Location: Mason, Michigan, United States
Bruce Thayer, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a painter.
As a student, Mr. Thayer studied at Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1974. He continued his studies, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the university in 1975, before transitioning to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1980. Mr. Thayer has had his work displayed in many exhibitions, including the 15th Biennial Michigan Arts Exhibition in 1987, where his work won the Best of Show Award. His work was also exhibited by Rutgers National Works on Paper, and by the 5th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Show, where he earned another Best of Show Award in 1983. Most recently, at the 20th Biennial Regional Arts Exhibition in 1999, he earned a Purchase Award.
In addition to his creative pursuits, Mr. Thayer has also worked as an art educator. He served as an art instructor for the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University from 1998 to 2001. He is a fellow of Art Matters, a visual arts fellow of Arts Midwest/NEA Regional, and was a grantee of the Michigan Council for the Arts in 1987. He is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, and the Central Michigan University Art Alumni, where he has served as an advisor to the board of directors since 1999. Mr. Thayer’s style was greatly influenced by abstract expressionist Allen Leepa—as a teen, Mr. Thayer would visit his studio and study his work. He is most proud of having his work exhibited around the world, in places like Krakow, Poland, and in the coming years he aims to continue showcasing his work. As a testament to his achievements and talent as a painter, he has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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