Michael Jones McKean

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Michael Jones McKean (born March 2, 1976) is an American artist. He is known primarily for his large-scale installations and sculptures dealing with issues of narration, complexity, representation, materiality and failure.

Life and career[edit]

McKean was born on Chuuk Island (formally Truk Island) in Micronesia. His family moved to the United States in the late 1970s settling in Arden, Delaware. McKean attended Marywood University, a small liberal arts college in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000.[1] Two years later he received his Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in Western New York State.[2]

He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010.[3] McKean has also been awarded grants and residencies from the Nancy Graves Foundation,[4] the Artadia Foundation,[5] the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center,[6] the International Studio and Curatorial Program,[7] The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts,[8] the Archie Bray Foundation and The Core Program at the Glassell School/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.[9]

Since 2006 McKean has taught in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University | VCU School of the Arts where he is an Associate Professor.[10]

External links[edit]


  1. "An Evolving Turn: A conversation with Timur Si-Qin, Michael Jones McKean and Pablo Larios," DIS, April 2013.
  2. Q & A with Clayton Sean Horton and Michael Jones McKean
  3. "Priscilla Frank, "Michael Jones McKean To Build Rainbow Over Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts," Huffington Post, May 2012.
  4. Eric Zimmerman, Interview: “The Historian and the Astronomer,” might be good, issue #98.
  5. Matthew Edgeworth, “In Conversation,” interview for the wake the saint the sound the branch, Project Gentili, Prato, Italy.
  6. Christopher Cook, Dissolving Logic in H2O, Exhibition Interview for The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, 6-13.


  • the wake the saint the sound the branch, text: Matthew Edgeworth, Stephen Lichty, images: Jacopo Menzani, published 2009, ISSN 1973-2163
  • Michael Jones McKean: Selected Projects 2003-2008", foreword by Brian Gillis, essay by Stacy Switzer, published 2009 ISBN 978-1-60585-702-2
  • "The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows", foreword by Diane Barber, interview with Christopher Cook, published 2007


  1. ^ http://www.marywood.edu/art/news-events/artist-detail.html?id=f192a879-5044-460c-9316-4253b1764ea0&pageTitle=Michael%20Jones%20McKean&crumbTrail=Michael%20Jones%20McKean
  2. ^ http://www.michaeljonesmckean.com/bio.html
  3. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/16827-michael-jones-mckean
  4. ^ http://www.nancygravesfoundation.org/grants.html#2001
  5. ^ http://artistregistry.artadia.org/registry/view_artist.php?aid=73
  6. ^ http://web.fawc.org/fellows
  7. ^ http://www.iscp-nyc.org/artists/alumni-profiles/2010/michael-jones-mckean.html
  8. ^ http://www.bemiscenter.org/residency/by_year/2004/michael_jones_mckean.html
  9. ^ http://www.mfah.org/fellowships/core-program/archive/
  10. ^ http://arts.vcu.edu/sculpture/portfolios/michael-jones-mckean/