Michael Gibbs has been a freelance illustrator since the early ’80s. After majoring in architecture for a year at the University of Maryland, he attended Pratt Institute as a photography major, switching to illustration in his final year.
Michael’s style has evolved from traditional painting to a unique blend of traditional and digital techniques to digital illustration which often employs found elements and textures.
Over the past 5 years, he has worked extensively under the name of Michael Glenwood—his middle name—with considerable success and garnering numerous international awards.
His work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, ComputerWorld, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Hartford Courant, The Dallas Morning News, and The Boston Globe. His clients include major corporations such as American Express, Boston Consulting, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Oracle; institutions including Johns Hopkins, the IMF, American University, and Harvard University; publishers like Harper Collins, Dell Books, TOR Books, Ziff-Davis and Random House. He has also done posters for theater, notably the Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, The Virginia Opera, and the Pittsburgh Opera.
His illustrations have received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 3×3 Magazine Illustration Annual, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration, Print, Spectrum Annual of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The Illustrators Club of Washington, the IABC, the Addies, and others. He has won Gold and Silver awards from the Society of Illustrators of LA, a Spectrum Gold Medal award, and multiple Silver Addy awards for his posters for the Pittsburgh Opera. He has garnered a number of “Best of Category,” gold, and silver awards from the Illustrators Club of Washington DC, as well as “Best of Show.”
He is a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, and serves on its Board of Directors, and was the chairman of the Club’s show committee for four years. He is also a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America and the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. He served as a juror in the 42nd Society of Illustrators exhibition, joining 8 other illustrators and designers in judging the advertising illustration category
In addition to the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, his work has been exhibited in the Society’s annual traveling show (including 2015), and at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia College, 87 Florida Gallery, and in juried group exhibitions at the Sumner School Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Washington, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and the Edison Gallery in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2005, his work was included in the Spectrum Best of Spectrum Sci-Fi/Fantasy show at the Society of Illustrators.