Michael Fenton – Artist and President of the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. (http://www.msfenton.com/)

Currently, Michael is a New Jersey based painter and perpetual student, currently studying the ancient art of traditional Korean folk painting. Prior to becoming a full time artist, he had a 38 year multi-faceted career which included being an auditor for Coopers Lybrand in New York City, serving as a captain in the US Army, and a multi-disciplined career with AT&T in its many incarnations, including 7 years at Bell Laboratories. At the time of his retirement from Lucent Technologies, he was the human resources director of the Consumer Products business unit of Lucent. He then went on to serve as a human resources consultant to such companies as Harmon Industries, Johnson and Johnson, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, Castrol, PBN and others. Michael’s business experience includes management and executive experience in the following areas:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Public and Community Relations
  • Human Resources design, delivery, planning and operations
  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Corporate Strategy and Planning

Michael’s art career began when from corporate life. He had his first solo show in 2001, sponsored by the Gaelen Gallery in Hanover, NJ. Since then he has exhibited in a number of venues, some of which are listed below. He is currently studying the Traditional Folk Painting techniques used for centuries by the Korean people, especially those known as the Mountain People.

Michael Currently serves as President of the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. He also is working as a volunteer with school children as an art advisor and teacher on special projects.

Michael degrees from Clarkson University (BBA) and the University of Michigan (MBA) and has studied in special programs at Northwestern, MIT, Union College, Drew University, University of Pennsylvania and the Aspen Institute.

Selecting recent exhibitions:

  • Korean Cultural Society NYC
  • Community Theater Gallery Upstairs Juried Show
  • Paper Mill Theater
  • Morris Council for the Arts solo show
  • Renee Foosaner Gallery, The Paper Mill Theater
  • Corporate Park Invitational, Florham Park, NJ Gaelen Juried Art Show and Sale, 2005-2007
  • The Wilson School Gallery

Work in Public or Corporate Collections:

  • Ledgewood Historical Park, NJ
  • Phillips-Born Collection, New Harris investment Plaza, Chicago, Ill
  • Temple Sinai, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Yellow Advertising & Design, NYC
  • Numerous private collections (e.g., Jones-Walsh, Fla and NJ; Elizabeth J. Clarke, NJ; George Cass, Fla.; Batten Family Estate, Texas; and Douglas Durham Collection, California)