J. Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy has been painting full-time since 1997, but his interest in art started from the first time he held a crayon. He never outgrew a fascination with drawing and color. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design in 1981 from Youngstown State University, he worked in advertising for 14 years as a designer and later Art Director while continuing to study painting. He was first invited to join Waterfront Gallery in Charleston in 1995, and is now represented by 4 galleries throughout the Carolinas. He has studied with Albert Handel, Martin Ahrens, Joyce Nagel, William Jameson and Kim English. His work encompasses landscapes and cityscapes of the Southeast Coast, emphasizing the color that our subtropical sun brings to life in this region.

Honors:

2011 “Scattered Clouds” chosen as cover of Charleston Life Magazine

2006 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition Best in Show, Mayor’s Purchase Award

2005 Charleston Maritime Festival Invitational Exhibit, Chairman

2004 Charleston Maritime Festival Invitational Exhibit, Chairman

2003 Southern Living Magazine Idea House, Raleigh

2003 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition, 3rd Place

2000 First Federal of Charleston Exhibition, Honorable Mention

2000 Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, Invitational Exhibit

1999 Charleston Artist Guild Annual Exhibition, Purchase Award

1999 Medical University of South Carolina, Invitational Exhibition

1999 “Garden Party” chosen as cover of Lowcountry Galleries Magazine

1998 Atalaya Fine Art Exhibition, Purchase Award

1998 Atalaya Fine Art Exhibition, 2nd Purchase Award

1998 Charleston Artist Guild Annual Exhibtion, Honorable Mention

1997 Charleston Artist Guild Annual Exhibition, Purchase Award

1995 Charleston Artist Guild Annual Exhibition, Purchase Award