Broken Trunk

Micheal Ousley





  •  Masters of Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing. The University of Cincinnati School of Art, College of DAAP.


  •  Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum Laude): Morehead State University, Department of Art. Morehead, KY.


  • Professional Teaching Certification Program: Art Education (K-12).

  • Morehead State University: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.


 -Outstanding undergraduate art student award: from the         Dean of Humanities.


       Professional License or Certifications:

  • Professional Teaching License for Visual Art K-12.



  • Full Graduate teaching assistantship and tuition waiver. The University of Cincinnati.

  • Regents Scholarship. Morehead State University.

  • Visual Art Scholarship: Morehead State University.



      Professional Experience:

 Instructor for Art Education and Studio Art @ Ashland Community College.

 Lecturer and member of Graduate Faculty: Morehead State University. (Instructor of record for the following courses:

     Fall Semester

     Drawing I (Licking Valley Center)

     Drawing II, III, IV, and Graduate Drawing. (Big Sandy Extension Center)

     Color Foundation. (Main Campus)

     Advanced Independent Studies

     -Spring Semester (Main Campus)

      Painting I-IV and Graduate Painting

      Directed Graduate Research

  • Summer Session Semester

       Drawing I-V and Graduate Drawing

       Painting I-V and Graduate Painting

       Advanced Independent Studies

       Directed Graduate Research


       Instructor of Record for the following studio courses.

  • University of Cincinnati (graduate teaching assistant)


       Overture Academy. Taught Life Drawing to High School Honors Students.

       University of Cincinnati: Instructor of Record.

        School of Art.

  • Basic Drawing I (Fall Quarter)

  • Methods and Concepts of Color Theory (Winter Quarter)

  • Basic Drawing III (Spring





      Selected Exhibitions



       Wright State University. Drawing from Perception.

       Old Fashioned Day’s Juried Exhibition.

       Pendleton Art’s Center Group Show. Ashland, Ky.


       Something in the Water. Juried Group Exhibition of Regional Artist’s. Morehead State University.

       Morehead State University: Juried Alumni Exhibition, Morehead, KY.

       Panel Speaker for symposium of Appalachian Artist’s: A current perspective.


       Small Works Juried Exhibition. Evansville, IN.

       All Ohio Juried Exhibition: The Pearl Conrad Gallery. The Ohio State University of Mansfield, OH.

       The Hills. (Exhibition of Regional Artists of Southern Ohio). The Pump House Art Gallery. Chillicothe, OH

 From a Man's Perspective: Exhibition of works by male artists of

 Southern Ohio. Pump House Gallery, Chillicothe, Oh.


       Invitational Group Show @ Heike Pickett,  Lexington, Ky. 


       Four Seasons, Sherry French Gallery, N.Y.

       Group Show, Cuyahoga Community College

 Three Person Show, High Lonesome. Antioach University, Yellow Springs, Ohio.


 79th Midyear Exhibition, Butler institute of American Art

 Images of The Mountains: Traveling Exhibition of Eastern     Kentucky Artists.  Appalshop. Whitesburg, KY.

 62nd Annual Exhibition of The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic



 From Where We Stand, group exhibition @ Thomas Moore College.

       Juried Show, Art Access Gallery, Bexley, Ohio.

        Images of the Mountains (traveling juried exhibition),            Appalshop @ Whitesburg, Ky. juror ArturoSandoval


       Aqueous Southwestern Ohio Group exhibition by Invitation

       42nd Annual Exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society

       Bryn Du Annual National Juried Exhibition, juror Mary Gray of         Riffe gallery.


        43rd Annual Exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society

        Blue Mountain Galley National Juried Exhibition, NYC. juror             Martica Sawin

        Ohio Art League Fall and Spring JuriedExhibitions.

         Remembered Exhibition, Dayton Society of Artists Galleries.           Dayton, Ohio. 1st Place Award/juror Annie Lee Zimmerle.


          One in a Year, The Painting Center. NYC.




    Solo Exhibitions and Residencies


  • Selected Works: Ashland Community and Technical College.


  • M.F.A Thesis Exhibition: Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery. University of



  • Recent Paintings: The Mountain Arts Center. Prestonsburg, KY.


  • Something on the Wind: Morehead State University.

  • Huntington Museum of Art painting residency and study with Alfred Leslie.

  • Arc of the Appalachia's Artist in Residence 2020

  • North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV.

  • 'Id rather be in some Dark Holler", Dayton Society of Artists. 2021



     Committees, Lectures, and Papers, Activities:


  • Juror for ‘Evening with the Art’s’, a district wide exhibition of Schools Art’s for the Community.


  • Attended the National Art Education Conference in Los Angeles, California.

       This consisted of numerous workshops and symposiums on effective teaching

       Techniques, curriculum development, multicultural art education, technology in art education, and teaching across the curriculum.


  • Guest Speaker for statewide Appalachian Arts: Forum. Morehead State University.


  • Juror. State High School Juried Exhibition. Morehead State University.



  • B.F.A Candidate Review Committee:

       I reviewed a large group of students applying for candidacy to the B.F.A program. Along with other committee members I provided criticism to these         students and voted on their candidacy.

  • Guest Critic. University of Cincinnati.

  • Served on Committee to review applicants for the M.F.A program. University of

       Cincinnati, School of Art.


  • B.F.A Review Committee: University of Cincinnati.

  • Served on Committee to review applicants for the M.F.A. program. University of



  • President for the Morehead State University Visual Arts Guild.

       I was responsible for organizing various group activities, fund raising

       Activities, and directing meetings. I also assisted in the organization of the

       Guild and its first constitution and participated in organizing a trip to

        Chicago for the Guild.


    Public and Private Collections:


        The Ashland Community College


        The Ashland District of the United Methodist Church


        Collection of Highlands Regional Medical Center,             Prestonsburg, Ky.


        Morehead State University


        Collection of Dr. Bernard and Theresa Greisman


        Collection of Mr. Eric Bruvold


        Collection of Dr. Jonathan Reiss


        Collection of Mr.Randall Sackerson


        Collection of Professor Robert J. Franzini


        Collection of The Ohio State University of Mansfield..


        Various Private Collections


         Collection Needham, Mass.

         Collection Austin, TX.

         Collection Lynchburg, Va.

         Collection Buckhannon, WV.

         Collection Verona, Wi.