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/// CLIENTS

New York Times / 
American Greetings
 / Paint & Draw Magazine (UK) / Strand Magazine
 / Toronto Blue Jays (Jays Care Foundation) / 
Case Western Reserve University / 
Ohio Magazine
 / Cleveland Magazine
 / Scene Magazine / 
University of Dayton, etc. 

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science + Master of Fine Arts

Kent State University (KSU)

School of Visual Communication Design 

Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Major: Visual Communication Design 

Concentration: Illustration

Thesis: Painting heroes: using illustration to improve the standing of baseball in the inner city - Worked with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Boys & Girls Club to develop a series of conceptual portraits designed to increase interest in baseball, among inner-city children, by highlighting the personal narratives of contemporary African-American baseball players.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
_Illustration Academy
 2003 (Virginia Commonwealth University, VA) 
_Illustration Academy
 2004 (Virginia Commonwealth University, VA) 
_Illustration Master Class 2013
 (Amherst College, MA)
_Illustration Academy
 2017 (Kansas City) 

EXPERIENCE
_Primary Hughes Illustration (2003–present): 
Freelance illustration and fine art business.
_
Associate Professor of Illustration (August 2016–present): 
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
_Assistant Professor of Illustration (2011–2016): 
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
_Adjunct Instructor (2005–2011)
: KSU School of Visual Communication Design
_Graduate Assistantship (2003–2005): 
KSU School of Visual Communication Design

_Art Department Internship (2002): 
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH 

/// PUBLICATION HONORS

Society of Illustrators New York 46 + 49 Annual Exhibitions 

Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 43 / 44 / 46 / 49 / 51 / 52 / 55
 / 56

Creative Quarterly 100 Best 2013
Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design, Winner (Print) Issues 22 / 32 / 45
 / 53
Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design, Runner-Up (Online) Issues 23 / 46
Professional Artist Magazine, April/May 2017

Illustration NOW! 5, TASCHEN Books 2014
50 Great Figurative Artworks of 2017, Poets and Artists Magazine
100 Great Drawings of 2016, Poets and Artists Magazine
American Illustration 26 + 27 (chosen for website exhibition)
3x3 Magazine 2003 + 2004 Student Competitions
3x3 Magazine Annual Show No. 15 (Honorable Mention)

CMYK Magazine (issues # 23 / 24 / 25 / 27 / 49 / 50)
Strokes of Genius 7

Infected by Art (Volumes: 2 / 3 / 5)
AcrylicWorks: The Best of Acrylic Painting 2014
Torso: Streetwear T-Shirt Graphics Exposed (by Daniel Eckler) 2010


/// PUBLICATIONS

Starting Your Career as an Illustrator (by Michael Fleishman) 2017
Black & White: Volume Four (Out of Step Books) 2017 
Paint & Draw Magazine (UK)
Drawing Inspiration (by Michael Fleishman) 2010

How to Grow as an Illustrator (by Michael Fleishman) 2007

/// GALLERY AWARDS
2018 - Best in Show, 2018 Fresh Coast Plein Air, Marquette, MI
2018 - Great American Artworks Award, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Holland Area Arts Council, MI
2018 - Bronze Award: Illustration West 56, Society of Illustrators LA

2017 - People's Choice, 2017 Fresh Coast Plein Air, Marquette, MI
2016 - Best in Show: Phillustration 8, Philadelphia Sketch Club
2016 - First Place: Acrylic, 59th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition
2015 - First Place: Art of Illustration, St. Louis Artists' Guild

2014 - Northern Exposure XXI Artists Network Award

2014 - Silver Award: Illustration West 52, Society of Illustrators LA

2013 - Northern Exposure XX Purchase Award
2013 - Northern Exposure XX Media Award (Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton)

2013 - Northern Exposure XX Media Award (Munising News)

2013 - Honorable Mention: Michigan Drawing & Print-Making Exhibition

2013 - Silver Medal: 3rd NAMOS Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport

2013 - Fourth Place: 31st Michigan Fine Arts Competition

2012 - First Place in 2-Dimensional art: 2012 Great Lakes Showcase

2012 - Honorable Mention: No Big Heads, 27th National Self-Portrait Exhibit

2012 - Phillip B. Meggs (Excellence in Design): Richmond Illus. Club

2011 - 3rd Place - CMYK Magazine issue # 49 Juror: Chris Buzelli

2006 - Second Place - Professional Website, West Virginia Flash Festival

2006 - 3 Merit awards - 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 2 

2005 - Silver - Portfolios.com Annual Competition 

2005 - Bronze - Portfolios.com Annual Competition

/// GROUP SHOWS

2018
Miyazaki in LA, Spoke Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
• ICON 10 Gallery Show, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI
• Nerd Out!, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2nd Annual Fresh Coast Plein Air Exhibition, Marquette, MI
• Lost Isle of Kismet, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
• Baby Mama, Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 Michigan Water Color Society 71st Annual Exhibition, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI
 Great Lakes Pastel Society, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI
• Mermay, Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Culture of Cult 7: One U.P., Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI
• 30 Years Later, Invitational, Gallery 1988Los Angeles, CA
• Arboretum, Invitational, Light Grey Art LabMinneapolis, MN
• Illustration West 56th Annual Exhibition, SILA, International Juried, Pop Secret Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA

2017
Excelsior! An Art Celebration of Stan Lee's 75+ Years in Comics, Hero Complex GalleryLos Angeles, CA
• Post-it Show 13, Invitational International, Giant Robot (GR2), Los Angeles, CA
• Preserved!, State Juried Residency Exhibition, Harris Building, Grand Rapids, MI
• Phillustration 9, Regional Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
• Culture of Cult 6: Get Lost, Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI, 
• 9th Annual Figurative Drawing & Painting Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna Univ., Selinsgrove, PA
• 56th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI
• Bad Dads VIII: Tribute to the films of Wes Anderson, Invitational International, Spoke Art Gallery, Portland, OR
• Flower Child
Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

• SketchInternational Juried, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
• In Dreams: Tribute to David Lynch, Invitational International, Spoke Art Gallery, New York, NY
• Lover's EyeInvitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 NMU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial, Member Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
Philadelphia Sketch Club 2016 Winners' Exhibition, Invitational, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
• Illustration West 55th Annual Exhibition, SILA, International Juried, Pop Secret Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA

2016
• Wanderlust4Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Post-it Show 12, Invitational International, Giant Robot (GR2), Los Angeles, CA
• Phillustration 8, Regional Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
• Northern Exposure XXIII, William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Regional Exhibition
• Bad Dads VII: Tribute to the films of Wes Anderson, Invitational International, Spoke Art Gallery, New York, NY
• The 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
• 34th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham, MI
• CICA Museum’s International Exhibition on Digital Culture, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gyeonggi-do Province, South Korea
• Portraits of Friends
Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Lord of the Thrones, Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman & Jessica Ross
• Huldufólk, Invitational, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
59th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Juror: Brian Blood
• The RoboShow, Invitational, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
A Curious Reality, National Juried, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined World, National Juried, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, TN

2015
Wanderlust3Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Northern Exposure XXII, Regional Exhibition, William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI, Juror: Justin Kellner
The Art of Force - Culture of Cult Art Series, Invitational, Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI
• Still Lifes: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects, National Juried, Evelyn E Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly, MO
• Bad Dads VI - Wes Anderson Tribute, Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman
Art of Illustration, Juried National, St. Louis Artists' Guild, Clayton, MO, Juror: Jon Cournoyer (St. Louis Art Museum)
• 4th Annual Portrait Exhibition: Superhero, Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• North of the 45th8th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
• The Color of Strangeness: Caro & Jeunet, Invitational International, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman
• Idiot Box 2, Invitational International, Gallery 1988 (WEST), Los Angeles, CA, Curators: Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell
• Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Art Showcase Presented by Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
• Showcase 100, International Exhibition, Framers Gallery, London, UK
• Great Lakes Art Showcase, Regional Juried Exhibition, Rozsa Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
• NMU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial, Member Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI

2014
• From the Toy Box, Invitational, Ltd. Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
• Bad Dads V - Wes Anderson Tribute, Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman
• Northern Exposure XXI, Regional Exhibition, William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI, Juror: Anne Corlett
• I am the Law / A Life of Crime, Invitational, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Adam Smasher
• Fantasy in the City, Invitational, Ltd. Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
• Quentin vs. Coen, Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman
• Art Renewal Center 2013/2014 International Salon, Finalist
• On Beauty, Invitational International, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Spirit of Michigan, Juried, Art For Charlie, Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Lansing, MI
• UNIVERSE: The Art of Existence, Invitational, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• George R.R. Martin Presents: Winter is Coming, Invitational, Ltd. Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
• Tales Told, International Juried, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
• Nostalgia, Invitational, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Illustration West 52nd Annual Exhibition, SILA, International Juried, Center Stage Gallery, Burbank, CA
• Great Lakes Art Showcase, Regional Juried Exhibition, Rozsa Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

2013
• Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in New York, Invitational, Gallery 1988, 355A Bowery, New York, NY
• Bad Dads IV - Wes Anderson Tribute, Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Ken Harman
• National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Second International ON-LINE Open Exhibition, Juror: Douglas Wiltraut.
• Put a Bird on It, Invitational, Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA, Curator: Aaron Jasinski
• Northern Exposure XX, Regional Exhibition, William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI, Juror: Richard Kooyman
• Michigan Drawing & Print-Making Exhibition, 3rd Annual State Exhibition, LowellArts!, Lowell, MI
• 3rd Annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition, The National Art Museum of Sport 
• 31st Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Regional Juried Exhibition Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham, MI, 
• North of the 45th Parallel, 6th Annual Upper Midwest Juried Art Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
• The Curve Ball, Invitational, Jays Care Foundation Fundraiser Charity Bat Auction, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
• Rolemodels: The Battle For Vyk'Tornaahl, Invitational, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
• Scorcese: An Art Show Tribute, Invitational, Bold Hype Gallery, New York, NY, Curator: Ken Harman (Spoke Art Gallery)
• Season Opener 2, Invitational Bat Exhibition, Steamwhistle Brewery, Toronto, ON, Curator: Dave Murray
• Illustration West 51st Annual Exhibition, SILA, International Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA
• Great Lakes Art Showcase, Regional Juried Exhibition, Rozsa Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
• NMU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial, Member Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
• Message in a Bottle, Invitational, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
• Drawing from Perception VII, Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
• 12x12 Exhibition, Todd Art Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

2012
• No Big Heads, 27th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, University of Alaska-Anchorage Student Union Gallery
• Northern Exposure XIX, Regional, William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI
• Great Lakes Small Works, 3rd Annual Regional, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
• Ka-Pow! Comic Art & Storyboarding, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
• AMERICA!, Work • Detroit at University of Michigan, Detroit, MI
• Richmond Illustrators Club 5th annual show, Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA 
• North of the 45th Parallel, 5th Annual Upper Midwest Juried Art Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
• Great Lakes Art Showcase, Regional Juried Exhibition, Rozsa Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
• Mirror Images, Kreft Gallery at Concordia University, Ann Arbor MI
• The Art of Baseball: 15th Annual Exhibition, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
• 2nd Annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition, The National Art Museum of Sport
• 3rd Annual Figurative Drawing & Painting Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna Univ., Selinsgrove, PA
• 27th Annual Juried Exhibit, National Collage Society
• The Cheaper Show No. 10, Vancouver, BC
• Richmond Illustrators Club 4th annual show, Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA
• The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Student Annual Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Kent State, OH
• Illustration West 49th Exhibition, SILA, Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA

2010
• Small Works Exhibit, The Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH

2007
• 49th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York City, NY

2006
• Images of Kent and Northern Ohio, McKay Bricker Gallery, Kent, OH
• Northern Ohio Illustrators Society Show, Sandusky Cultural Center
• The Female Figure in Art, Gallery 324, Cleveland, OH

2005
• Senior Show, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH
• Portfolios.com Annual Competition

2004
• 46th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York City, NY

2003
• Illustration Academy Group show, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA