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Michael A. Palmer
December 8, 1942


Universities of Kentucky, Kansas City & Hawaii
University of New Hampshire, BFA 1970


Michael Palmer has lived and worked in Key West for most of the last two decades, and also spends time in Maine. Having painted professionally for 42 years, his work is well collected both here and abroad. Mr. Palmer is listed in the "Who's Who in Art." He has exhibited in many museum shows, art centers and fine galleries throughout the United States and Canada and his paintings are part of several museums' permanent collections. Collectors and critics alike have given his art much praise and serious attention.

Many of Palmer's works have an abstract quality that makes them intriguing. He depicts rooftops, narrow streets, bird's eye views of cityscapes or people going about their everyday business with an unmistakable architectural approach. Over time, his emphasis has been put more on form and design in his work, and less on content and narrative. The architectural pieces are wonderful studies in perspective, shadow effects, horizontal and vertical lines and broken geometrical shapes, always in a deliberately subtle color palette.

Michael is known for systematically combining paint and ink: although he admits that he often begins a painting without any preconceived plan. However, he always finishes it with minute drawings in ink.



Solo Exhibitions:

Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000,
   1999, 1998, 1997
Hawthorn Gallery, Alabama 2003, 2001
Button Gallery, Michigan 1999 – through 2003
Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock, VT 1999 through 2003
Van Ward Gallery, Maine 1998, 2000
Arts Exclusive, Simsbury, CT 1997 through 2002, 1995, 1993, 1988, 1977
Lane Gallery, Key West, FL 1993, 1992, 1991
PS Galleries, Ogunquit, ME 1992, 1990, 1988, 1986, 1982
Spartansburg Art Center, Spartansburg, SC 1986
PS Galleries, Dallas, TX 1985, 1983, 1981
ELCA London Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada 1986, 1983, 1978
Heirloom House, Dallas, TX 1984, 1982, 1978, 1976
Mickelson Gallery, Washington, DC 1982, 1978
Hobe Sound Galleries, Hobe Sound, FL 1977, 1975, 1973
Treat Gallery, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 1975, 1972
Shore Gallery, Boston, MA 1975, 1972
Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL 1975
Ogunquit Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 1976, 1974, 1973, 1971
The Point Gallery, Kittery Point, ME 1973, 1970
Berwick Academy, South Berwick ME, 1971
Bray Hampton Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1965

Group & Juried Exhibitions:

Ogunquit Art Association, Annual, Ogunquit, ME 1971 through 2003
Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences, Evansville, IN 1995
Key West Art & Historical Museum, 1995
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 1993
East Martello Museum, Key West, FL 1988, 1991, 1993
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME 1976,1979,1980,1981
Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit, ME 1975,1978,1985 through 2004
   (Two Purchases for Permanent Collection)
1st International Bankers Art Collection, 1978 (Best in Show Award)
DeCordova Museum of American Art, Lincoln, MA 1976 (Purchase Award)
American Painters in Paris, France 1976
Addison Museum of Art, Andover, MA:
   '76 Maine Artists, 1976 (Traveling Exhibition Throughout U.S.)
   “Young New England Artists,” 1975
XX International Drawing & Small Sculpture Exhibition, Ball State College,
   Muncie, IN 1973
XXII National Society of Painters in Cassein & Acrylic, NY 1973,1974 (Morton Shur Award)
XXI American Drawing Biennial, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA 1972
1st Annual Drawing Society, High Museum, Atlanta, GA

Gallery Affiliations

Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL
Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock, VT
Van Ward Gallery
Hawthorn Gallery
Hanson Gallery
Button Gallery, Michigan
Arts Exclusive Gallery, Simsbury, CT
Ogunquit Arts Collaborative, Ogunquit, ME
Accent Gallery, Ocean City, NJ
Trendz Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ
77 Gallery, Soho, New York, NY
Gallery M, Denver, CO

Related Affiliations

Board of Directors, Monroe County Art & Historical Society, Key West, FL
   Collections Chairman 1993-1996
Ogunquit Art Association, Ogunquit, ME, President



Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
U. S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia
Key West Museum of Art and History, Key West, FL
DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA
Colby College Museum, Waterville, ME
University of Maine, Orono, ME
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME


National Commerce Bank, Hartford, CT
International Bankers Art Collection, Orlando, FL
Consumers National Bank, Fort Worth, TX
Preston State Bank, Dallas, TX
Aetna Insurance, Hartford, CT
Hartford Life, Hartford, CT
Bristol, Myers, Squibb
Searle Pharmaceuticals
The Rockefeller Family Collections
Honorable Edmund S. Muskie
The Gertrude Mellon Collection
The William Mellon Collection
Bill Cosby


“Maine Remembered” (cover & chapter #7) by Betty Joyce 1993, 1994
Southern Living by J. Mellichamp January 1969
Art Visions Magazine July 1981
Who’s Who in Art 1982
Better Homes & Garden January 1985
Key West Citizen Newspaper 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Solares Hill Newspaper 1998 through 2004
Miami Herald 2000 through 2004
L’Attitudes 2000 through 2004
Art Business News 2004
Art World News 2004


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