Graduate/Former Instructor Michalski Earns Major Art Honor

Lennon Michalski photo

 Lennon Michalski, a 2004 Eastern Kentucky University art graduate and former adjunct instructor in the Department of Art and Design, was featured  in Oxford American’s most recent issue, 100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art.”

Michalski was nominated by Ann Tower, owner and director of the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington, and his work will appear on Oxford American’s online portion of the magazine featuring 60 artists. To view some of Michalski’s work, visit

Herb Goodman, chair of EKU’s Department of Art and Design, said the honor for Michalski “is a stepping stone to some more really serious recognition, as in the Whitney or major gallery. The (100 under 100) List is, in part, to bolster the sometimes notion that the South isn’t necessarily a bastion of contemporary art. It is also meant to identify brilliant artists and bring them national attention. Lennon had to complete with a fair number of folks to be selected.

“We are proud of Lennon but, in a way, not surprised. He is a talented person who studied under inspired teachers,” Goodman added. “Most of our students are quietly successful – teaching, designing, making great art. Lennon’s recognition brings to light EKU’s unique community of emerging artists, designers and scholars of extraordinary promise.”

Tower said: “Since his undergraduate days, Lennon Michalski has been an intuitive and prolific painter, creating large-scale works that depict an imaginative world full of beauty, danger, and comedy. His inventive machines, animals, and strange figures reside in a parallel universe that he renders in fragile line-drawings held together with luminous layers of color. It is clear that Michalski loves the medium as much as the message.”

Michalski, who went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Colorado, created one of the LexArts horses last year, and his work is prominently placed in the EKU Center for the Arts.

Published on March 15, 2012

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