My Story

Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Michael Story was encouraged to draw in his childhood. His family relocated to South Carolina where Story earned his BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He later traveled to New York, studying oil and pastel painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene.

Today, Story is an award-winning artist and member of Oil Painters of America and the Southeastern Pastel Society. He guest lectures, juries art shows and regularly teaches oil, acrylic and pastel painting throughout the United States. Story has conducted workshops at such prestigious art centers as Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, AL, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, NY,John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Winslow Art Center in Bainbridge Island, WA, Art of the Carolina’s in Raleigh, NC, Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI and Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL. Students also travel from around the country to attend his regular 2-day painting classes in his Lexington, SC studio. Story has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston Texas, and his paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributed worldwide.

His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including Walt Disney World, Marriott Corporation, Progressive Energy of Florida, South State Bank, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist, The Cloister at Sea Island, Newberry Opera House, Richland Heart Hospital, First Citizens Bank, Providence Health Columbia, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Fluor Corporation in Erving Texas, Lexington Medical Center, Holiday Inn, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, and Hood Construction.

Art and music are rooted in my family history. My great uncle and grandmother were jazz musicians and my grandfather, who was a professional artist, was my first teacher. From a very young age, I knew that I only wanted to be an artist so I feel fortunate to have always been encouraged by my family to follow that dream.

Having lived in the south most of my adult life, I’ve often found inspiration for my art by traveling the coastal waterways and interior vistas stretching from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. I love exploring the interconnections where land and water meet. People want to be near water, both real and imagined, as it exudes a calm that seems magical. In the studio, I’ve discovered that sense of calm often transcends the painting process when water is incorporated into the composition.

2022
Mollihon Plantation
Estate Sale
Whitmire, SC, March, 2022

Artfields
Lake City, SC, April, 2022

2021
South Carolina State Fair
Hal P Moore Merit Award
Columbia, SC, October, 2021

Carolina Foundation
On-line Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2021

2020
Southeastern Pastel Society
19th International
Juried Exhibition, 2020
Merit Award

"Fund the Fight"
McDaniels- Pucci Cancer Fund
Live Art Auction
Columbia, SC, April, 2020

2019
Carolina Foundation
Art Auction
USC Alumni Center
Columbia, SC, May 2019

South Carolina State Fair
Michel McNinch
Merit Award
Columbia, SC, October 2019

Lexington Medical Center
3-D Cancer Treatment Auction
Columbia, SC, April, 2019

2018
Carolina Foundation
Art Auction
USC Alumni Center
Columbia, SC, May 2018

South Carolina State Fair
Michael J Slattery
Merit Award
Columbia, SC, October 2018

Lexington Medical Center
3-D Cancer Treatment Auction
Columbia, SC, April, 2018

2017
52 Windows
An Evening of Art
Columbia, SC, May 2017

Carolina Foundation
Art Auction
USC Alumni Center
Columbia, SC, May 2017

South Carolina State Fair
Drawing/ Pastel Division
3rd Place Overall
Columbia, SC, October 2017

2016
Carolina Foundation
Art Auction
USC Alumni Center
Columbia, SC, May 2016

52 Windows
An Evening of Art
Columbia, SC, May 2016

Elite Framing
5-Points One-Man Showing
Columbia, SC, March 2016

2015
McKissick Museum's
Southern Rhythms at McKissick
Columbia, SC, December 2015

Carolina Foundation Art Auction
701 Center for Centemporary Art
Columbia, SC, May 2015

2014
The Fine Arts
Center/ Bassett Gallery
One-Man Exhibition
Camden, SC, September 2014

Carolina Foundation
Art Auction
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC, May 2014

2013
Rivers Art Show
Regions Bank
Columbia, SC, July 2013

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC, May- August 2013

South Carolina Foundation Art Auction
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC, May 2013

Artfields
An Epic Southern Artfest
Lake City, SC, April 2013

Sandhills School
9th Annual Art Gala
Columbia, SC, March 2013

2012
Greenville Symphony League
President's Reception
One-Man Show
Greenville, SC, September, 2012

Figure 8 Island Yacht Club
One-Man Exhibition
Wilmington, NC,
October- December 2012

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC
May- August 2012

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Art Auction
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC, May 2012

EdStrava Ganza Edventure
Children’s Museum
Columbia, SC, May 2012

2011
The Reserve at Lake Keowee
One-Man Exhibition
Sunset, SC,
September 2011

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC,
May-August 2011

Columbia Open
Studios / Studio 112
Lexington, SC,
May 2011

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Art Auction
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Columbia, SC,
May 2011

2010
"RIVERS" Group Show
Celebration of American Rivers Month
Columbia, SC, June 2010

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Art Auction
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC May 2010

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC, May-August 2010

2009
Inspired by the Saluda
The Saluda River Club
Columbia, SC, November 2009

Art With a Heart
Nelson & Mullins Law Firm
Columbia, SC, September 2009

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC, March 2009

2008
Carolina First Bank
One-Man Exhibition
Columbia, SC, November 2008

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2008

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC, March 2008

2007
The Reserve Private
Art Exhibition
Lake Keowee, SC, October 2007

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2007

McKissick Museum's
Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Columbia, SC, March 2007

2006
Newberry Opera House
One-Man Show
Newberry, SC, November 2006

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2006

The Summit Club
One-Man Show
Columbia, SC, March 2006

2005
Brix Bistro Art Exhibition
Lexington, SC, September 2005

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2005

2004
City Year
Columbia's Ripples of Hope
Columbia, SC, June 2004

Piccolo Spoleto
Art Exhibition Juried Show
Charleston, SC, May 2004

AIDS Benefit Foundation of SC
Dining With Friends
Columbia, SC, April 2004

Richland / Lexington County
Cultural Council Spring Gala
Embassy Suites Hotel
Columbia, SC, March 2004

2003
Irene Morrah Fine Art Exhibition
Greenville, SC, December 2003

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2003

AIDS Benefit Foundation of SC
Dining With Friends
Columbia, SC, April 2003

2002
Brix Bistro Art Exhibition
Lexington, SC, November 2002

Irene Morrah Fine Art
Two-Man Show
Greenville, SC, November 2002

Newberry Opera House
One-Man Show
Newberry, SC, November 2002

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2002

2001
South Carolina State Fair
Bawak Associates Purchase Award
Columbia, SC, October 2001

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2001

2000
South Carolina State Fair
City Art Award
Melinda Weston Merit Award Award
Columbia, SC, October 2000

Whiteford School of the Arts Exhibition
Lexington, SC, September 2000

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 2000

1999
South Carolina State Fair
Art for Artist's Award
Columbia, SC, October 1999

South Carolina Arts Foundation
Verneer Awards Art Auction
Columbia, SC, May 1999

1998
Sea Island Show
Sponsored by the
Left Bank Art Gallery
& the Cloister Resort
St Simons Island,
GA, November 1998

Art in the Home Show
Sponsored by the
Richland / Lexington
County Cultural Council
Columbia, SC,
November 1998

South Carolina State Fair
Purchase Award
Columbia, SC,
October 1998

Winter Park Art Festival
Winter Park, FL,
March 1998

Art Expo
New York, NY,
May 1998

1997
The Creation Station Gallery
One-Man Show
Hilton Head, SC,
February 1997

The Cultural Council
"Art in Business"
One-Man Show, NBSC
Columbia, SC, August 1997

Fine Art Center of
Kershaw County
One-Man Show
Camden, SC, June 1997

I Pinckney Simons Gallery
Artista Vista
Oil & Pastel Exhibition
Columbia, SC, April 1997

1996
I Pinckney Simons Gallery
Artista Vista Oil & Pastel Exhibition
Columbia, SC, April 1996

JB White Community Artist Exhibition
Columbia, SC, October 1996

South Carolina State Fair
1996 Best of Show Award

Cameo Art Gallery
Fine Arts Merit Award
Southtrust Bank Merit Award
Columbia, SC, October 1996

1996 Mid-Carolina Automotive Show
Artist of the Year Award
Columbia, SC, April, 1996

Piccolo Spoleto
Art Exhibition Juried Show
Charleston, SC, May 1996

I Pinckney Simons Gallery
Artista Vista Oil & Pastel Exhibition
Columbia, SC, April 1996

1995
I Pinckney Simons Gallery
Vista Lights Oil & Pastel Exhibition
Columbia, SC, November 1995

South Carolina State Fair
Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough
Merit Award / Purchase Award
Columbia, SC, October 1995

South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Honorable Mention
Greenwood, SC, July, 1995

Piccolo Spoleto
Art Exhibition Juried Show
Charleston, SC, May 1995

University of South Carolina
School of Dance Exhibition
State Museum
Columbia, SC, March 1995

1994
25th Annual Powers Crossroads
Art Festival Merit Award
Newnan, GA, September 1994

28th Annual Festival of Flowers
Juried Show
Second Place Award
Honorable Mention
Greenwood, SC, June 1994

Southeastern Art & Craft Exposition
Columbia, SC, September 1994

Charleston Maritime Festival Juried Show
Charleston, SC, September 1994

Piccolo Spoleto
Art Exhibition Juried Show
Charleston, SC, May 1994

Pastel Society of North Florida
Third Biennial National Exhibition
Fort Walton Beach Museum of Art
Merit Award, April, 1994

Watercolor Society of Alabama
Fifty-Third National Exhibition
Wireglass Museum of Art
Merit AwardDothan, AL, April 1994

Hilton Head Art League
Fifth Annual Juried Show
Hilton Head, SC, February 1994

1993
Papers Gallery
One-Man Show
Columbia, SC, December 1993

Springs Industries Juried Show
"State of the Art, '93"
Lancaster, SC, November 1993

New England Fine Art Institute
National Invitational Exhibition
of American Contemporary Art
Boston, MA, May 1993

1992
Pastel Society of the West Coast
"Pastels USA" International Kaiser Show
Kaiser Center
Oakland, CA, May 1992

Pastel Society of North Florida
"Pastels 92"
Second Biennial National Exhibition
Pensacola Museum of Art
Pensacola, FL, April 1992

BB&T Bank
Columbia, SC

Bush Presidential Library
Houston, TX

Carolina First
Columbia, SC
Hilton Head, SC

Columbia Heart Clinic
Columbia, SC

First Citizens Bank
Columbia, SC

Fluor Corporation
Irving, Texas

Holiday Inn
Atlanta, GA

Hood Construction
Columbia, SC

Lexington Medical Center
Lexington, SC

Marriott Corporation
Jacksonville, FL

McLeod Medical Center
Florence, SC

Midlands Orthopaedics
Columbia, SC

Nations Bank
Columbia, SC

Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Columbia, SC

Newberry Opera House
Newberry, SC

Palmetto Health Baptist
Columbia, SC

Palmetto Health Richland
Columbia, SC

Palmetto Health Richland
Heart Hospital
Columbia, SC

Progressive Energy of Florida
St. Petersburg, FL

Providence Heart Institute
Columbia, SC

Providence Hospital
Columbia, SC

Security Federal
Columbia, SC

South Carolina Bank and Trust
Columbia, SC

Southern First Bank
Columbia, SC

The Cloister at Sea Island
Sea Island, GA

The Sanctuary
Kiawah Island, SC

Trident Regional Medical Center
Charleston, SC

Wachovia Bank
Columbia, SC

Walt Disney World
Orlando, FL

Webster Rodgers, LLC.
Florence, SC

1994   Addy Award / Citation of Merit
1994   Addy Award / Citation of Merit
1992   Addy Award / Gold Addy
1992   Addy Award / Gold Addy
1992   PICA Award / Special Judges Award
1992   Carolinas Association of Business / Communicators Award
1990   Carolinas Association of Business / Communicators Award
1990    Addy Award / Silver Addy
1990   Addy Award / Gold Addy
1989   Pica Award / Award of Excellence
1988   Strathmore Graphics Gallery / Certificate of Merit Award
1987   Addy Award / Bronze Addy
1980   Addy Award / Certificate of Merit

 

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