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Michael Francis studied at the Corcoran School of Art. He went on to receive his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. He completed his masters of fine arts at George Washington University and studied at American University. He has held positions at Trinity College, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Charles County Community College, and Prince George's Community College. He currently teaches at the Art League School in Alexandria. And also, he has studied and taught both individually and under the auspices of various institutions in Paris, Brittany, France, Madrid and Southern Spain, greece, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia and Iceland.

Solo Exhibitions
Michael has had numerous solo exhibitions in the Washington area including two at the Georgetown Gallery and one at the Hull Gallery as well as eight shows at Gallery K. In addition to these, he has been given individual shows through the following art organizations: The PG County Arts and Cultural Heritage Division; The Charles County Community Commission; The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, VA; The Emerson Gallery in McLean, VA; The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts ( a Virginia Museum affiliate) in Fredericksburg, VA; The Fells Point gallery ( sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art); and the Foundry on the Canal gallery ( sponsored by the U.S. Park Service).

Group Exhibitions
Group shows include the "'40-'80" exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; a two-person show at the 20th Century Gallery, Williamsburg ( a Virginia Museum affiliate); "The Washington Landscape Transformed" at GWU; "Views of Georgetown", at Georgetown University; a landscape exhibition at the Studio Gallery; "Realism and Representation: "New Work by 25 Artists" at the Arlington Arts Center; "Virginia Artists, Graphic Arts and Drawing Exhibition" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond; and a three-person exhibit "Cityscapes" at Gallery K.

Juried Shows and Awards
Juried exhibitions include the " Allied Artist Painting Competition", NY,NY; the "Juried Exhibition" by Jane Livingston at the Arlington Arts Center; and the "First Annual Landscape Competition" at the Tolley Gallery. Awards that Michael Francis has received include the "Virginia Prize for Painting", the" David Lloyd Kreeger Prize" ( First Place for Painting), and the "Wadell Award for Painting", He also was the recipient of the" William Wilson Corcoran Scholarship", the Virginia Museum Fellowship, and George Washington University Fellowships.

"The force of Francis' skill as a painter makes beauty the overriding effect here. The moody accuracy with which the painter conveys those establishments is not the only impressive feature in the painting, with Francis' work, you'd think you were actually right there on the avenue."- The Current

"Only a magician could turn the image of a Hecht's parking ramp into a work of art. And Michael Francis is just such a magician." - Nancy G. Heller, The Washington Post

"Add Michael Francis to that list of colorist whose best work seems so instinctive and effortless that it exhilarates the viewer and, at the same time, puts him at ease." - Roy Proctor, Richmond News Leader