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About Michael Parr
    Visual artist,  Michael Parr grew up interested in the arts, history and literature.  He completed a BA degree at Central Michigan University and a MALS degree at the University of  Michigan; he taught middle school language arts and was a high school librarian until retirement. During that time  he pursued his interest in art,  taking evening classes at the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts;  studying under Denise Lisiecki,  Alex Hall and Joshua Dietrich.

In 2007 Michael entered an atelier program at Kenneth Freed Studio where he received a  grounding in  two dimensional art and rigorous training in various paint mediums.  

Michael currently teaches drawing classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kirk Newman Art School and welcomes commissions.  His  works have been accepted into numerous Michigan juried shows, and have been purchased by private individuals in Michigan and nationally.

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Selected Awards

2008   Best of Show,  Social Justice, Juried                        Competition,   Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
2015   Best of Show, Annual Regional Juried Art             Exhibit,  Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three              Rivers, MI
2016    Honorable Mention, Annual MCC Juried             competition, The Box Factory for the Arts,
            St.  Joseph, MI