Painting and drawing professor Michael Economos has exhibited extensively in the U.S., including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Chameleon Gallery, Baltimore, Posselt and Baker, New Orleans, Capricorn Gallery, Washington, D.C., Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, and Warren Benedek Gallery, N.Y. His work can be seen in collections at the University of Michigan, Republic of China, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Sidney Louis Collection, Yale Museum, and the former minister of Cultural Affairs, Lebanon. Economos has received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, various grants, and the Maryland Institute Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching.
I consider my paintings to be visual novels, the journey of my life dictates what I paint. A wonderful quote on Käthe Kollwitzs' grandfather's tombstone reads:
"Man is not here to be happy but to do his duty."
I dedicate my work in this show in honor and to the memory of my deceased wife Barbara Marcus Economos. All the past years that I shared my life with her she was always an inspiration encouraging me both in my teaching and in my painting.
The tragedy of 9/11 weighed heavily on Barbara and myself. She said to me, "Let's do something for the families." For three years we both took the task in creating portraits of the fallen heroes, 64 in all, at no cost to the families. Artists from MICA as well as painters outside Maryland contributed their time and talents to bring this project into fruition.