About Michael E. Hockenbury

b. 1977, Michael E. Hockenbury brings his appetite for wonder and adventure in Northeastern Pennsylvania to creative works in oil. He was immersed in the classical methods of realism - both ancient Greek and Rome and European Renaissance at the now internationally renowned Waichulis atelier.

He spent years mastering fundamentals and principles of form, drawing and design. Through this dedication, experience,and his singular personality and perspective, Michael E. Hockenbury has not only found his voice, but has contributed to the contemporary American Renaissance of Realism with his noticable, unique use of color, composition, and vision. Often he finds broken, neglected pieces of the past recasts them for new roles and creating a new life of their own. Toys, emphera, fruit/vegetables, sarcasm, nature's little quarks, oddities and history takes his paintings beyond the surface in order to radiate the inner beauty of his compositions. Michael's work has been shown in numerous art shows including - Allied Artist of America, Salmagundi Club and the Butler Institute of American Art. He has been published in American Art Collector, The Artist's Magazine, and Creative Quartely. He is currently represented at Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

  • 9/2003-1/2006   Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, Marywood University (completed 42 Credits - did not complete) - Scranton, PA
  • 1998-2000           The Anthony Waichulis' Studio - Nanticoke, PA
  • 1995-1998           Associates in Commerical Art/Graphic Design, Luzerne County Community College - Nanticoke, PA
  • 2012-Present   Elliot Fouts Gallery - Sacramento, CA - Elliot Fouts
  • 2008-2010       Principle Art Gallery - Alexandria, VA
  • 2019   Strolling Through the Arts, Lewisburg, PA
  • 2018   SPCA of Luzerne County, SPCA Fence Art Project, Plains, PA
  • 2018   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2017   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2016   Landfillart Project - Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Shields Center for the Visual Arts, Marywood Universtiy, Scranton, PA
  • 2016   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2016   Art Kudos International Exhibition, 12th annual online juried competition Tapeworm
  • 2016   Green, Hockenbury, Hunter, 3-Man Show, Marquis Art & Frame, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2015   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2015   The Butler Institute of American Art, 79th Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
  • 2015   LCCC Faculty Alumni Exhibition: Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2014   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2014   This American Life, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2014   Landfillart Project - Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA
  • 2014   Heroes, Villains, Myths, Legends: Rehs Contempory Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
  • 2013   LCCC Faculty Alumni Exhibition: Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2013   Small Gems: Holiday Group Show: Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2013   Capturing Realism 2013: Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
  • 2013   EFG Grand Opening, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012   The Still Life Invitational, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012   EFG Grand Opening, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012   New Season - New Works, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2012   Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA - Daredevil
  • 2012   Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Misericordia University, PA, Capturing Realism 2011
  • 2011   Art Kudos International Exhibition, 7th annual online juried competition Unforeseen Predicament
  • 2011   The Salmagundi Club, 2011 Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exibition for Non-members, New York City, NY
  • 2011   The Butler Institute of American Art, 75th Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
  • 2011   ACOPAL's Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism
  • 2011   Spring Show, Vgogh Gallery, Kingston, PA
  • 2011   Upstream People Gallery - 12th Annual Realism
  • 2010   Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA
  • 2010   Kudos International Exhibition, 6th Annual Online Juried Competition - Sitting Duck / Too Close for Comfort
  • 2010   Students of Joel Carson Jones, Main Street Galleries - Kingston, PA
  • 2009   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2009   Capturing Realism 2009: The Waichulis Studio, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
  • 2008   Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries - Kingston, PA
  • 2008   35th Annual Yellow Spring Art Show - Chester Springs, PA
  • 2008   Atlanta Art Gallery, Realism Invitational Feat / The Waichulis Studio, Atlanta, GA
  • 2007   Cider Painters of America, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2007   The Allied Artists of America, Inc., The National Arts Club, New York City, NY
  • 2007   Recent works of The Waichulis Studio, San Marino Art Gallery, Pasedena, CA
  • 2007   Cultural Council of Luzerne County's, 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2006   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2006   Capturing Realism '05, MacDonald Art Gallery; College Misericordia, PA
  • 2006   Marquis Art & Frame 2nd Floor Gallery, Laundry Building; Scranton, PA
  • 2006   Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Artist's Showcase; F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2006   Upstream People Gallery - 8th Annual Realism
  • 2006   3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition
  • 2005   Cider Painters of America - Shavertown, PA
  • 2005   The Waichulis Studio presents Capturing Realism 2005, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
  • 2005   50th Fine Arts Fiesta, Innovation Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2005   The Gallery Project, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2005   Five Artist Invitational Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2004   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2003   Hudson Valley Art Association, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
  • 2003   Hazleton Art League, Hazleton, PA
  • 2003   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2003   Art & Jazz, Scranton, PA
  • 2002   Capturing Realism '02, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2002   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2002   The Allied Artists of America, Inc., 89th Annual Exhibition; The National Arts Club, New York City, NY.
  • 2002   The American Artist Professional League, 74th Grand National Exhibition; The Salmagundi Club - New York City, NY
  • 2002   Oil Painters of America, Brazier Art Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2002   The Salmagundi Club, 2002 Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exibition for Non-members, New York City, NY
  • 2002   Hazleton Art League, George B. Markle Gallery, Hazleton, PA
  • 2002   Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
  • 2001   Wyoming Valley Art League, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2001   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2001   Capturing Realism '01, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2001   Wyoming Valley Art League, WVAL Holiday Exhibit, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2001   One Man Show, M&T Bank, Pittston, PA
  • 2000   Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • 2000   Pennsylvania Northeastern Regional Art 2000, Scranton, PA
  • 2000   Audubon Artists Inc., The Salmagundi Club - New York City, NY
  • 2000   The Java Gallery, Solo Show, Luzerne, PA
  • 2000   Cafe.com, Gallery Nite II, Kingston, PA
  • 2000   Fine Arts Fiesta, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2000   Cafe.com, Gallery Nite I, Kingston, PA
  • 1999   Capturing Realism '01, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2019-Present   Lewisburg Arts Council Member, Lewisburg, PA
  • 2015-2018       Wyoming Valley Art League Board Member, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2008-2010       Wyoming Valley Art League Member, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2007-2011       Allied Artists of America, Associate Member, New York, NY
  • 2018   Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA - Marquis Awards: "In the Hot Seat"
  • 2017   Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA - Marquis Awards: "The Imposter"
  • 2016   Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 45 Runner-Up
  • 2015   Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 41 Runner-Up
  • 2014   Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 35 Runner-Up
  • 2013   LCCC Faculty Alumni Exhibition: Best of Show
  • 2012   American Art Collector, October Issue, Number 84 "Page 45" & "Up Coming Group Shows - Page 150"
  • 2012   American Art Collector, August Issue, Number 82 "Pulled Into Collecting: A Conversation with Michael Maibach - Page 49"
  • 2012   3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition Top Finalists Still Life
  • 2013   Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 27
  • 2011   Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA Daredevil
  • 2011   The Artist's Magazine - 28th Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life/Floral Category
  • 2011   Butler Institute of American Art - Honorable Mention
  • 2011   Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 23
  • 2011   ACOPAL's Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism, Finalist
  • 2011   Upstream People Gallery - Annual Realism Special Recognition
  • 2010   Cider Painters of America, CPA Award
  • 2010   The Artist's Magazine, October Issue "Competition Spotlight"
  • 2010   The Artist's Magazine, December Issue "Tips and Techniques"
  • 2010   6th Annual Online Juried Competition, Art Kudos International Exhibition - Sitting Duck & Too Close for Comfort
  • 2009   Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2nd Place for Front Page Design - Division 4
  • 2009   Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2nd Place for Page Design - Division 4
  • 2009   Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2nd Place for Graphic/Photo Illustration - Division 4
  • 2009   Cider Painters of America, Vgogh Gallery Award
  • 2009   The Artist's Magazine, 26th Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life/Floral Category
  • 2008   Art Matters, April Issue - "35th Yellow Spring Art Show"
  • 2007   Cider Painters of America, Still Life Award
  • 2007   The Cultural Council of Luzerne County's, 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition - Second Place
  • 2007   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2006   Cider Painters of America, Mertie Larish Memorial Award
  • 2006   Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 1st Place for Page Design Division 3
  • 2006   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2006   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Sports Story Daily
  • 2006   3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition Top Finalists Still Life
  • 2006   Upstream People Gallery - 8th Annual Realism Special Recognition
  • 2005   Cider Painters of America, Local Artist Excellence Award
  • 2005   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2005   The Citizens' Voice Newspaper, "Luzerne County's Top 100 Greatest Athletes"
  • 2004   Cider Painters of America, Johnston & Johnston Award for Local Artist Excellence
  • 2004   The Hazleton Standard Speaker, "Hazleton Art League Opens New Exhibit"
  • 2004   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2003   Cider Painters of America, Local Talent Award
  • 2003   The Artist's Magazine, 20th Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life/Floral Category
  • 2003   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2003   Miles of Mules, History with a Colorful Kick - Oxford Communications/The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
  • 2002   Allied Artist of America, Inc., Butler Institute of America Art Award
  • 2002   Cider Painters of America, Still Life Award
  • 2002   The Artist's Magazine, 2002 Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life Category
  • 2002   Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2002   Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Honorable Mention for Page Design Division 3
  • 2002   Salmagundi Club Non-Members Show, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Award
  • 2001   Wyoming Valley Art League, WVAL Holiday Exhibit - 3rd Place
  • 2001   Cider Painters of America, Still Life Award
  • 2001   Honorable Mention Graphics, Fine Arts Fiesta
  • 2000   Honorable Mention Graphics, Fine Arts Fiesta
  • 2013   Wyoming Valley Art League, Photoshop Workshop, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2008   Wyoming Valley Art League, Painting Instructor, Wilkes-Barre, PA