About the Show

Join us for our next Purcell Gallery exhibition with artist, Michael McGurk on Friday, September 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Michael will deliver a Gallery Talk to all attendees at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE.


About the Artist

MICHAEL MCGURK had a 30 year career with Washington D.C. Fire Department, and studied at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA. Beginning in 2005 he became a full time artist based out of Charlottesville, VA. His memberships include Pastel Society of America – Master Pastelist, Maryland Pastel Society, Piedmont Pastelists and Mid Atlantic Pastel Society.


Previous exhibitions include Maryland Pastel Society “Shades of Pastel” National Open Juried Exhibition, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 2009 2011 2015,2017, IAPS Online Exhibit 2014 ,2018, Lafond Galleries, Pittsburgh PA National Juried Pastel competition 2003, 2004, Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition, NY, NY, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014 2015 2016 and 2018, Circle Gallery “Go Figure Exhibition”, Annapolis, MD, July-Aug. 2004, Art League Gallery/ Torpedo Factory Art Center monthly juried exhibits, Beverly Street Gallery, Staunton, Va. Juried Figure Show, Apr. 2008. Beverly Street Gallery, Staunton, Va. Juried Still Life Exhibit 2011, National Women’s Democratic Club, Washington D.C. Juried Show, Feb-Mar. 2008, New Dominion Book Shop , Solo Show, Charlottesville, VA Apr. 2009, and Butler Museum of American Art, Pastel Artworks Exhibits. 2014 , 2018-2019 Michael’s awards include Pastel Society of America, Janet T. Royce Award, 2003, Pastel Society of America, Southeastern Pastel Society Award 2013, Pastel Society of America, Atlantic Papers Award 2014, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Societies of the Midwest Award 2016, Pastel Society ofAmerica , Great American Art Award. 2018, Maryland Pastel Society Members juried Exhibit 2012, Best in Show, Maryland Pastel Society “Shades of Pastel” National Open Exhibition, Betty Knight Memorial Best Still Life Award 2005 & 2011, The Art League Gallery, “Shayna Simpson Award”, Black and White Show, 2001 and 2003 Art Master Small Works Juried Exhibition, First Place, 12/04-1/05