MACOMB, IL - -The Western Illinois University Art and Design Department is hosting an Art Gallery honoring Macomb artist Michael K. Paxton for his work, “Interpolated,” on display until Thursday, Oct. 19.
Paxton is a well-established fine artist based in Chicago, with roots dating back six generations in West Virginia. His career spans fifty years, during which he has received several awards, including a grant from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. in New York, the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Visual Art Award and two professional development grants. Paxton has also been a fellow at Air le Parc, Project and Research Center in Pampelonne, France and at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, WY.
In addition, he has received the Marshall University Alumni Award of Distinction and Individual Artist Program Grant from DCASE, six Professional Development Grants from Columbia College, two CAAP Grants, Open Studio Residency from the Department of Cultural Affairs and a Purchase Prize from the Chicago Federation of Labor all in Chicago.
Paxton holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from The University of Georgia, which he obtained in 1979 and a Bachelor of Art from Marshall University, which he received in 1975. He retired from the faculty of Columbia College Chicago in Art and Art History and Design Departments in 2021.
Admission is open free to the public. For more information about the gallery, visit wiu.edu/artgallery.