Michael Newhall



12100 Skyline

Los Gatos, CA  95033

408-741-9099 / 669-208-2166

michael.newhall@gmail. com  /


Birth date: April 7, 1945



1980-82    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA

1967-70    University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and Stevens Point, BS, 

                Comprehensive Fine Arts Major

1964-65    Art Students League of New York

1963-64    School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Professional Activities:

2004-       Jikoji Zen Center, Resident Teacher 

1989-02   Naropa Institute, Continuing Education, Boulder, CO; 

   instructor: watercolor, figure drawing, figure painting, meditation practicum, meditation forms and history

2000-02    Anderson Ranch Art Center; instructor, sumi brush painting, meditation

1997-99   Marpa & Associates, Boulder, CO; landscape design, model-making,  illustration

1995-98   Naropa Institute, Visual Art Department, Boulder CO; instructor: figure drawing, painting

1993-95   Jikoji Zen Retreat Center, Los Gatos, CA;  shuso, director

1976-92   Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, WI; free lance artist: illustration, book 

                production specialties

1992         School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Painting and Drawing Department,   instructor: multi-level painting

1992        Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI; instructor:


1992         Western Michigan University, Art Department, Kalamazoo, MI; 

                 instructor: figure drawing, drawing

1990-91    Mendicino Art Center, instructor, figure drawing, figure painting

1987         Osaka Institute of Arts, Osaka, Japan;  visiting artist, lecturer 

1984-87   Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Fine Arts Department, Milwaukee, WI; instructor: watercolor, drawing 

1984         School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Studio School, Chicago,  IL; 

                 instructor: figure drawing, figure painting

1983         School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  Painting and Drawing 

                Department, Chicago IL, instructor: figure drawing               

1977-79   Green Lake Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Berlin, WI; creative arts instructor

1975-77   Over the Edge Design Group, La Farge, WI; layout design and illustration 

1961-66   Jim Newhall Advertising, Madison, WI; illustration



1987         Wisconsin Arts Board Project Grant, Sculpture

1985         National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship, Painting

1984         Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI, Painting 

1982         Frederick J. Foster Traveling Fellowship Award, School of the Art 

                Institute of Chicago

1981         Robert Rice Jenkins Memorial Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago Print 

                and Multiple Exhibition

1981-82    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Scholarship Awards

1980         Wisconsin Arts Board, Artist Fellowship, Painting

1963         Scholarship Award, Milwaukee Journal, to the Art Students

                League of New York

1962         Scholarship, Painting Award, University of Kansas, The Fine

                Arts Summer School


One-Person Exhibitions:

2016         Enso Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA

2015         Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2001         Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

2000         Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2000         San Francisco Zen Center Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999         Trident Gallery, Boulder, CO

1998         Cindy Bordeau Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998         Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1989         Gallery of the Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO

1988         Cloud Cliff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1984         Halsted Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983         Bradley Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1983         Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine. WI

1982         Artventures Gallery, Green Lake, WI

1982         Oshkosh Museum, Oshkosh,WI

1982         Dobrick Gallery, Chicago, IL

1982         Ripon College Gallery, Ripon, WI 

1974         Edna Carlson Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI


Group Exhibitions:

2016         Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2015         University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2000        Buddhist Art, Oskar Friedel Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998         Faculty Show, Naropa Gallery, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO

1998         Cityscapes, Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1998         Portraits - Eye of the Beholder, Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1997         Faculty Show, Naropa Gallery, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO

1987         Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

1985         Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL

1985         Madison National Watercolor Exhibition, Edgewood College, 

                Madison, WI

1984         Watercolor Wisconsin, Wunstum Museum of Art, Racine, WI

1984         National Watercolor Invitational, Clark Art Center, Rockford 

                College, Rockford,, IL

1984         Chicago and Vicinity Show, Art Institute of Chicago

1983         Governor's Office Exhibition, Wisconsin Arts Board, Madison, WI

1983         Wisconsin 62: Wisconsin Painters and Sculpture Exhibition, UW 

                Milwaukee and Beloit College, WI

1982         Remains to be Seen, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

1982         Watercolors 1982, Bethel College, Saint Paul, MN

1981-83    The Art Institute of Chicago Print + Multiple Traveling Exhibition: Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL; National Academy of Design,  New York, NY; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL;Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Quincy, IL; University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

1982-83    Watercolor Wisconsin, Traveling Exhibition

1982         Watercolor Wisconsin, Wunstum Museum of Art, Racine, WI

1982         The Art Institute of Chicago, The School Show

1982         The Art Institute o…f Chicago, Fellowship Awards Exhibition

1982         Miniature Show, Exhibition of Small Works, Bradley Gallery,

                Milwaukee, WI

1981         Realist Watercolors from the Frumpkin-Struve Gallery, Traveling 


1981         Woodlands Patterns Gallery, Zen Benefit Show, Milwaukee,

1981         Four/Four Show, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1981         Print + Multiples, 79th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, The  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1975         Union Art League of Chicago, Chicago. IL

1972         Beloit Biannual, Beloit, WI

1969         University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Salon of Art, Madison, WI          Ø



Buddhadharma Magazine , illustration, 2014, 2017

Shambala Sun,  March 2001,  “Emotional Alchemy” article illustration: Closet Shrine, No. 4

Shambala Sun, January, 1999,  “The Hermit and the Activist”,  article illustrations of three Monk Head paintings: Monk Head Painting #32 (Actually You); Monk Head Painting #31 (Direction of the Wind); Monk Head Painting #30 (Round the Neighborhood) 

Turning Wheel, winter, 1999,  cover illustration: Monk Head,16

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 18, 1998, gallery review: James Auer, “Artist’s monk-head drawings form a vast exhibit of faith, love, hope.” illustration: Monk Head Painting, #2 (Cry Baby). 

Shambala Sun, May 1996, “The Monk Heads, Drawings by Michael Newhall.”  Five-page article including individual drawings, installation views and an artist’s statement.

Vajradhatu Sun, August September, 1989, “Portfolio - Michael Newhall”, Five reproductions from the Buddhafield Series, short biography.

Wisconsin Triennial 1987, 1987, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI,  Catalog - painting checklist, biography and the illustration: Hydra, Study No. 4

Watercolor Wisconsin ‘84, December, 1984, Charles A..Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI., Catalog - painting checklist and illustration: Yokobue (The Flute).

National Watercolor Invitational, 19B84, Clark Arts Center Gallery, Rockford College, Rockford, IL, Catalog - painting checklist, short biography and illustration: Kashiwagi (Fish Bowl Bhumi).

Michael Newhall: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1983, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, biography and the illustration: Hungry Ghost, No. 11.

The Milwaukee Journal, October 24, 1982, Museum exhibition review by James Auer: “Hungry Ghost Series at the Oshkosh Public Museum”, article and illustration: “Hungry Ghost Tree, East Face.”

Prints + Multiples, 79th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1981, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL., catalog - illustration: The Buddha Family (lithograph).