Michael Drolet was born in Montreal and currently lives and works out of Whitby, Ontario. Michael is an emerging artist who completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 2014, where he specialized in sculpture. Upon graduation Michael received the Suzanne Rivard-Le Moyne Award, Second Prize, which is awarded to a graduating student who has exhibited quality work at the year-end exhibit. Michael has most recently shown at Quest Art School and Gallery in the TD National Art Prize and has shown work at The Living Arts Centre, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brantford.
Michael's current work maintains influences of geometrical shapes, methods of construction and spatial relationships that all cohesively work to produce comments on abstraction. To explore new avenues of expression as well as techniques, ideas are conceptually sourced from architecture, philosophy, and science. Michael's artworks regularly synthesize through a process of conceptual research and thematic ideas being pursued in the experimentation of popular mediums.
2021 Digital Media Skills Certificate. OCAD University
2020 Social Media Marketing, CDAM104, The Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
2020 Exhibition Design, Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Remote, Berlin
2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts with minor in Psychology, specialization in sculpture, University of Ottawa
2016 Equate, Lee Contemporary Art, Juried Exhibition Space, Self Curated
2016 Stasis, Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Self Curated
2016 We & Me, Roadside Attractions, Curated by Roy Kohn and Kate Vasyliw
2015 Equipoise, Gallery A, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Self Curated
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Sculpture 2021, John B. Aird Gallery, curated by Robert Birch
2018 TD Bank - Thor Wealth Management National Art Prize, Exhibition Finalist, Quest School of Art & Gallery, Curated by Stuart Keeler, Renée van der Avoird, and Carol-Ann Ryan
2017 Show.17, Idea Exchange – Queen’s Square Gallery, Curated by Iga Janik
2017 Durham Reach, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Curated by Linda Jansma and Sonya Jones
2016 Significant Objects, The Living Arts Centre, Curated by Lee Petrie
Grants/ Awards/ Residencies
2022 Career Catalyst: Project Grants for New Generation Artists, Ontario Arts Council
2022 Visual Artists Creation Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2021 RBC Continuing Studies Creative Professional Skills Fund
2018 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artist Creation Project Grant
2015 Gallery A with Art Lab, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Nov.3rd – Jan.3rd 2016
2014 Suzanne -Le Moyne Award, Second Prize, University of Ottawa
Public Art/ Commissions
2020 Rift. 15 Lower Jarvis, Front Lobby. Toronto, ON.
2020 Fold. 15 Lower Jarvis. Toronto, ON.
2021 Reflections on Sculpture. Grapevine Magazine Summer issue
2017 Akimbo Art, Akimbo on Instagram/ Akimbo Connects, In-progress documentation
2015 Interview with Gallery A Artist: Mike Drolet www.thermg.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/interview-with-gallery-a-artist-mike-drolet/
Artist Talks/ Presentations
2017 Art Tour, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, March 17th
2016 Artist Talk and Workshop, Dylan Ellis Gallery, July 10th
2015 Artist Talk, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Gallery A, Dec.6th
2022 Committee Member, Fine Art and Foundations in Art & Design Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Durham College
The Daniels Corporation. Toronto, ON
GalleryExpress, Fine Art Services, Toronto, ON
Private Collection, Texas, USA
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