Michael Gibbs has been a freelance illustrator since the early '80s. After majoring in architecture for a year at the University of Maryland, he attended Pratt Institute as a photography major, switching to illustration in his final year.
Michael's style has evolved from traditional painting to a unique blend of traditional and digital techniques, with frequent forays into purely digital illustration. He was an early devotee of the Macintosh, Photoshop and digital illustration, and has been using the Mac and Photoshop since shortly after their introductions in the mid-eighties.
Clients include magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Government Executive Magazine, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, and ComputerWorld; corporations such as United Airlines, Verizon, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Boston Consulting and Oracle; institutions including Johns Hopkins, the IMF, American University, and Harvard University; publishers like Harper Collins, Dell Books, TOR Books, Ziff-Davis and Random House; newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York TImes, The Hartford Courant, The Dallas Morning News, and The Boston Globe; and associations such as the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, American Society of Industrial Security, The American Bankers Association, and many others. He has also done posters for theater, notably the Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, The Virginia Opera, and the Pittsburgh Opera. His artwork was also used for the logo of SenArt Films, producers of such films as The Station Agent and Fog of War.
In the past 5 years, he has also worked extensively under the name of Michael Glenwood (his middle name), with considerable success and garnering a number of awards from most of the organizations listed below...
His illustrations have received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual, Print, American Illustration, Spectrum Annual of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The Illustrators Club of Washington, the IABC, the Addies, and others. He has won Gold and Silver awards from the Society of Illustrators of LA, was honored with a Spectrum Gold Medal award in 2004, and wond multiple Silver Addy awards for his posters for the Pittsburgh Opera. He has won a number of "Best of Category," gold and silver awards from the Ilustrators Club of Washington DC, and in 2011 won "Best of Category."
He is a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, and serves on its Board of Directors, and was the chairman of the Club's show committee for four years. He is also a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America and the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington.
He served as a juror in the 42nd Society of Illustrators exhibition, joining 8 other illustrators and designers in judging the advertising illustration category
In addition to the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, his work has been exhibited in the Society's annual travelling show, and at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia College, and in juried group exhibitions at the Sumner School Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Washington, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and the Edison Gallery in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2005, his work was included in the Spectrum Best of Spectrum Sci-Fi/Fantasyshow at the Society of Illustrators.
He can be contacted at 703 502-3400 or by