mehstudio.com

HOME   •   ABOUT   •   FINE ART   •   GRAPHIC DESIGN

ABOUT

Biography

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, Scacramento, CA.

If you have any questions/comments or would to email Michael - meh_19@yahoo.com

Art Education

1998 - 2000

  • The Anthony Waichulis Studio, PA
  • 1995 - 1998

  • Commerical Art/Graphic Design, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • Galleries

    2012 - Present

  • Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA - Elliot Fouts
  • 2008-2010

  • Principle Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA
  • Exhibitions/Sites

    2016

  • Landfillart Project - Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for the Visual Arts, Marywood Universtiy, Scranton, PA
  • Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2016 Art Kudos International Exhibition, 12th annual online juried competition - Tapeworm
  • Green, Hockenbury, Hunter, 3-Man Show, Marquis Art & Frame, Wilkes-Barre
  • 2015

  • Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • The Butler Institute of American Art, 79th Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
  • LCCC Faculty Alumni Exhibition: Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 2014

  • Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • This American Life, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • Landfillart Project - Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA
  • Heroes, Villains, Myths, Legends: Rehs Contempory Galleries, Inc. New York, NY
  • 2013

  • LCCC Faculty Alumni Exhibition: Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • Small Gems: Holiday Group Show: Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • Capturing Realism 2013: Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Misericordia University, PA
  • EFG Grand Opening, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012

  • The Still Life Invitational, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • EFG Grand Opening, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • New Season - New Works, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2011

  • Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA - Daredevil
  • Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Misericordia University, PA - Capturing Realism 2011
  • 2011 Art Kudos International Exhibition, 7th annual online juried competition - Unforeseen Predicament
  • The Salmagundi Club, 2011 Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exibition for Non-members, New York City, NY
  • The Butler Institute of American Art, 75th Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
  • ACOPAL's Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism
  • Spring Show, Vgogh Gallery, Kingston, PA
  • 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
  • Students of Joel Carson Jones, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 2009

  • Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • Capturing Realism 2009: The Waichulis Studio, College Misericordia, PA
  • 2008

  • Cider Painters of America, Main Street Galleries, Kingston, PA
  • 35th Annual Yellow Spring Art Show, Chester Springs, PA
  • Realism Invitational Feat - The Waichulis Studio, Atlanta Art gallery, GA
  • 2007

  • Cider Painters of America, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • The Allied Artists of America, Inc., The National Arts Club, New York City, NY
  • Recent works of The Waichulis Studio, San Marino Art Gallery, Pasedena, CA
  • Cultural Council of Luzerne County's, 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2006

  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • Capturing Realism '05, MacDonald Art Gallery; College Misericordia, PA
  • Marquis Art & Frame 2nd Floor Gallery, Laundry Building; Scranton, PA
  • Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Artist's Showcase; F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Upstream People Gallery - 8th Annual Realism
  • 3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition
  • 2005

  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • The Waichulis Studio presents Capturing Realism 2005, College Misericordia, Dallas, PA
  • 50th Fine Arts Fiesta, Innovation Center; Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • The Gallery Project, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA
  • 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.
  • Hazleton Art League, Hazleton, PA
  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • Art & Jazz, Scranton, PA
  • 2002

  • Capturing Realism '02, Nanticoke, PA
  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • The Allied Artists of America, Inc., 89th Annual Exhibition; The National Arts Club, New York City, NY.
  • The American Artist Professional League, 74th Grand National Exhibition; The Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY
  • Oil Painters of America, Brazier Art Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • The Salmagundi Club, 2002 Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exibition for Non-members, New York City, NY
  • Hazleton Art League, George B. Markle Gallery, Hazleton, PA
  • Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
  • 2001

  • Wyoming Valley Art League, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • Capturing Realism '01, Nanticoke, PA
  • Wyoming Valley Art League - WVAL Holiday Exhibit, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • One Man Show, M&T Bank, Pittston, PA
  • 2000

  • Cider Painters of America, Shavertown, PA
  • Pennsylvania Northeastern Regional Art 2000, Scranton, PA
  • Audubon Artists Inc., The Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY
  • The Java Gallery, Solo Show, Luzerne, PA
  • Cafe.com, Gallery Nite II, Kingston, PA
  • Fine Arts Fiesta, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Cafe.com, Gallery Nite I, Kingston, PA
  • 1999

  • Capturing Realism '01, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Instructor Positions/Lectures/Affiliations

    2015 - Present

  • Wyoming Valley Art League Board Member
  • Wyoming Valley Art League Member
  • 2013

  • Wyoming Valley Art League, Photoshop Workshop, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2008

  • Wyoming Valley Art League, Painting Instructor, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2007-2011

  • Allied Artists of America, Associate Member
  • Publications/Misc. Published Awards

    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"
  • American Art Collector, August Issue, Number 82 "Pulled Into Collecting: A Conversation with Michael Maibach - Page 49"
  • 3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition Top Finalists Still Life
  • Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 27
  • 2011

  • Cider Painters of America, Kingston, PA - Daredevil
  • The Artist's Magazine - 28th Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life/Floral Category
  • Butler Institute of American Art - Honorable Mention
  • Creative Quarterly, Journal of Art and Design - Issue 23
  • ACOPAL's Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism, Finalist
  • Upstream People Gallery - Annual Realism Special Recognition
  • 2010

  • Cider Painters of America, CPA Award
  • The Artist's Magazine, October Issue "Competition Spotlight"
  • The Artist's Magazine, December Issue "Tips and Techniques"
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2nd Place for Page Design - Division 4
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 2nd Place for Graphic/Photo Illustration - Division 4
  • Cider Painters of America, Vgogh Gallery Award
  • 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
  • The Cultural Council of Luzerne County's, 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition - Second Place
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2006

  • Cider Painters of America, Mertie Larish Memorial Award

  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, 1st Place for Page Design Division 3
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Sports Story Daily
  • 3rd Art Renewel Center- Salon Competition Top Finalists Still Life
  • Upstream People Gallery - 8th Annual Realism Special Recognition
  • 2005

  • Cider Painters of America, Local Artist Excellence Award

  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • The Citizens' Voice Newspaper, "Luzerne County's Top 100 Greatest Athletes"
  • 2004

  • Cider Painters of America, Johnston & Johnston Award for Local Artist Excellence
  • The Hazleton Standard Speaker, "Hazleton Art League Opens New Exhibit"
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 2nd Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 2003

  • Cider Painters of America, Local Talent Award
  • The Artist's Magazine, 20th Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life/Floral Category
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place Best Tabloid Page Design
  • 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
  • Cider Painters of America, Still Life Award
  • The Artist's Magazine, 2002 Annual Art Competition Finalist Still Life Category
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, 1st Place for Best Tabloid Page Design
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Honorable Mention for Page Design Division 3
  • Salmagundi Club Non-Members Show, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Award
  • 2001

  • Wyoming Valley Art League, WVAL Holiday Exhibit - 3rd Place
  • Cider Painters of America, Still Life Award
  • Honorable Mention Graphics, Fine Arts Fiesta
  • 2000

  • 2000 Honorable Mention Graphics, Fine Arts Fiesta