Mike McConnell is a latecomer to a career as a fine artist. He graduated from MICA in 1975 and worked for over 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for most of the excellent design firms and advertising agencies in the Baltimore and Washington area. His illustrations have been included in multiple design magazines including Print’s Regional Design Awards, The Society of Illustrators Annual, and HOW Magazine’s Annual. In the Fall or 2012, he made a commitment to focus exclusively on fine art.

Recent group exhibitions include The Athenaeum Invitational, Platform Gallery First Annual Juried Exhibition, the 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, McLean Project for the Arts, Transformations: From One Thing to Another, and the 2nd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit.

In 2015 Mike had solo shows at School 33, Baltimore, MD and the Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
Stacks Image 93
I think your paintings are terrific! They have a real sense of composition, which may have come from the years you spent in graphic design. But of course they are also more than that; they are very subtle and highly lyrical. You must get a lot from your life in the country! When someone works as well as you do, I can hope again that American contemporary art has a future. I wish you the best with your paintings!

Jonathan Goodman, New York-based writer and teacher at Pratt Institute