Michael Wille is an American artist residing outside of Chicago. He has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the United States including venues such as the Toledo Art Museum, Space Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis, and Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago.
In particular, Wille was featured in Mapping the Terrain: New Directions in Abstract Painting in Louisiana and New American Talent in Texas in 2007. His works on paper are a part of the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. Wille’s paintings have been featured in the New American Paintings three times. His work is a part of numerous corporate collections around the United States, including the The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Vinson and Elkins (LLC) in Houston, The Benzinger Family Wineries in California and the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Chicago. Wille has lectured about his work at various academic venues including Temple University in Tokyo, Japan as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he was an artist-in-residence in February 2009.
In addition to keeping an active studio practice, Wille is an Associate Professor of Art at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. There he teaches a wide range of courses within the painting and drawing curriculum, including mentoring MFA students.