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Michael Boroniec

Michael Boroniec
Born 1983
Nationality  United States
Education RISD
Known for Sculpture

Michael Boroniec (born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1983) is an American sculptor who resides and works in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Education and occupation

BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, 2006.[1]


Boroniec' primary medium is ceramic; other media include painting, printmaking, experimental, and time based art. His work is a journalistic approach, a photograph or chronograph of time, primarily focusing on materials and the direct relationship to the viewer, location, and society. During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Boroniec created a collection of pieces titled "Crude Awakening" that includes terra cotta sculptures of birds covered in oil and a silk screened American flag portrayed by motor oil on canvas.[2]

Crude Awakening Teapot


Boroniec' work has been selected and shown nationally and internationally.

Select shows from Ferrin Gallery:

  • ReObjectification; Art and Object (2010)
  • The Things They Left Behind (2010)
  • Crude Awakening (May, 2010)[3]
  • TEAPOT; Interpretations (July, 2009)
  • $mall Works (December, 2008)
  • Studio Pottery Invitational (November, 2008)
  • Fresh: (June, 2008)


  • Perfect Fit; Shoes Tell Stories (April 30, 2010 – Sept 12, 2010), Albany Institute of History and Art / Nicolyasen Museum of Art and Discovery / Fuller Craft Museum. Curator: Wendy Tarlow Kaplan)
  • RISD New England Alumni Biennial 2009, Arsenal Center, Watertown, Massachusetts, Curator: Dina Deitsch, Curator at DeCordova Museum
  • Printmaking Today (August, 2008), Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, The Museum of Castiglione, Abruzzo, Italy
  • Pittsfield Contemporary (June, 2008), Lichtenstein Art Center, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • RISD ROUTES (January, 2007), Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton, Ma., Curator: David McFadden, Museum of Art and Design, New York City
  • Woods – Gerry Gallery (August, 2006), Providence, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island School of Design Triennial (February, 2005), Providence, Rhode Island


  1. ^ Gerit Grimm & Michael Boroniec at Ferrin Gallery., retrieved February 21, 2011
  2. ^ Responding to the Oil Spill with Art., July 14, 2010
  3. ^ Bio — Michael Boroniec., retrieved February 20, 20111

Further reading

  • Michael Boroniec. Pictures of selected works by Boroniec.
  • Portrait of the Pittsfield Artist as a Young Man. Rural
  • Tara Vocino: For Brockton, the 'Perfect Fit'. The Sun Chronicle, June 10, 2009
  • Cate McQuaid: Taking a walk through playful shoes show. The Boston Globe, June 12, 2009
  • Charles Bonenti: TIME OUT: With Gulf oil spill artist Michael Boroniec., June 26, 2010

External links

  • Michael Boroniec — New Work (Boroniec′ website)
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