Michael A Roosevelt

Artist Biography and Background

MICHAEL A. ROOSEVELT, S.C.A., was born in Philadelphia, PA. He demonstrated an early interest in fine arts and was attending classes at the Philadelphia College of Art while still in high school. In the mid-1960s, after a year at Carnegie-Mellon University, he opted to remain in Paris after a trip there and study with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. He was one of the youngest students that Hayter ever took on, perhaps because they shared an interest in copper engraving. He received a BFA degree in Printmaking and English from Carnegie-Mellon University while returning to Atelier 17 on a regular basis until 1984. Following graduation he took a position as an instructor of printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. That year he had his first solo exhibition at The Print Club in Philadelphia. From the 1970s through 1980s Roosevelt traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America and the Far East, including a two-year stay in Tokyo. In the early 1980s he entered the MFA program in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, and subsequently received his masters degree. Following this he had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Paris, Rome; Tokyo and Kobe, Japan; Halifax and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. At Hayter's request, in 1985 he helped to organize an exhibition of the prints of Joseph Hecht (1891-1951) the Polish-born engraver who was instrumental in Hayter's start as a printmaker. In the early 1990s he completed a one-year course in artistic anatomy taught by Martha Mayer Erlebacher at the University of the Arts, and he also studied at the New York Academy Fine Arts Graduate School of Figure Study.

In 1996 he established Ross House Studio, a printmaking studio in heritage buildings that he moved to a site at Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia. In 2005 operations were moved to the artist's home at Belle Cote, across from Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia, and in 2011 to Walden, Vermont.

Michael Roosevelt's work ranges from large engravings on copper to lithographs and relief prints (both wood engravings and linoleum cuts). The majority of his work is black and white although he has made a quantity of color relief prints in recent years. His subjects cover a broad range with a special emphasis on figures and architectural themes. Many of the pieces shown here are relief prints of subjects found in New England and the Maritime Provinces.

Michael Roosevelt was elected as an artist member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 2005. He is an artist member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Printmakers Association, the Vermont Crafts Council and is listed in Who's Who in American Art™. For many years he was an active participant in the Nova Scotia Studio Rally program and Vermont's Open Studio program.

Michael Roosevelt is an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Design Department, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont. He a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) and is a certified Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA and USPAP).
born 1948
Vermont, Nova Scotia / Canada
Known for
Figural, Landscape, Animal
1995 - NY Academy of Fine Arts Graduate School, NYC Postgraduate study
1994-1995 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Postgraduate study
1986 - Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Phila., PA MFA
1970 - Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA BFA
1967- 1985 - Atelier 17, Paris, France Private study
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2009 ICCA, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
2008 Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT, Solo Exhibition
1997 Sherman Hines Museum, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, Solo Exhibition
1988 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Solo Exhibition
1986 Centro Cultural Camino Real, Mexico City, Mexico, Solo Exhibition
1986 The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA, Solo Exhibition
1985 Galerie Harriett Woolley, Paris, France, Solo Exhibition
1971 Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1970 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1970 The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA, Solo Exhibition
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2008 Roosevelt Group Show, Oyster Bay Historical Society, NY
2007 Parigi 1927/2007 Dall’Atelier 17 all’Atelier Contrepoint, Museo Civico, Cremona, Italy
2005 Harrison Street Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
1992 Night with the Stars, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
1991 Starry, Starry Night, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Group Exhibition, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
1988 Pennsylvania Painters and Printmakers, University Park , PA
1988 Viewpoints Variable, MOMENTA, Philadelphia, PA
1987 Corridor Press, Philadelphia, PA
1987 20/20, The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA
1987 Portopia Gallery, Kobe, Japan, Solo Exhibition
1986 Galleria d'Arte Il Luogo, Rome, Italy, Solo Exhibition
1986 Santica Gallery, Kobe, Japan, Solo Exhibition
1987-1988 Selections from the 63rd Annual International Competition (traveling exhibition organized and selected by the Print Club, Phila., PA),
1986 62nd International Competition, The Print Club, Phila., PA
1986 Paper & Print, Zoller Gallery, Penn State U, University Park, PA
1986 Annual Juried Exhibition, Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA
1986 Printmaking East/West Exchange, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing and Tianjin Arts College, Tianjin, China
1985 Inaugural Invitational Exhibition, Gallery 68, Belfast, ME
1985 Three Rivers Arts Festival, (purchase prize) Pittsburgh, PA
1985 Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Phila., PA
1984 Group exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
1984 Group exhibition, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1982 Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Phila., PA
Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Auctioneers Association - GPPA
Certified Appraisers Guild of America
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Crafts Council
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Society of Canadian Artists, elected member
Michael A Roosevelt
PO Box 162
West Danville, VT  05873-0162
Realist, Contemporary, Atelier 17
Etching, Lithograph, copper engravings, relief prints
Price Information
Prints: $100 for small linocuts to $1000 for large engravings