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Michael Pfleghaar

Michael Pfleghaar

Michael Pfleghaar draws on his love of mid-century design to create ranches and split level homes reminiscent of Americana of yester-year

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Michael Pfleghaar MCM1 at MudFire Gallery
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Michael Pfleghaar at MudFire

Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012


Michael Pfleghaar Artist Bio

Artist Michael Pfleghaar has made Grand Rapids, Michigan his home since 1983 and is best known for his colorful drawings, paintings and sculpture. His style is expressive and exaggerated, dealing with subjects ranging from modern still life, furniture, interior spaces and architecture. His paintings often portray inanimate objects with animate characteristics in their movement, shape and posture. Pfleghaar is extremely conscious of how objects relate to one another, choosing to create "visual conversations" through the composition of elements.

After graduating from Grand Valley State College in 1989 with a BFA in painting, Michael Pfleghaar has returned to school to pursue his Graduate degree in art. In 2011 Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. An exhibition of thesis work will be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum titled "Reinforcing Objecthood" in February 2012.

"The threads that tie my paintings together are the compositional relationships of figure to ground. Mid-century modern decorative objects such as chairs and vases provide the beginning of my intuitive process of image making. While based in material references, the paintings depart from reality through the abstraction and reduction of the elements to a visually rich state beyond recognition," said Pfleghaar.

During his career, Michael Pfleghaar has received numerous awards and honors for his work, both nationally and regionally. In addition to his artwork being featured in Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home Magazine, Solace, and American Craft, Pfleghaar's pieces are in the permanent art collections including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, CDW Real Estate Investment, Steelcase., Neiman Marcus, Herman Miller, Orlando Magic Sports Complex and the State of Michigan Governor's Residence.


Michael Pfleghaar Artist Resume

2011 MFA Candidate, Painting, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA
1989 BFA Painting, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
1988 Ecole des Beaux Arts, 1988, Aix en Provence, France
1984 Foundation Design Program, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2008 The Nines Gallery, Modernscapes - Near the Edge, Holland MI
2007 Baber Room, Park Library, Central Michigan University, Complex Identity, Mt Pleasant, MI
2006 Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
2005 Dezart One Gallery, Contemporary | Allegory, Palm Springs, CA
2003 Absolute Gallery, Absolute Pfleghaar, Lansing, MI
2003 Violet NE, Phenomenal Flora in Terra Cotta Clay, Grand Rapids, MI
2000 The Creole Gallery, Living Large: Interior Works, Lansing, MI
1999 Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Inside and Out, Grand Rapids, MI
1999 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
1997 Monroe Fine Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
1994 Grand Valley State University, Paintings and Drawings, Allendale, MI
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2010 Muskegon Museum of Art, Annual West Michigan Regional, Muskegon, MI
2010 SOMArts, CHRONOTOPIA: The Past, Present and Future of Queer Histories, San Francisco, CA
2010 Sloan NYC, Mobile Uploads, New York, NY
2010 Tanglefoot Studio, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
2009 Dezart One Gallery, Forever Modern, Palm Springs, CA
2008 Pacific University, Physical Culture, Forest Grove, OR
2008 Fact & Fancy, Wet Paint, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Leslie/Lohman, Art Actually, New York, NY
2008 ARTspace, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, One and Only, Sheboygan, WI
2007 Dezart One Gallery, Fabulous Fusion, Palm Springs, CA
2006 Dezart One Gallery, Modern Magnetism, Palm Springs, CA
2005 Gallery Project, Eastside/Westside, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 Lowell Area Arts Council, Janus: Traditional & Contemporary Fiber & Clay, Lowell, MI
2002 The Nines Gallery, A Figurative Moment, Douglas MI
2001 Muskegon Museum of Art, Century 2: New Glass and Painting, Muskegon, MI
2000 Vesuvius Gallery, Organically Grown, Glenn, MI
1998 Vesuvius Gallery, Light/Object, Glenn, MI
1996 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Vibrant Visions, Grand Rapids, MI
1995 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Ten Choose Ten, Grand Rapids, MI
1995 LaFontsee Galleries, Three Michaels: Of the Figure (?), Grand Rapids, MI
1991 Hefner Galleries, Four Men/Four Women, Grand Rapids, MI
1989 Buckham Fine Arts Project, Figurated Environs, Flint, MI
1989 Ann Arbor Art Association, The Print, Ann Arbor, MI
Honors and Awards:
2007 Lansing Art Gallery, Fire and Mud Statewide Clay Competition, Best of Show, Lansing, MI
2006 Rapid Central Station, Art In Transit, Purchase Award, Grand Rapids, MI
2005 Governor Granholm Residence, Governor's Residence Michigan Artist's Exhibit, Lansing, MI
2005 Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Loeschner Purchase Award, Grand Rapids, MI
2003 Hanon McKendry Advertising, Soups On Poster Artwork, Addy Award, Grand Rapids, MI
2003 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival, Purchase Award, Grand Rapids, MI
1996 Lowell Arts Council, West Michigan Regional Competition, Best of Show, Lowell, MI
1995 Muskegon Art Museum, Annual West Michigan Regional, Award, Muskegon, MI
1994 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Arts Alive, Commission Grant, Grand Rapids, MI
1993 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival, Purchase Awards, Grand Rapids, MI
1992 Muskegon Art Museum, Annual West Michigan Regional, Award, Muskegon, MI
1988-1990 Pennsylvania School of the Arts, The Next Generation: National Graduate/Undergraduate Juried Student Show, Pennsylvania, PA
2010 Loechner, Erin: "Michael Pfleghaar," Design Milk. April 16, 2010.
2010 Rainwater, Sarah: "Mid-Century Inspired Artwork by Michael Pfleghaar," Apartment Therapy. April 13, 2010.
2009 Runnels, Kate: "Michael Pfleghaar," The Constant Gatherer: Art and Found., November 16, 2009.
2009 Sweet, Laura: "Like David Hockney? Then Meet Michael Pfleghaar," If It's Hip, It's Here. February 19, 2009.
2009 Coles, Stephen: "Moody Mid-Century, Modern," The Mid-Century Modernist. January 1, 2009.
2008 Tennant, Kristin: "Michael Pfleghaar," Solace, (Grand Rapids) vol: 1 no. 3 (Fall 2008/Winter 2009): pp.18-22.
2008 No author: "Gallery of Dogs," Dog World, (Los Angeles) vol: 93 no. 7 (July 2008) p.48.
2008 Wozniak, Curt: "Tanglefoot Studio: Sticking to GR," Rapid Growth. November 20, 2008.
2007 No author: "Thirty Cakes at UICA Review," American Craft Magazine, (New York) vol: 67 no. 4 (August/September 2007).
2005 Greer, Chris: "From Studio to Cyber Space," Grand Rapids Magazine, (Grand Rapids) vol: 42 no. 9 (September 2005) pp. 38-40.
1997 Hawkins, Elizabeth: "Celebrate the Imagination," Shoreline Cosmopolitan Home, (Grand Rapids, MI) vol: 9 no. 43 (March/April 1997) pp. 38-41.
1997 Lassell, Michael: "Modern Color Update," Metropolitan Home Magazine, (New York) vol: 29 no. 1 (January/February 1997) pp. 86-89.