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He currently is Professor of Art at Bowling

Green State University, and serves as a

National AP Studio Art Reviewer. Arrigo has

taught painting at Studio Arts Center

International in Florence, Italy and served for

two years as the director of Young Artists at

Work, a nationally recognized arts outreach

program for young adults.

Michael Arrigo

Michael Arrigo is a multi-disciplinary artist

based in Toledo, Ohio. He received his M.F.A.

in Painting and Drawing from the Ohio State

University and has been included in many

national juried and invitational exhibitions.

He has received a G.C.A.C. Individual Artists

Fellowship, and awards from The Columbus

Museum of Art, The Maser Museum of Art and

The Toledo Museum of Art.

Recent solo exhibitions include Crumbs Gather

in the Folds at the Mariani Gallery in Greeley

CO; Packing Up at Cascade Gallery in Portland,

OR; and Interface with Jake Rowland at the

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery in Miami FL.

“People die, often at the hands of other

people. Death, however, cannot die. This is

perhaps one of the things that make it

troubling and powerful. Death cannot do what

it is and therefor it persists in being.

Similarly, words cannot speak. They cannot

bring themselves into being. Euphemisms are

the words that we humans breathe into

existence because we dare not speak the

words that cannot speak themselves- words

that might actually materialize the world as it

is. Euphemisms are the words we speak to

bring a less troubling more convenient world

into existence, a parallel world of alternative

facts (thank you Kellyanne Conway). Spade, A

Spade is an attempt to lay some of the

euphemisms of drone warfare to rest.”

Michael Arrigo | April 2018

Spade, A Spade

Digital imaging on canvas | 183 x 245 cm



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