Michael Fels

Associate Professor of Art, Chair of the Dept. of Art & Art History & Interim Associate Dean of Elon College, College of Art & Sciences
Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 102E
2810 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
mfels@elon.edu (336) 278-5597

Brief Biography

A mixed-media artist, Michael D. Fels received his M.F.A. in printmaking.

His art has been shown in places ranging from Taiwan, New Zealand, Chicago, DC and New York City.  He has current exhibitions running of both 2 and 3 dimensional works in materials ranging from steel, wood, glass, concrete and more. Primarily a site-specific installation-artist, Michael’s is exhibiting a combination of new and older work. Interests of wabi-sabi and the inculcation of material syntax, the juxtaposition of varying materials, direct the work.

Michael D. Fels taught for ten years at The Pennsylvania State University before joining the faculty at Elon University 12 years ago. Department Chair, Head of the Foundations area, and Exhibition Coordinator at Elon, Fels continues his exploration of art and its physical boundaries through both his teaching and his artmaking.









2009-Current                        District Gallery, Park City, UT


2005-2009                MIWAA Gallery, NYC, NY




1992   M.F.A. Penn State University, University Park   

1989   B.F.A. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Courses Taught

Classes Taught

Professional Practices, Senior Seminar (466 & 467), Interactive Art, Silkscreen, Fundamentals of Design, Introduction to 3-D Art, Installation Art, Drawing, Introduction to Painting, ECF 211 2nd Year Seminar, Elon 101, Global Studies (Service Learning Living/Learning Community GST110), Mixed Media and Metaphor, FNA 265 Fine Arts Study Abroad: Italy


Leadership Positions

2014                           Interim Associate Dean of the School of the Arts and Sciences

2012-current             Chair, Department of Art & ARH

2006-current             Exhibition Coordinator, Gallery 406, Isabella Cannon Room, and the campus Sculpture Walk Area Manager, Art & ARH Arts West Woodshop

2002-current             Foundations Area Director, Department of Art & ARH



Solo exhibitions:

2014         Signorelli’s Dream for a Greener Earth, ARS Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI                                                                                                                   


Public Art, Garden City, MI, Mancelona Mary, Scarab Club Gallery, Detroit, MI Public Art Collection, Detroit, MI


What Went Wrong, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

New Works, MWAA Gallery, NYC, NY

Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC


The Walk of Wabi-Sabi, Hodson Gallery, Frederick, MD


Recent Work, The Gallery, Chicago, IL  

 Interpretations, Mount St. Marys University, Washington, DC


Abstract Reality, (Invitational) Millersville Gallery, Millersville University, PA                      

Group Exhibitions:


Center for Visual Artists, Sculpture Show, Greensboro, NC


Art Kit, Bi-Annual Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon, Elon University Elon, NC


Tri-State Sculptors Annual Exhibition, Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


7 Eleven Art for Art, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

 Annual Small Works Invitational, New Art Center, Kutztown, PA

Bi-Annual Faculty Exhibition, Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC


New Works, Center For the Arts Gallery, Towson, MD

Annual Small Works Invitational, New Art Center, Kutztown, PA

Tri-State Sculpture Works, Arts West Gallery, Elon, NC


The Stable, (Invitational) The District Gallery, Park City, UT

 Intermedia, (Invitational) Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC

 The Winter Show, Greenhill Gallery, Greensboro, NC


Tri State Sculpture Annual Exhibition, The Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

 Annual Small Works Invitational, New Art Center, Kutztown, PA


Tri State Sculpture Annual Exhibition, Wellington Gay Gallery, School of Art & Design, Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Annual Small Works Invitational, New Art Center, Kutztown, PA


New Works, MWAA Gallery, NYC, NY

 What’s THAT, Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville,VA

 Elysiana, 48 Hour Film Festival, Showings:

·Univ of Chapel Hill, School of Communication, Chapel Hill, NC

·Historic Greensboro Theater, Greensboro, NC.    


New Works, MWAA Gallery, NYC, NY

 The Suitcase Show (traveling exhibition of sculpture)


                                    Snowhite Gallery, Waganui, New Zealand

                                    Percy Thomas Gallery, Stratford, New Zealand

                                    Corbon Estates Art Center, Waitakere, New Zealand

 Tri State Sculptors Annual Exhibition, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian University, Boone, NC

 Art Works, (Invitational), New Art Center, Kutztown, PA           

 Hang it Up, Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC      

 Deconcealed, White Building, Mebane, NC


Suitcase Show (traveling exhibition of sculpture)         


                                    Delta State University, Wright Art Center, Clevland, MS

                                    Caldwell Arts Council Chamber, Lenoir, NC

                                    East Carolina University School of Art, Greenville, NC

                                    Community Council for the Arts, Kinston, NC

                                    Transylvania County Arts Council, Brevard, NC

 Recent Works, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC


Suitcase Show (traveling exhibition of sculpture) (Invitational)          


                        Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

                        Redux Studios, Charleston, SC              

                        Morings Gallery, Randolph County Art Guild, Asheboro, NC

                        Elon University, Model Center for the Arts, Elon, NC

                                    Wired Moring Arts Center, Asheboro, NC

                                    Off the Wall, Isabella Cannon Gallery, Elon University



Greensboro Artist League Exhibit, Greensboro, NC. Received the Honorable Mention Award from the Juror, Greg Shelnutt, Director of Art at Clemson University

Sculpture Exhibition, Weems Art Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Suitcase Show, (traveling exhibition of sculpture) (Invitational) University Gallery, UNC-Asheville, NC

 Biannual Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon Gallery, Elon, NC    


Elon University

2013               Elon University Summer Research Fellowship

2007               Elon College Excellence in Teaching Award        


2012               National Council for Arts Administrators: Emerging Arts Administrator Fellowship

1999               Penn State University Teaching Excellence Award (only one awarded from all 19 campuses)


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