Michael Dunlavey: Discovering Your Creativity

Join Michael Dunlavey for a challenging lecture on the art of seeing, not just looking. He will talk about how to heighten your senses, and learn to evaluate potential subjects to enhance your photography skills, in a highly visual presentation. He will share how he challenges himself to greater creativity, and how he sees the world through different eyes by way of his life experience as an artist, photographer, graphic designer and interior designer. He will present examples from his forty-year career in the arts.

He previously exhibited his work in April at Viewpoint in a two-man show with Donald Satterlee titled Italia Bella.

Lecture time: Sixty to ninety minutes.
Audience: Amateur to Professional Photographers

After a forty-year career as a graphic, environmental, and restaurant designer, Michael has returned to his first loves, photography and watercolor painting. Michael was President and Creative Director of The Dunlavey Studio, Inc., which he founded in Sacramento in 1978 with his wife Lindy. Since his retirement he has had seven gallery shows and has been included in the Crocker Art Museum juried Art Auction the past six years. For decades, Michael has enjoyed a national reputation for creativity and inventive design solutions that reflect his distinctive artistic vision. 

Michael’s photography was featured in a ten-year series of international brochures for an Irish tour company, and for a prominent Italian tour company. He has been honored to donate his time and creativity as the principal photographer for Sacramento Habitat for Humanity for the past ten years.

Michael was the senior designer on The Dunlavey Studio’s interior and environmental design projects, and was featured in Print Magazine as one of four top designers in the United States who create both 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional designs. The Dunlavey Studio received more than one hundred and fifty national design awards, and their work was featured in Graphis, Communication Arts, How Magazine, and Architectural Record. Their work has also been included in countless books published in the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. 

Michael has demonstrated a deep love for and commitment to the arts and has a very extensive background in art and design. He received his B.A. Degree in Art, as well as his Masters Degree in Art, and a teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Crocker Art Museum Association for eleven years and served on the selection committee that chose the architect for the new Crocker Art Museum Expansion. He also served on the Major Gift Access Committee for the Crocker, which raised over $95 million to build the new wing that opened in 2010. He was on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation for ten years, during which he served on the Arts Advisory Committee for Advancing Sacramento Arts, which generated a sustained funding stream for small and medium-sized arts organizations in the Sacramento region. For the past six years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento History Alliance, which oversees the 44,000 square foot research and archive collection of the City and County of Sacramento, and the Sacramento History Museum.

Michael and his wife Lindy reside in Placer County.

April 25 2018 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341

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