MIchael Brolly started showing his work Nationally before graduating from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout his career including solo exhibitions and major national travelling exhibitions. Brolly's is in both permanent and private collections including The Detroit Institute of Art, Yale University, LACMA Long Beach, The Center for Wood Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work has been featured in numerous books, news articles and magazines. Late in his career he returned to school and earned an MFA. While pursuing that goal he visited a whaling museum where coming face to face with the atrocities perpetrated by humans upon these magnificent creatures and vowed to try to find a way to say that he, and most of humanity, were sorry. This led to a career in boat building, culminating in Sephira a boat that is also a musical instrument tuned to the vocal range of whales, with the hopes of learning how to communicate with ocean living mammals. This has led to the starting of a non-profit aimed at giving inner-city youth access to hand skills with an emphasis on environmental studies.
Artist in Residence 2020