Michael Volker was born in Saginaw Michigan the oldest of nine children. While he was a young boy his family spent their summer vacations visiting Michigan’s many natural and historic sites. It was during these journeys that Volker began to develop an intimate relationship with nature and a passion for human history. Volker is a self-taught artist who grew up drawing and painting. Throughout his life he had periodically created, exhibited, and often sold work; however he still had a desire for a formal education. A professional musician who came up during the “Michigan Rock” era, Volker eventually left the “road” in his late 30s to pursue a degree in the visual arts. Since earning his M.F.A. at Central Michigan University the artist has exhibited extensively at Galleries, Museums, and Juried exhibitions. Volker spent four years under exclusive contract to Bensen Galleries, LTD, in Arlington Heights, Chicago, IL, where a limited edition print of his work “Passing Storm”, was published. His monotype “Pond at Evening”, was featured in the “Journal of the Print World”, after he won the Senator Leo J. Roizer award at the 2004 Annual Alma College Statewide Print Competition. His work is in the permanent collection of Alma College, Central Michigan University Park Library, and Saginaw Valley State University, as well as many private collections throughout the U.S. Volker has conducted many demonstration/workshops, critiques, and lectured at various art institutions throughout the state. He also taught as a Visiting Instructor in Art and Design at Alma College between 2001 and 2006, and served on their Art and Design Advisory Board for two years. Volker now teaches at Central Michigan University as a Lecturer III in Painting and Drawing. Volker is also a member of Oil Painters of America. He maintains a studio in his home in Muskegon, MI., which he shares with his wife Sarah.
Michael's ArtPrize Entries
These are Michael's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Michael's Past Work
These are images of past work that Michael has done.