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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SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Upcoming)

2019

The Land, Paintings from 1994 – 2016, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York

2018

Good People with Bad Habits, Front Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2015

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

2013



A Retrospective Exhibition of the Art of Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio

2012

Living for the City, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2011

Between the Cracks, Spaces 237 Gallery, Toledo, Ohio

2009

Erotic Drawings, Lindsay Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Kibibi’s Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2006

Exotic Drawings and Prints of Michelangelo Lovelace, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2005

The Reverend & Michelangelo, Headfooters Outsider Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

2004

Urban Landscape, Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio

2003

Artist of the Month, Gallery Hessam, Cleveland, Ohio

2002

Urban Paths, Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Bolton Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2001

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

2000

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

1999


City Life, The Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio

1998

Growing up in the Hood, Progressive Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Mayfield Village, Ohio
F.A.V.A. Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio

1997

The Colonial Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Jazz Exhibition, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

1995


Growing up in the Hood, Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio

1994

You Have the Right to Remain Silent, The Black Box Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Café Africa, Cleveland, Ohio

1993

Afrocentric Expression, Ujima Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1991

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, California

2019

CAN Triennial ‘18, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio

2018

Fandom 216, Three-Venue Exhibition: Waterloo Arts, Hedge Gallery, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2016

How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
The First 100+ Days, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

2015

Heritage Through Visual Rhythms: National Juried Art Exhibition, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Black, Wilberforce, Ohio

2014

Intuitive Visions, Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2011

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2010

Each in Their Own Voice, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2009

SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2008

Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Chicago Outsider Art Fair Lindsay Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007

Visual Tales: Art by Michelangelo Lovelace, Gail Newman and Paul W. Patton, The Cleveland Artist Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2005

Outsider Art Fair, Keny Galleries Booth, New York, New York

2004

43rd Biennial Hallinan-Ursuline Religious Art Group Show, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio
Distinct Voices: Four Cleveland Artists Group Exhibition, Headfooters Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2003

48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

2002

Cleveland Biennial, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2001

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

2000


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

1999


An American Regionalism in The 21st Century, William Bust Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

1998

N.B.A. All Star Weekend, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

1997

Tension: Three Artists Respond, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio

1996

Cleveland Artist Rock: A wop a look bop, a wop boom, Cleveland, Ohio
Martin Luther King Library, Cleveland, Ohio

1995

Ethnic Expression Art Show, Lakeland Community College, Lakeland, Ohio

1994

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

1993


Art Bash, The Hodge School Artist Complex, Cleveland, Ohio

1990

Summer Festival, Cedar Estate August, Cleveland, Ohio

1989

The Artist Focus “88”: A Designated Bicentennial Event, Chapter of Link, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Just Stop and Listen, Lima, Ohio

1988

Summer Festival, Fairfax Recreation Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Festival, Carver Park Estate, Cleveland, Ohio

1987


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, California

2019

CAN Triennial ‘18, Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland, Ohio

2018

Fandom 216, Three-Venue Exhibition: Waterloo Arts, Hedge Gallery, Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2016

How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
The First 100+ Days, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

2015

Heritage Through Visual Rhythms: National Juried Art Exhibition, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Black, Wilberforce, Ohio

2014

Intuitive Visions, Wall Eye Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2011

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2010

Each in Their Own Voice, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2009

SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2008

Bruno Casiano Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Chicago Outsider Art Fair Lindsay Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007

Visual Tales: Art by Michelangelo Lovelace, Gail Newman and Paul W. Patton, The Cleveland Artist Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

2005

Outsider Art Fair, Keny Galleries Booth, New York, New York

2004

43rd Biennial Hallinan-Ursuline Religious Art Group Show, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio
Distinct Voices: Four Cleveland Artists Group Exhibition, Headfooters Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2003

48 Hours of Art, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

2002

Cleveland Biennial, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

2001

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

2000


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

1999


An American Regionalism in The 21st Century, William Bust Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

1998

N.B.A. All Star Weekend, Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

1997

Tension: Three Artists Respond, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio

1996

Cleveland Artist Rock: A wop a look bop, a wop boom, Cleveland, Ohio
Martin Luther King Library, Cleveland, Ohio

1995

Ethnic Expression Art Show, Lakeland Community College, Lakeland, Ohio

1994

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

1993


Art Bash, The Hodge School Artist Complex, Cleveland, Ohio

1990

Summer Festival, Cedar Estate August, Cleveland, Ohio

1989

The Artist Focus “88”: A Designated Bicentennial Event, Chapter of Link, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Just Stop and Listen, Lima, Ohio

1988

Summer Festival, Fairfax Recreation Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Festival, Carver Park Estate, Cleveland, Ohio

1987

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Artist

2015

Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio

2005

Creative Workforce Fellowship

2003

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

2000



Cleveland School of Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting

1999

Ohio Art Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting

1997

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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2019


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.
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Halle, Howard. "The top five New York art shows this week", Time Out New York, April 30.

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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 7.

2017



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

2016




Collins, Elena Harvey. “Michelangelo Lovelace: Meet Me at the Crossroads”, MOCA Cleveland.
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Usmani, Josh. “Michelangelo Lovelace Discusses Community, Art at Happy Dog Tonight”, Clevescene, July 9.

2015



Chilcote, Lee. “Creative Workforce Grants Support Artists While Transforming.
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2013

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2007

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2001

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2000