Born in 1960 in Cleveland, OH. Lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has been presented in solo exhibitions at Springfield Museum of Art in Ohio, Cleveland School of the Arts, Progressive Insurance Corporate Headquarters, and University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been included in group exhibitions at MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserves University. Lovelace won the Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist in 2015 and multiple Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants for Painting. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Art Collection, and Springfield Museum of Art. Lovelace is represented by Fort Gansevoort, New York.
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019 EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Upcoming)
2018 The Land, Paintings from 1994 – 2016, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York
2015 Good People with Bad Habits, Front Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2013 The Neighborhood, The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery at Shaker Historical Society, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Streetology: Cleveland Through the Eyes of Michelangelo Lovelace, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio
2012 A Retrospective Exhibition of the Art of Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve,
2011 Living for the City, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2009 Between the Cracks, Spaces 237 Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
2006 Erotic Drawings, Lindsay Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Kibibi’s Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
2005 Exotic Drawings and Prints of Michelangelo Lovelace, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio
2004 The Reverend & Michelangelo, Headfooters Outsider Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2003 Urban Landscape, Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio
2002 Artist of the Month, Gallery Hessam, Cleveland, Ohio
2001 Urban Paths, Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Bolton Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2000 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
1999 Growing Up in the Hood, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Humphrey Atrium Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
1998 City Life, The Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
1997 Growing up in the Hood, Progressive Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Mayfield Village, Ohio
F.A.V.A. Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio
1995 The Colonial Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Jazz Exhibition, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1994 Growing up in the Hood, Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio
1993 You Have the Right to Remain Silent, The Black Box Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Café Africa, Cleveland, Ohio
1991 Afrocentric Expression, Ujima Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2019 Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles,
2018 CAN Triennial ‘18, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio
2016 Fandom 216, Three-Venue Exhibition: Waterloo Arts, Hedge Gallery, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio
2015 How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
The First 100+ Days, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
2014 Heritage Through Visual Rhythms: National Juried Art Exhibition, National Afro-American Museum and
Center Black, Wilberforce, Ohio
2011 Intuitive Visions, Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2010 Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
2009 Each in Their Own Voice, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
2008 SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
2007 Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Chicago Outsider Art Fair Lindsay Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2005 Visual Tales: Art by Michelangelo Lovelace, Gail Newman and Paul W. Patton, The Cleveland Artist
Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
2004 Outsider Art Fair, Keny Galleries Booth, New York, New York
2003 43rd Biennial Hallinan-Ursuline Religious Art Group Show, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio
Distinct Voices: Four Cleveland Artists Group Exhibition, Headfooters Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
2002 48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
2001 Cleveland Biennial, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
2000 2nd Annual National Arts Program, The Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood, Ohio
Life in the City, The Beck Center for the Arts/ The Cleveland Arts Foundation, Lakewood, Ohio,
1999 48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
M. G. Slimes, Lakewood, Ohio
63rd Annual Mid-Year Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
1998 An American Regionalism in The 21st Century, William Bust Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
1997 N.B.A. All Star Weekend, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio
1996 Tension: Three Artists Respond, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
1995 Cleveland Artist Rock: A wop a look bop, a wop boom, Cleveland, Ohio
Martin Luther King Library, Cleveland, Ohio
1994 Ethnic Expression Art Show, Lakeland Community College, Lakeland, Ohio
1993 In Plain View: Three Artist Exhibition, The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Artist of Color Surmounting Fences and Artworld Censorship, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
1990 Art Bash, The Hodge School Artist Complex, Cleveland, Ohio
1989 Summer Festival, Cedar Estate August, Cleveland, Ohio
1988 The Artist Focus “88”: A Designated Bicentennial Event, Chapter of Link, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Just Stop and Listen, Lima, Ohio
1987 Summer Festival, Fairfax Recreation Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Festival, Carver Park Estate, Cleveland, Ohio
RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist
2005 Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio
2003 Creative Workforce Fellowship
2002 Rozelle Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio
2000 Linden School, Elyria, Ohio
Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Oberlin, Ohio
Y-Haven Two Program Painting Class, Carl B. Stokes Building, Cleveland, Ohio
2nd Place Award, 2nd Annual National Arts Program Exhibit and Contest for City of Cleveland
1999 Cleveland School of Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting
1997 Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
Progressive Insurance Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York, NY
The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Figge Museum, Davenport, Iowa
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Kansas
Allen Art Museum at Oberlin, Cleveland, Ohio
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, New York
2019 “’Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary” at California African American Museum”, Blouin Artinfo,
2018 Neuendorf, Henri. “Here Are the 150 Artists Making Billboards for Every US State as Part of Hank Willis
Thomas’s Midterm Election Project”, Artnet news, October 9.
“Art Inspired by This Season’s Books: What happens on Page 76 in five new titles, as envisioned
by the artist Michelangelo Lovelace”, T: The New York Style Magazine, September 26.
K. Scott, Andrea. “Goings on About Town”, The New Yorker, June 18.
Steinhauer, Jillian. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”, The New York Times, May 31.
Marchini, Gloria. “Michelangelo Lovelace”, Outsider Art Now, May 3.
Dawn Graves, Cassidy. "Feminine Power, Queer Nightlife, and More Art This Week", Bedford and Bowery, April
Halle, Howard. "The top five New York art shows this week", Time Out New York, April 30.
2017 PBS. “Artist Michelangelo Lovelace, Community Gardening”.
Zip Code: The Hidden Vital Sign, “Artist Michelangelo Lovelace”.
Chambers, Angela. “’Art of Dissent’ Reflects Dissatisfaction With The Status Quo”, Wish Cleveland, September
2016 Steinhauer, Jillian. “The Cleveland Artists Waiting For Donald Trump”, The Guardian, July 16.
Utter, Douglas Max. “In Cleveland, Two Artists Picture the Ugly Realities of American Politics”, Hyperallergic,
Oprea, Mark. “Michelangelo Lovelace Paints a True Picture of America in a New Exhibit”, Cleveland Magazine,
2015 Collins, Elena Harvey. “Michelangelo Lovelace: Meet Me at the Crossroads”, MOCA Cleveland.
Hayes, Ebony L. “Looking Back from the Future at Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.”, MOCA Cleveland.
Usmani, Josh. “Michelangelo Lovelace Discusses Community, Art at Happy Dog Tonight”, Clevescene, July 9.
2013 Chilcote, Lee. “Creative Workforce Grants Support Artists While Transforming.
‘Rust Belt’ Into ‘Artist Belt’”, FreshWater, January 10.
2007 Millner, Gloria. “An Editorial: What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, Cleveland.com, September 17.
“The Art World’s Weekly Roundup”, New York Social Diary, September 18.
2001 Fox Channel 8, “Artist of the Week”.
2000 Fox Channel 8, “My Life’s Work: Featured Story of the Day”.