Mick Burson

Born: 1990, Waco, TX

Biography and Information

Biography
Mick Burson is a multimedia artist who combines painting, sculpture, print and installation to create playful abstract works. He has created public art murals all over the world including a commissioned piece on the back exterior wall of the Richard Levy Gallery. Burson recently executed the largest mural in New Mexico to date on Keshet Dance Center. His work is in the permanent collections of the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, the Navasota Public Library, TX and the University of New Mexico. Originally from Waco, TX, Burson is currently pursuing his MFA in studio art at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

I like the idea of the tradition of painting on a 2-d surface but usually fall short with finding personal satisfaction with the constraints, so I resort to combined surfaces that fall somewhere between painting and sculpture. I like the idea of verbal communication but usually fall short with finding personal satisfaction with the constraints, so I resort to visual language. My use of this visual language is ambiguous and sarcastic while holding a very serious “I mean this” sort of feel. I use colors that would be found in a toy box and shapes that would be found in a house occupied with people. The work is sometimes uncouth in its appearance like showing up after a late night but still having the best intentions for the day. They are constructed and painted and constructed again with wood, paint, and common materials. -Mick Burson

Education
2019
MFA, studio art, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2015
BFA, studio art, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Five reasons to stay on one placeCultivate 712, Waco, TX
Trein Air, Broadway, Spokane, WA

2019
Wend, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2018
The Importance of Packing a Lunch, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2017
What The Color Blue Sounds Like, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
The Idea of, Brazos Valley Arts Council, Bryan, TX
BLRRR, Winning, Albuquerque, NM

2016
Milk, Ingham Chapman Gallery, Gallup, NM

2015
Should Have Been A Cowboy, Mclennan Community College, Waco TX
Sead Gallery, Kismet, Bryan, TX

Group Exhibitions
2020
Waco Hayride, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Ft. Worth, TX,

2019
Made of ShapesMis en Place Gallery, Oakland, CA
MAP, Next Gallery, Denver, CO

2018
Glenn Downing V.S. Mick Burson One Night Wrestling Event., John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Hayride, The Louis Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX

2017
After the Circus, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM
Here Now, Leisure, Denver, CO

2016
At First Sight, CFA, Albuquerque, NM

2015
Art in the Metroplex, Ft.Worth Community Art Center, Ft. Worth, TX
2nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Art-space 111, Ft. Worth, TX

2014
1st Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Art-space 111, Ft. Worth,TX
Frame Gallery, Bryan TX
Hot and Sweaty, 500x,Dallas, TX
Voertmans Student Exhibition, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Mise-en-Scene, Corra Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX
Lunacy, White Space Gallery, Dallas, TX

Murals and Events
35 Denton, Denton, TX
A Creative Art Studio, Denton, TX
Budco Farms, Spokane, WA

City of Clifton, Clifton, TX
City of Waco, Waco, TX
Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX
Keep Denton Beautiful, Denton, TX
Keshet Dance Company, Albuquerque, NM
Next Door Gallery, Denver, CO
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
UNM Art Building, Albuquerque, NM
Walls Festival, Jerusalem, Israel
Waco Cultural Arts Festival, Waco, TX

Collections

Facebook Private Collection
Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection
Polsinelli Corporate Art Collection, Houston, TX
Navasota Public Library, Navasota, TX
UNM Gallup, Gallup NM

Awards
2016
Keep Denton Beautiful, Public Art Grant from the city of Denton

2015
Keep Denton Beautiful. Public Art Grant from the city of Denton

2014
Brazos Valley Arts council, Artist in Residence, Navasota, TX

2013
54th Annual Voertmans Student Competition. Scholarship recipient

2010
Emerging Texas artist scholarship recipient

Press
2019
Wesley Pulkka, Blurring the lines: Artist jumps between many mediums in solo show, Albuquerque Journal, November 10th

Clarke Condé, MISSING YOU, Mick Burson’s “Letter Writing Station”, Alibi, October 31

2018
Art and Life with Mick Burson, Voyage Dallas, May 2

2016
New Public Arts Mural at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center by Artist Mick Burson, discoverdenton.com. March 9

2015
Matt Wood, Denton Artist Changed Tracks from Tagging Trains to Making Murals, Dallas Observer, June 11

2014
J.B. Smith, Former graffiti artist keeps it legal for Austin Avenue mural, Waco Tribune-Herald, September 24

2013
Artist Interview: Mick Burson, wedentondoit.com, April 16

Press Release
2019 Wend at Richard Levy Gallery

2018 The importance of packing a lunch at Richard Levy Gallery

2017 What the color blue sounds like at Richard Levy Gallery