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Michael Burmeister

doug zucco Adjunct Professor


Visual Foundations
Drawing 1 and 2
Painting 1 and 2


MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
BFA, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant - major in Photography and minor in Art History and Outdoor Education


Michael Burmeister's work has been exhibited regionally at colleges and galleries that include The Creative Alliance, Baltimore; Decker Gallery of The Maryland Institute College of Art; the ISE Cultural Foundation, NYC, and Towson University, Towson, MD. In 2009 and 2011 he was awarded the Vermont Studio Center Residency, and he was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant in 2008. In addition to teaching at Moravian, Mr. Burmeister has also served as Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and Visiting Artist/Critic at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.

Artist Statement:

Web, Oil on Canvas,
40" x 32", 2010.

I consider myself an abstract painter who can’t put the dog of representation down. The last few years have witnessed my work moving through pattern, geometric abstraction, knotted finger-drawn swiggles, and text, all in the attempt to move away from the figure. This, so it seems is foolhardy, due to the fact that there is always some tricky figurative residue in my paintings. It always finds its way back in.


With this being said, and to be brief (we all have things to do), I have been taken by the cause of the in-between. I think about the Sublime with a Burkeian thorn in my side, I think of things that seem to constrict that need to, or should be loosened. This is an open description, I admit, but the things that percolate while in the studio daily exploring my subconscious building up and tearing down a painting generally include, psychology, spiritual questions, and politics.  


Presently, I’m walking a painting road that is intentionally ideosyncratic and has a figure/character/guy waving his hand off in the distance in my direction. It has taken a few years to see this vision for myself and make peace with it. This coming year should prove to be interesting.