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Michael Torlen

Associate Professor Emeritus of Art+Design

Michael Torlen is a painter, printmaker, writer, and associate professor emeritus of the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, where he taught painting and drawing for several decades and also served as dean in the late 1980s. He moved to Maine in August 2015 and is currently writing a book on perception and studio practice. His current gallery affiliations in Maine are with Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, and Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island.

Torlen has been an artist in residence at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, and at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. His work is in the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, Housatonic Museum of Art , Springfield Art Museum, and the Stetson University Museum, and in many corporate and private collections. He has exhibited in New York with Luise Ross Gallery and Alexander Miliken in New York City, and with Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in Scarsdale and Miranda Art Projects Space in Port Chester. In Maine, he has shown work at Jonathan Frost Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, and Bayview Gallery, among others, and at Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island. His work appears in David Little and Carl Little’s book Art of Acadia and in Carl Little’s Paintings of Maine.

Education

  • BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • MFA, Ohio State University

Awards

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching