Michael Pittari has been a practicing artist for more than 20 years. At the University of Florida he studied painting before moving to New York City, where he maintained a studio while working for Arts Magazine. In 1992 he married Karen Rich Beall and began graduate study at the University of Tennessee. After receiving his M.F.A. Pittari moved to Atlanta and began exhibiting his work while employed as Associate Editor of the journal Art Papers. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Art Papers in 1997, and over the next four years wrote criticism, served as guest curator of several group exhibitions, and lectured at museums and art centers. Pittari taught advanced painting and experimental drawing at the Atlanta College of Art (now the Savannah College of Art, Atlanta) from 2000 to 2002 before moving to eastern Pennsylvania, where he accepted a position at Lebanon Valley College teaching studio art and theory. Pittari has had recent solo exhibitions at Marcia Wood Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, and the Susquehanna Art Musuem. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. His work is in the corporate collections of Alston & Byrd, King & Spaulding, and United Parcel Service, as well as in many private collections.

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