online arts magazine, Issue 85, 2007
Wild and Bushy at Volitant Gallery, by Erin Keever, ...might be good, Online arts magazine, 2006.
Wild and Bushy at Volitant Gallery, by Reza Shirazi, Cantaker.com, August 2006.
Beast, by Eleanor Williams, Finesilver Gallery, Houston, 2006
Artbuzz: Inside the Visual Arts, by Mrac Ormond, Sarasota Magazine, Summer, 2006
Diorama Drama: Installation of Religion, by Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly, January, 2005
Detritus and a Hot Glue Gun: Exploring the Lo-Fi Art Aesthetic, by Jennifer Jankaskaus, Glasstire: Texas Visuar Art Online, 2005
The Dark Matters and the Lingering Lightness at Conduit Gallery, Charissa N. Terranova, Dallas Observer, September 30. 2004
Michael Velliquette: the ü in the i, Artpace San Antonio, Wendy Weil Atwell, Art Lies Magazine, Issue 43, Summer. 2004.
Artpace 04:1 2004,Catherine Walworth, Voices of Art Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2. 2004.
Secret worlds at Artpace, Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express-News, Culturas, April 11, 2004.
Space maker, by Robert Ross, Dallas Voice, Life+Style Art, Volume 21, Issue 19, September 17, 2004
Night Shift, KABB-TV 29 (FOX), Joe Vithayathil report on Michael Velliquette, April 12, 2004
We Are Electric, Deitch Projects, Holland Cotter, The New York Times, Art Guide, Dec. 19, 2003