Faculty and Alum in Pair of Solo Exhibits at Gross McCleaf Gallery

Two solo exhibits at the Gross McCleaf Gallery this month feature PAFA artists. Check out faculty Michael Gallagher's exhibition "Infinition," and graduate of the PAFA/UPenn coordinated BFA, Mickayel Thurin's "Awakening."

Michael Gallagher painting, Blue Nocturne
Michael Gallagher, Blue Nocturne, 47" x 42" Acrylic and chalk on paper mounted to panel


"A Philadelphia-native, Gallagher spent his formative years studying at the venerated Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) which is well-known for alumni and pedagogy dedicated to the practice of observational painting traditions. Throughout the 1980s, Gallagher adhered to many classical oil painting techniques while experimenting with a blending of shapes and imagery. This approach has been the theme of his work for nearly forty years. Gallagher is the recipient of five Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he has taught painting and drawing for several decades. After numerous successful solo and group exhibitions in the region, Michael Gallagher is now represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery." —gallery text

Mickayel Thurin's artwork, The Veil
Mickayel Thurin, The Veil, 16.5" x 12" Mixed media on panel


"Mickayel Thurin is a Haitian American artist who grew up in the Mid-Atlantic region. She completed a four-year certificate and BFA in a joint program through the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Thurin is the founder and executive director of Seen Heard Connected, a nonprofit organization bringing awareness and financial assistance to marginalized people. Three portraits and audio recordings of interviews from the Seen Heard Connected program are part of Awakening. Thurin lives and works in Philadelphia with her husband, fellow artist Benjamin Passione, and their son, Maurice. She is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery, and this is her second solo show." —gallery text

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.