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Michael McCaffrey

Visiting Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall


For the past several years, Michael McCaffrey has been creating paintings and drawings of his 78-year old father, and his home in Lawrence, Kansas. In his painting process, Michael oscillates between recording accurate visual information and invented abstract forms. Through this process, a woven tapestry that captures a deeper, holistic view of his subject emerges.

Michael received a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas in 2006 before receiving an M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University. In the winter of 2016, Michael was awarded a two week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Michael exhibits both regionally and nationally. Recently, at Prince Street Gallery and First Street Gallery in New York, NY, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. In 2016, Michael's work was published in Manifest Gallery's International Painting Annual 5, and in 2015 he received an international grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation. From 2014-2017, Michael functioned as the Artist-in-Residence in Hashinger Hall at the University of Kansas. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas where he teaches, Painting, Drawing and Life Drawing.

Things I enjoy: Painting, Drawing, Fishing, Gardening (aka digging holes), My chickens, Kayaking, Running, Reading, Video Games, Teaching, Cooking, Science Fiction, Psychology, Philosophy

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