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Michael Pfleghaar: Mid-Career Showcase

September 30, 2023

Cultivate Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. 
Exhibition Dates: October 27 – December 15, 2023

Cultivate is pleased to present “Michael Pfleghaar: Mid Career Showcase,” an exhibition that surveys the expansive oeuvre of artist Michael Pfleghaar. Please join us for the opening reception on October 27, where attendees will have the opportunity to engage with Pfleghaar’s work and hear remarks from the artist.

About the Exhibition:

This exhibition is a showcase featuring the evolution of Michael’s work and practice. It brings together a range of Pfleghaar’s works—spanning paintings, sculpture, and drawings—that highlight his nuanced approach to form, color, and texture. From his early beginnings to recent works, the exhibition offers an in-depth look at Pfleghaar’s evolving artistry and his lasting impact on contemporary art.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 27, 2023  |  5 – 9 PM
620 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, United States, Michigan


March 26, 2023

“Nature/Nurture” opens at Eastend Gallery & Studio in Marshall, MI. April 7, 20023

The exhibition curated by Warner Ball will feature botanical-themed works on paper, large works on canvas, and a selection of ceramic sculptures.

The show will explore plant groupings as a reference to relationships and the care it takes to make them thrive.

The exhibit runs April 7th – May 31, 2023.

Eastend Gallery & Studio
143 W Michigan Ave, Marshall, MI, 49068

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday – 10:30 – 5:30 and Friday – Saturday – 11am – 5pm

Hatchback 17

March 26, 2023

Excited to be included in the exhibition Hatchback 17, at Hatch Art, April 1 – April 30, 2023⁠

This painting “Thick and Thin” 2023, Flashe and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 is one of 51 pieces selected to be in this annual show juried by Nancy Mitchnick.⁠

Join me at the reception, this Saturday, April 1, 6-9 pm⁠

Hatch Art Gallery⁠
3456 Evaline Street, Hamtramck, MI⁠⁠

Terrazzo Art Installations

February 25, 2023

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is pleased to announce that four local artists have been selected to install permanent terrazzo floor art designs in the $110 million Concourse A expansion.

Thanks to support from the Frey Foundation, the Ford International Airport will continue to invest in local artists through its public art program. The Concourse A extension – part of Elevate capital expansion program – will feature three art mediums, including custom terrazzo flooring, a suspended art installation and wall art. The four artists selected to feature their terrazzo designs include:

  • George Eberhardt III
  • Kim Nguyen
  • Maureen Nollette
  • Michael Pfleghaar

93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

September 30, 2022

Two paintings have been accepted into the 93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art which opens Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 5 PM⁠

The exhibition runs October 6 through November 30, 2022 ⁠

Digital Art Exhibit at Fluffy Crimes

June 26, 2022

Video of the digital art exhibition my work is included in and artist bios at Fluffy Crimes, an artist run gallery space in Chicago, IL

Art Press UK

May 1, 2022

A collection of my work is now available as blank greeting cards through Art Press UK a wholesale card producer. Ask your favorite card store to carry them.

Best Visual Artist

February 19, 2022

I am not one for lists unless, of course, it’s one that I am on. So when I was told that I was selected by this year’s Grand Rapids Magazine Readers Poll as Best Visual Artist I was floored. Considering I don’t show in galleries, play the art prize game, and am kind of old school made me feel pretty good. So the dedication to my practice is being noticed by at least a few who took the time to write my name on the ballot and I thank you.

Grand Rapids Magazine editor Pat Evans writes: “Each year, we entrust our readers with the task of choosing the Best Of pretty much everything in Grand Rapids. It’s certainly not a scientific or fully accurate representation of what truly is the best in West Michigan, but it’s a great way to guide not only the rest of our readership but our coverage. Thanks to the vote tallies, we get a good vibe of where to eat, drink and shop or who to watch and listen to.”

You can see the whole issue online here:
photo by Teri Genovese

Festival of the Arts

July 12, 2021

“Corner (Home) Office” won the Best of Show award at the 2021 Festival of the Arts selected by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The work can be seen with other selected works from Jun 25, 2021 — Aug 14, 2021.
GRAM is open limited hours Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. See the website for more info.

Cover Art

September 16, 2020

My work illustrates the National Book Award winning author Sigrid Nunez’s new book “What Are You Going Through”  A detail of my painting “Chicago Condo” oil on paper, 30 x 22, features prominently on the cover.

Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize

August 17, 2020

Honored to have the painting “Modern Interior with Rubber Plant” chosen as the Grand Prize winner at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2020 West Michigan Area Show as selected by juror William J. O’Brien.

Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien works in drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. His idiosyncratic and exuberant forms are born out of an improvised and intuitive studio practice, rich in material experimentation. He is Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by Modernism and the history of material usage of Outsider Art, O’Brien’s multidisciplinary practice is a search for identity and genuine expression through material and process.

The West Michigan Area Show is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

September 4, 2019

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition
Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
296 W. Webster Avenue
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 5
7:00 pm Meet the Artists
6:30 pm Awards Program
5:30 pm Reception

The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. This year’s juried show features 126 works by 107 artists and includes painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. The artwork selection is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation. The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) and runs through November 13, 2019.

About the Juror:
Amy Chaloupka, received her BFA from Western Washington University and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited widely and created several public works, including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin.
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