Meet the Juror:
Where Black and White make Beauty of the Grays of Life.
He was born and reared in Toledo, Ohio and at an early age was recruited to an arts program for gifted children at the Toledo Museum of Art. He received his BFA and MFA at The Ohio State University, majoring in painting. He has taught at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican College/University, Muskingum College/University, Ohio University Zanesville, and built an art program at Cambridge High School.
His paintings use asphalt and alkyds as his main mediums. Michael and Kathleen’s gallery has hosted several international venues such as the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. They also exhibit various group shows and artists from Ohio. He curated The Winding Road A to Z, (The New Appalachian Art) at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio and the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics in 2017. His work is shown nationally and recently, Michael and Kathleen’s work was in Cuba during the Cuban Biennial. Seilers’ Studio has also hosted summer residencies. Together they have encouraged artists of all types to come and live in a post-industrial city: to restore and rebuild homes, lofts, storefronts, and studio spaces, and to participate in the full spectrum of the arts - writing, theater, music, and dance. Their studio is a gathering place for generating ideas.
He is a member of, and has served as the president of the Artist Colony of Zanesville. He was involved in the beginnings of the Zanesville Appalachian Artist Project where he also served as president and one organizer of the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. He is always recruiting, join him in Zanesville.