Michael Anthony DeLuca

Michael Anthony DeLuca


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    Artist's Biography

    Michael was born in Philadelphia,PA, and currently lives and works in Paoli, PA. He earned his MFA in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and his BFA in Painting from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. For a brief period of time, he also studied Painting and Drawing at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Since graduating from Indiana in 2002, Michael has been teaching all levels of Drawing as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Arcadia University. Michael’s work has appeared in numerous gallery and university exhibitions across the United States, including “Drawing Resurfaced II” at Purdue University Galleries, “The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial” at Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design, and “Drawn 4th and 5th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing” at Manifest Gallery.

    He was the recipient of CFEVA’s (Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA)Emerging Artist Fellowship, and has appeared multiple times in the publication New American Paintings.Michael understands drawing as a medium unto itself. Working exclusively with pastel on paper, he uses 2-dimensional graphic shapes as subject matter to explore ideas of gesture, motion, and cause & effect. His shapes are flat, but malleable; minimal, but full. Sometimes they’re observed, and sometimes they’re invented. Either way, it’s their ability to expand, stretch, slouch, or bend that interests Michael the most.

    Artist's Statement

    I’m interested in visual oppositions, particularly the tangible versus the intangible, the two-dimensional versus the three-dimensional, and the graphic versus the atmospheric. I’ve been working from flat silhouettes that I cut out and mount on highly reflective paper. I place these shapes in a context out of time and illuminate them with a single top light. I then create drawings from them, where the process can last several days pushing and pulling endless amounts of subtle information.
    I gravitate towards shapes with specific gestures within them. I think of them as being flat, but malleable; static, but expressive. I’m not interested in the grand or flashy gestures, just a simple nudge or bend is enough. Ultimately, I see these awkward but earnest shapes taking on figurative characteristics that playfully comment on the human condition.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Juried Exhibitions

    Drawing Resurfaced II, Purdue University Galleries, Lafayette, IN

    Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design, MI(Juror, Claire Gilman, Senior Curator at the Drawing Center, NY)

    Drawn 4th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

    Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH 2017

    Black and White Exhibition, FusionArt, Palm Springs, CA

    Black and White, Colors of Humanity Online Gallery

    Small Works: 41st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine, IL (Juror, Leah Kolb, Curator of Exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, MMoCA)

    Reflection, Media Arts Council and Gallery, Media, PA(Juror, Robert Straight)

    55th Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA(Juror, Katherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO)

    Works On/Of Paper, Brick Red Gallery, New Orleans

    LA Drawn 5th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing,Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Annual Juried Exhibition, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA (Juror, Thora Jacobson, Executive Director for the Philadelphia Art Alliance)

    Black & White 2018, Bauhaus Prairie Online Art Gallery

    Non-Juried Exhibitions

    CFEVA Group Exhibition, SEI Corporation, Oaks, PA

    Fall Group Exhibition, CFEVA Gallery, Philadelphia,PA

    PAOff the Wall, CFEVA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    PACFEVA Group Exhibition, American College, Philadelphia, PA

    CFEVA Group Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    PACFEVA Group Exhibition, William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia,PA

    PACFEVA Group Exhibition, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Baltimore Bound, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

    Small Works, Morgan Lewis and Bockius, Philadelphia, PA


    Collaboration: The Center at Chashama, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
    CFEVA Artists-DCCA, Wilmington. DE

    Emerging Artist Exhibition, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Annual New Talent Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery

    On the Persistence of Drawing, Arcadia University Art Gallery

    Revolutions in Making,Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

    Professional Experience


    Arcadia University, Department of Visual & Performing Arts Assistant Professor of Drawing

    Professional Organizations


    Member of PSNJ -Pastel Society of New Jersey
    Member of IAPS -International Association of Pastel Societies
    Member of Art Design Carta


    Best in Show, Open Drawing Competition, Glasgow School of Art

    Ruth C. Grant Distinguished Achievement Award, Arcadia University

    Visual Artist Fellowship, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia PA

    Distinguished Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty

    First Place, Black & White 2018, Bauhaus Prairie Gallery
    Second Place, Reflection, Media Arts Council, Media, PA (Juror, Robert Straight)
    Third Place, 55th Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA (Juror, Katherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO)


    Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Scotland
    Painting & Drawing

    Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
    BFA, Painting

    Continuing Education
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    MFA, Painting