AFTER MAJORING IN ILLUSTRATION at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Glenwood Gibbs worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in a telecommunication firm’s graphics department before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator.
Michael has worked with a diverse and impressive list of clients, including national magazines and newspapers, major corporations, colleges and universities, book publishers, trade associations and others. He has also produced posters for theater, opera, and other clients. His illustrations have received peer recognition from the cream of the crop in the industry, including the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration and others.
His work has been exhibited the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, the Edison Gallery in DC’s gallery district, Billy Shire Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, the Corcoran Museum, the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD, the Art Institute of Washington, 87 Florida Gallery in Washington, DC, the Cafritz Arts Center Gallery in Silver Spring, MD, and the gallery at Montgomery College.
In addition to a full time illustration career, he has been involved in printmaking at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, and Studio 23 in Richmond, VA, focusing on mezzotints, etchings, letterpress and creating handmade artist’s books.
(Just a note: Many years ago I painted traditionally, working under my given name of Michael Gibbs. When I started working digitally, I decided to use my middle name, Glenwood, to differentiate my digital style from the more “painterly” style for which I was known. I now work only digitally, and generally under the Glenwood name. But yes, Michael Gibbs and Michael Glenwood are one and the same.)