Mike Sweeney has created artworks in a variety of media since his introduction during college to the concerns and languages of a diverse art world.  Mike received his M.F.A. in Painting, Printmaking, and Installation from the University of Connecticut. 


At mid-career, Mike continues to pursue an interest in the dialogue between concept, subject, and material through his works in paper, felt, wood, and found materials.  He approaches each piece and each exhibition as an opportunity to examine how aspects of everyday life in the U.S. bump up against each other materially, socially, and culturally.  Mike appreciates that each intersection of materials and images can be understood through different viewer frameworks and points of view both within and outside of his country of origin.  He develops each piece and display with an awareness that discussion and reflection are more important than any didactic message.

Recent Publications and Activities

#MGNECONNECTS (cover image), Monotype Guild of New England - dedicated to the art of the unique print, 2020

Paperology R.A.G., (year-long seminar) Laboratoire Artefact , Universite de Montreal, 2020

LandEscape meets Michael Sweeney (interview), LandEscape Now! 10th edition, September 2019

Making Books that Don’t Open, Choosing Books that Do, Zip06, February 2016

Monotype Guild of New England (member portfolio - MGNE),  2019 - Present

Selected Exhibitions


8th Annual International Juried Print Exhibition, New Grounds Remarque Print Workshop, Abuquerque, NM

36th Annual Juried Exhibit, draws attention to the nouns, but it's the verbs that mount, National Collage Society, nationalcollage.com/2020 (presented online due to COVID-19 restrictions beginning November 2)

No Big Heads (juried self-portrait exhibition), showing the seams, the drywall tape, the glue, Hugh McPeck Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, (presented online due to COVID-19 restrictions, full exhibit best viewed by desktop) -  included piece or  exhibit


in the air... (installation of works from Cloud & Horizon), Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex Community College

Open Member's Exhibition: Press & Release (juried), Chester Gallery of Art at New England College, Henniker, NH


wood. / words. - ArtWalk Exhibit with Rafael Oses, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT


All of Us or None, Nothing so small could be dangerous, Traveling Exhibition for the American Friends Service Committee

Books of  Things We Do Not Know - Saxton B Little Library, Columbia, CT

Fall Crafts @ Lyndehurst, Tarrytown, NY

Woven and Painted - Acton Library, Old Saybrook, CT


Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival, Madison, CT

Avon Arts and Crafts Fall Show, Avon, CT

Group Exhibition, Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, Centerbrook, CT

Embracing Our Differences (link), nothing is only as it looks, group billboard exhibit, Sarasota Island Park and Bradenton Riverwalk, FL

Revelation/Revolution (group exhibition), Nails in the Wall Gallery, Metuchen, NJ

Nor'EasterExhibition, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT


1703 Miles and Back, Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library travelling National Tour


Persistent Technology, exhibition of carved books, Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia, CT


Saxton B. Little Benefit Auction, Columbia, CT


Nor'Easter Exhibition, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT


Tuning Up, New Haven Symphony Orchestra benefit auction, New Haven, CT

Solo Exhibition, Javapalooza, Middletown, CT


Breast Cancer Benefit Art Auction, North Hampton, MA


Works on Paper, Borders, Fairfield, CT

Works on Paper, Koffee, New Haven, CT


Thanksgiving, The Gathering Place, Hartford, CT

Group Benefit Exhibit, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT

Private Collections


Set of 4 Books of Things We Do Not Know, (Collection of N. Stevens, Mansfield, CT)

Set of 2 Books of Things We Do Not Know, (Collection of J. Finnegan, West Hartford, CT)


A Book of Things We Do Not Know, cedar, birdseye maple, and chestnut (Stephanie Kallos, novelist and author of Language Arts, Seattle, WA)

Lotus, carved and painted mirror frame, oak (P. Robinson, Willimantic, CT)


A book of things we don’t know, oak and pine (J. Neri, Colchester, CT)

A book of things we don’t know, oak and pine (K. Henson, Salem, CT)


Carved Bird, mahogany perched bird,  (B. James, Salem, CT)

Rob’s Bird, African blackwood bird in flight (R. McLaughlin, East Lyme, CT)


Fish, painted and woven paper (L. Champagne, Gales Ferry, CT)


Series of three, pith helmet, white pumpkin, and watering can, hand carved and painted wooden garden sculptures (E. Allen, Middletown, CT)


Butternut Linen Cabinet, original design and creation of a standing linen cabinet in butternut with maple door pulls (P. Russman, Portland, Oregon



Demon Chairs, two wooden and upholstered armchairs carved and painted with text and images inspired by Lermentov's epic The Demon  (E. Allen, Middletown, CT)

Cats Know Why, original design and creation of a carved and painted mirror frame and etched mirror with text and image (M. Patnode, Cranberry Lake, NY)

Mirror Cracked, original design and creation of a carved and painted frame and etched mirror with text and image (L. Patnode, Cranberry Lake, NY)


Rider on Horse, photo transfer and woodblock print on paper (L. Gordy, Spartanburg, S.C.)

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