Michelle Gagliano

Michelle Gagliano’s art is a continuous engagement with the notion of beauty and experimentation. Imaginary ‘natural’ forms and textural patinas are melded in an exploration of surface alchemy, presenting the viewer with a breathtaking panorama that both evokes timeless private visions and invokes universal themes and emotions.

Gagliano has built up a considerable body of work and has exhibited extensively throughout the USA. With projects including Artist Residencies, group shows, museum exhibitions, and private installations, Michelle Gagliano’s work is held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the U.S.A, Europe and Asia.

Listing 15 Works   |   Viewing 1 - 6
  NEXT >

Michelle  Gagliano

Michelle Gagliano

Michelle Gagliano Description

Michelle Gagliano’s art is a continuous engagement with the notion of beauty and experimentation. Imaginary ‘natural’ forms and textural patinas are melded in an exploration of surface alchemy, presenting the viewer with a breathtaking panorama that both evokes timeless private visions and invokes universal themes and emotions.
 
According to Michelle, "I am experimenting with gold, silver and metallic pigments, suspended on the surface of my panels, then reworking them, erasing, sanding, re-glazing building up and taking down, stretching into, creating a ‘history’. These pigments have a transcendent quality, present in the motifs of so many cultures, including Russian Icons, art of The Incas, Renaissance, all the way to Tibetan Thangkas. Such images were made to dazzle the spectator and I love the spiritual reverence I feel using these pigments. I am influenced also by the Bronze Age, Iron Age, even the Gilded Age. The ‘metallic ages’ have given us such a rich cultural heritage and sense of the magnificent."
 
Contemporary oil painter, Michelle Gagliano has been painting for over 25 years and has shown across the country, including solo exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, California and New Mexico. 
 
Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Born in Jamestown, New York, Gagliano studied painting at North Texas State University with painter Vernon Fisher. She has a degree in painting from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire, and currently lives and works in Scottsville, Virginia.

Michelle Gagliano Resumé

Selected Exhibitions (Solo and Group exhibits)

2019 Secondo Pensieri, American Embassy, Rome, Italy

         Purgatorio Kintsugi, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2018 A Path to Tranqility, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

         Landscape Lexicons, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond VA

         Language of Place, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

         Contrastando, “Contrast Creates Action”,  Galerie Grefti, Umbertide, Italy

         Transitions, Second Street Gallery, Dove Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

         Teeny Tiny Trifecta, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

         Eight, Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C.

         Flight School, Baltimore International Airport, curated by Jack Rasmussen, Baltimore, MD

         New Abstractions, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

         New Work, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Houston, TX

         Exhalation of Larks, Chroma Arts Projects, Charlottesville VA

2017 Rooted Down and Rising Up, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

         Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

         Language of Place, Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, Charlottesville, VA

         Landscape Lexicons, Virginia Museum of Fine Art,  Richmond, VA

         Vanguard Anniversary Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX

         Annual Silent Auction, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

         Amazing Women Art Auction for Girls' Night Out, Les Yuex du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

         First Years' Show, Katzen Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

2016 Dante's Inferno: Where Art and Poetry Collide, Focus Contemporary Art, Scottsville, VA

         The Deconstructed Landscape, Focus Contemporary Art, Scottsville, VA

         Reimagined Kaleidoscopes, SCAN Art Center, Scottsville, VA

Dirty Linen Abstract Show by Erickson, Gagliano, Patterson, Barnes, and Tamanian, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015 Affordable Art Fair, NYC, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York

         Seeing Double, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2014 Moult, Group Show, Chroma Arts Projects, Charlottesville VA

         One, Group Show, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX

         Changing Appalachia, Custom to Cutting Edge, Portsmouth Cultural Art Center, Portsmouth,VA

2013 Graditude, Group Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

         Enlighten, Featuring, Michelle Gagliano, Steven Deluz, & Pauline Ziegen, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX

         New Works, Solo Exhibition, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

         High Art, Group Exhibition, Chroma Art Projects, Charlottesville, VA

         See, Group Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX

         The Love Show,Group Exhibition, Chroma Arts Projects, Charlottesville, VA

         Houston Fine Art Fair, Laura Rathe Fine Arts, Houston, TX

         New Works, Group Exhibition, Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2012 Primo Pensieri (Solo Exhibition), Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA Painting The Piedmont, Traveling Exhibition of 10 Acclaimed Virginian Artists, Chroma Arts Projects, Charlottesville ,VA, James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier, VA, The National Sporting

         Library Founders Lounge, Middleburg, VA. Sponsored by The Piedmont Environmental Council.

         Foresta Vergine, Chroma Arts Projects, (Solo Exhibition ), Charlottesville, VA

         Artists Among Us II, Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo N.Y.

         Ginkgo Dreams, Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM New Work,

         Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

         13th Anniversary 5 X 7 Exhibition, Jones Center For the Arts, Austin Museum of Fine Art, Austin, TX

2011 Group Show, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston TX

         Annual 5 x 7 Exhibition, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX, and

         Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas TX (Traveling Exhibition)

         New Works, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

         New Works, Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2010 Luminous Notes (Solo Exhibition), Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA Artist

         Members Show, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

         Artists for Haiti, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

         Five X Seven Exhibition, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Whitely Gallery, Austin, TX

         Fresh Paint: New Works by Gallery Artists, Donna Seager Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         New Works, Group Exhibition, Ode to Art Contemporary, Singapore

         New Works, Group Exhibition, Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2009 Strictly Painting 7, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA (juried)

         Alchemy of Light, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX (solo)

         10th Annual 5x7 Exhibition, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX

         New Works, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

         New Works, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008 Art for Art’s Sake, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo) Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

         Summer Exhibition, Artizen Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007 Metaphors of Nature, Artizen Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

         Grand Re-Opening, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Lines, Vines and Surfaces, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans,LA

         Art Expo New York, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

         8th Annual 5x7 Exhibition, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX, and

         Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (traveling exhibition)

2006 Lines, Vines and Surfaces, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

         The Painted Violin, Santa Fe Symphony Fundraiser, Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Summer Showcase Artist, Hanson Gallery, Carmel, CA

         7th Annual 5x7 Exhibition, Jones Ctr for Contemp. Art, Austin, TX Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Hanson/King Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

2005 Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Showcased Gallery Artist, Hanson King Gallery, New Orleans, LA

   6th Annual 5x7 Show, Jones Center for Contemporary Arts, Austin, TX, & Dunn & Brown Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX (traveling exhibition)

2004 Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA Martha Keats

         Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

         5th Annual 5x7 Show, Jones Center of Contemporary Art, Austin, TX

         Summer Heat Show, Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, TX 

2003 Holiday Group Exhibition, Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, TX Shadowed

         Leaves, Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, TX (solo) Shadowed Leaves,

         Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (solo)

         4th Annual 5x7 Show, Jones Center of Contemporary Art, Austin, TX 

2002 Summer Heat, Betz Gallery, Houston, TX 

2000 PDA 2000, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (juried)

1999 7th Annual Juried Exhibit, Ava Gallery, Lebanon, NH

         Small Works, Mill Pond Center for the Arts, Durham, NH (juried) Karl Dreup

         Fine Arts Gallery, Plymouth, NH 

 

Awards 

2007  The Painted Violin. Original Musical Composition inspired by the “Painted Violin” artwork by

Michelle Gagliano. Composition performed by the Sante Fe Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe, NM

2002  Artfest Juried Show, Best of Show, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX

2001  Cow Parade Houston, Sponsor Houstonian Hotel, Houston, TX

Residencies 

2017    VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship

2014    Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

1987    Chautauqua School of Fine Arts, Chautauqua, NY

 

Selected Corporate Collections

Art Plus Artisans, Austin, TX                                                                 Equus Total Return, Inc., Houston, TX

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas/Houston, TX                                     Founders Bank, Sugarland TX

Fox and Brantley Internal Medicine, Charlottesville, VA                          Frost Insurance, Austin, TX,

Fish Richardson, Austin, TX                                                                  Fish Richardson, Washington, D.C.

Gallagher Healthcare, Houston, TX                                                       North Houston Bank, Houston, TX

The Orthopedic Surgery Center, The Woodlands, TX                           Raymond James Brokerage, Houston, TX

Wady Petroleum, Houston, TX                                                             Wells Fargo Corporation, Houston, TX

Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, New York                                    Jauregui Architects, Austin,TX

Lockton Insurance, Dallas, TX,                                                               Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros, Houston, TX

Selected private collections internationally

 

Publications 

2017    “Rooted Down and Rising Up’ at Elisa Contemporary Art, New York.” Blouin Artinfo, 15 June 2017

“Rooted Down and Rising Up.” Wall Street International, 13 June 2017

Madison Burfeind. “Sew Sharp.” Virginia Living Magazine, 17 January 2017

Washington County News. Carolyn Wilson, “When Canvas and Fabric Collide.” 4 January 2017

2016    Ambassador Magazine for the National Italian American Institute. December 2016.

HuffPost Arts & Culture. Stuart Gunter, “Reimagined Kaleidoscopes: The Art and Fashion of

Michelle Gagliano and Kari Bare.” 15 May 2016.

HuffPost Arts & Culture. Stuart Gunter, “Artist Michelle Gagliano Paints Dante’s Inferno.” 15 March 2016.

2015    Heather Harris. “New Gallery Seen a Cultural Hub.” Rural Virginian, 2015.

“New Work by Paul Tamanian, Michelle Gagliano and Richard Currier.” The Best of New Orleans, 2015.

            “The Art and Alchemy of Michelle Gagliano.” Dear Velvet. November 24, 2013.

2013    Southwest Art Magazine. Bonnie Gangelhoff, “Where Are They Now” October 43 (5), 2013.

Studio Visit Magazine Vol 24, Juried Artists, Boston, MA

The Daily Progress, Zainab Al-Sayegh, “The Gender Gap in the Art World”, Charlottesville, VA

The Art and Alchemy of Michelle Gagliano, Dear Velvet, http://dearvelvet.com

2012    The Piedmont Virginian. Kathy Christie, “Painters of the Piedmont”. Autumn, 2012.

2009    Biller, Steven. “Where the Art Is.” Guest Life Houston, 2009

2008    Peck, Renée. “Art is Icing on the Space.” The Times-Picayune, October 25, 2008

Genet, Malcolm. “Michelle Gagliano: Art for Arts’ Sake.” New Orleans: Angela King Gallery, October 2008 

Barth Linda. “The Art’s the Star”, Houston House and Home (January 2008): 36-43.

2006    Latter, Ruth. “Art World Review.” The Daily Progress, November 2006.

“Under the Ash Tree.” Cover image. Explore the Journal of Science and Healing, March 2006.

2004    Osterman, Julie. “Artist to Watch.” Southwest Art Magazine 34, no. 5 (October 2004): 34.

“Neo-Naturalist of Texas.” Glasstire: Texas Visual Art Online, September 2003.

2002    “Timeless Italian.” Houstonian House and Home 2, no. 6 (June 2002).

2001    Cow Parade Houston. New York: Workman Publishing, 2001 (78-79, back cover).

 

Born Jamestown, NY 

 

EDUCATION

MFA, American University, Washington D.C.

BFA, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY (summer residency)

Top of Page