Michael Stewart is accomplished in a variety of art forms including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and multi-media video installation. His work ranges from realism to abstraction to non-figuration, and he occasionally delves into protest art addressing urgent socio-political situations. His sculpture “Collapse of the Patriarchy” was recently selected for inclusion in the Phillip’s Collection exhibit “What a Relief: Small Sculptures” at Phillips@thearc in Washington, DC. In 2020, he created a multi-media installation incorporating video and sculpture entitled “Reckoning: An Installation on Political Power, Greed and the Climate Emergency,” which was exhibited in public parks throughout New York City. A politically themed show called “States of Heads: Unauthorized Portraits” was created by Stewart in 2004 and exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast.
Stewart received a BFA from Wittenberg University, where he studied graphic design and fine arts. He later studied painting with David Leffel and Frank O’Cain at the Art Students League in New York City; sculpture with Martine Vaugel at the National Academy in New York City; collage and multi-media assemblage with Stuart Diamond in New York City and at Bennington College in Vermont; and printmaking with Bill Behnken and Michael Pelletteri at the Art Students League.