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Mike Glier is a peripatetic artist whose work describes an exchange with the natural world. Working “en plein air”, his recent paintings incorporate sound, touch, smell and taste as well as sight to record the complex experience of being in the landscape. In recording these sensory experiences, what distinguishes Glier’s work is his ability to push the boundaries of the plein air painting beyond its common associations towards abstraction and the transcendental. Unexpected shapes, fresh color chords and surprising arrangements slip harmoniously between representational and abstract moments in Glier’s work, capturing the natural world with energy and imagination.
Solo exhibitions of Glier’s drawing and painting have been presented at a variety venues including The Kitchen, NY, The San Jose Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, NY and The Philbrook Museum, Tulsa. The Drawing Center, NY, The Tyler Gallery at Temple University, and the Opalka Gallery at the Sage Colleges, Albany, NY have sponsored national touring exhibitions of his work. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and his work is represented in many public collections including The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Albright Knox Museum, The Clark Art Institute, The Minneapolis Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The San Diego Museum of Art. Glier is the Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art at Williams College