I start with materials that are available to most hands—paper, scissors, paint, and glue— and set out to transform them into spectacles of the handmade. Central to this practice is a belief that this kind of work can communicate expressions of generosity through its visual abundance. It also seeks a dialogue with those attributes of our shared creative heritage where we do more than what is 'necessary' to things—we adorn. -Michael Velliquette
Michael Velliquette’s work spans from larger-than-life installations to small mixed media pieces, but all carry the theme of turning everyday materials into spectacular scenes of abstraction. His structural and complex pieces have earned him numerous awards and fellows and have appeared in many solo national and international exhibitions. Michael Velliquette earned his BFA from The Florida State University and MFA from The University of Wisconsin- Madison, where he is currently a Professor of Art.
Sparkle Vision City – Ridgewood, Queens, NY; Always Look Up! Bexar County Courthouse, San Antonio, TX.
Museum of Wisconsin Art; Art Museum of South Texas; San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; John Michael Kohler Museum of Art - WI; Children’s Hospital - Boston MA.