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. 

Michelangelo Lovelace

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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,
                          Cleveland, Ohio
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


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


2019 Armstrong, Annie. “Here’s the Exhibitor List Expo Chicago 2019”, ARTnews, June 3.
“’Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary” at California African American Museum”, Blouin Artinfo,
March 26.
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,      
                        July 26.
                        Oprea, Mark. “Michelangelo Lovelace Paints a True Picture of America in a New Exhibit”, Cleveland Magazine,
                        July 15
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?”,, 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”.