artifacts by gsmichaels 

Ever since, I have lived with the question, "What is it that wants to be born through me?" 

I believe that art speaks to us about awe and wonder.  Science and engineering make the unknown knowable, graspable and functional. Conversely, art reveals that the known is is not what it seems to be.

Art returns the known to the unknowable. It reminds us that we and everything we know are byproducts of a far grander infinite unknown. Art reminds us to be humble, to be amazed, to remember that there is always more happening than we think.

The artist’s job, it seems to me, is to create, or point to, the possibility of revelation by exposing the unknown in the known. 


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2017        Re/VIEW: A CCS Alumni Exhibition. Detroit. MI. Juror: Edward T. Welburn Jr.

2011-14    American Art Collector (Publication).

2011         Herberger Theater Center: End of an Era? Group show. Phoenix, AZ

2010        First Annual Miami Loco Art Walk. Two-person show w/ George Caramanna. Miami, AZ

2005        Paulina Miller Studio Gallery. Art Detour Group Exhibit. Phoenix, AZ

2000        Imagine Art. Solo exhibit. Sedona, AZ

1999        Paulina Miller Studio Gallery. Two-person show. Phoenix, AZ

1999         Nat’l Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution Art Exhibit. Phoenix Civic Center. 

                 Curator: April Richey

1999-02    Arizona Biennial ’99. Tucson Museum of Art. Juror: Louis Grachos, Director of SITE Santa Fe.

                 (Touring show sponsored by the AZ Commission on the Arts)

1/99-02    Rings of Time: Wooden Visions of the Millennium. W. Valley Art Museum. Juried show.

                 Sun City, AZ. (Touring show sponsored by the AZ Commission on the Arts)

1998     Gang Gallery. Group exhibit. NYC, NY

1997      Gang Gallery. Solo exhibit. NYC, NY

1997      Planet Earth Gallery. Two-person show. Phoenix, AZ

1996      GASP Gallery. Two-person show. Juried selection. Tucson, AZ

1996      Arizona Cosmetic Surgery. Two-person show. Juried selection. Juror: Barbara K. Cowlin

1995      Artists and Paper. Prescott Fine Arts Association. Juried show. Prescott, AZ

1995       La Phoenixquera XV. Mars Artspace. Juror: Marilyn Zeitlin (US Commissioner for the Venice

               Biennale) Phoenix, AZ

1995       Artists on Canvas. Prescott Fine Arts Association. Juried show. Prescott, AZ

1995       Vistas 1995. Church of the Beatitudes. Juried show. Merit Award: Painting. Phoenix, AZ

1994       Landscapes of the Mind. Casa Grand Art Museum. Juried show. Casa Grande, AZ

1994       Planet Earth Gallery. Group Show. Phoenix, AZ

1993       5th Biennial 7-State Juried Exhibition. Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. Tucson, AZ

1993       Vistas 1993. Church of the Beatitudes. Juried show. Merit Award: Mixed Media Drawing.
                Phoenix, AZ
1991         Arizona: A Decade in Perspective. Juried Show. ASU/ Kerr Cultural Center. Scottsdale, AZ

1980-1      Center for Creative Studies. Fine Art/Industrial Design. Detroit, MI

1986         BA Creative Writing, Poetry University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1990         Studio Art Centers International. Painting. Florence, Italy

Vita & Exhibitions 

In 1979, happenstance exposed me to a small exhibition of German Expressionist images. They spoke to me - moved me - as no poem, book, movie, image or human being ever had. My body rang like a bell. This was my initiation into the power and possibility of art.