Assistant Teaching Professor, 2014-present, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Painting)

Set in Stone, 2020
Oil on canvas
36 x 45 inches

Stone Stuck Eyes, 2020
Oil on canvas
54 x 72 inches

Brief Biography

Michael Stillion is an artist, teacher, and curator who received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is an assistant teaching professor at Miami University teaching painting and drawing. His honors include two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, a Joan Mitchell full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and a full-year fellowship to the Roswell Artist in Residence. His work has been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Roswell Museum of Art, Marshall University, Art Chicago, and SpringBreak Art Show, New York.

Artist Statement

This murky, moody painting began at the start of the pandemic in 2020. My painting went from punchy, chromatic imagery to a slow, meticulous, and monotone composition. Inspired by grisaille paintings, particularly Van Eyck’s The Annunciation Diptych, these paintings represent still-lifes made of stone perched on contained pedestals. The stone subject cracks and crumbles under the erosion of history, reflecting our current conditions.

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