BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Kay Gallery Presents Mike McConnell Elsewhere

By Editorial Team on April 24, 2017

Sat, 29 April 2017 - Sat, 10 June 2017

Mike McConnell, David’s Tie, Acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.
Mike McConnell, David’s Tie, Acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.


Reception: Saturday, April 29 from 2pm to 4pm


Artist Talk: Saturday, May 20 at 2pm

Aggressively manipulating paint, wax crayon and ink on the hard surface of his hand-built cradled wood panels, Mike McConnell first applies pigment with a brush then uses single edge razor blades to draw and scrape into the fields of color. His often playful and visually complex compositions are built using a collage-like process where the artist cuts out shapes and converts the history of his initial painting into a new conversation. A keen observer who paints intuitively, McConnell usually turns to nature for inspiration to create bold and vibrant works that reflect his varied interests and memories in abstracted scenes filled with patterns and witty narratives.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present Mike McConnell Elsewhere from Saturday, April 29 through Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Kay Gallery. The center will host a Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, April 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The artist will deliver brief remarks and be on hand to answer questions throughout the reception. Mike McConnell will return to BlackRock on Saturday, May 20 to deliver an Artist Talk and a Gallery Tour at 2:00 p.m. with the discussion focused on the creative process and techniques the artist uses to create the work on display. Both the Meet the Artists Reception and the Artist Talk & Gallery Tour events are free and open to the public.

Mike McConnell earned his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1975 and worked for more than 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for advertising agencies and design firms in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 2012, McConnell has focused exclusively on his fine art studio practice and since 2015 has maintained a studio at The Motor House in Baltimore, MD. The award winning artist is a 2016 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at School 33, Baltimore, MD; and The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA; as well as in regional and national juried group exhibitions at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD; Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY. To learn more, visit:

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.