Mike Stiler is a sculptor, poet and zen meditation teacher. Mike and his wife, Dyan Berk, have been residents of Monhegan since 1992.
Mike works in a variety of mediums, and is known for his sculptural pieces made from wood, found objects and flotsam. His artwork is playful, narrative, figurative, and is inspired by the creatures and characters of the island.
The “Yardfish” are kinetic garden sculptures that respond and swivel in the slightest breeze. They are durable in all exterior environments.
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- Syracuse University School of Fine Arts/ sculpture major
- Rochester Institute of Technology/ painting major
- Rochester Zen Center, Roshi Philip Kapleau, teacher
- – study and practice of zen meditation
Pope & Gray Inc.
- 2 yr.program in color theory and pigment technology
- Hochstein School of Music, Rochester, NY
- saxophone major
Foster & Kleiser Outdoor Advertising, NYC
- outdoor bulletin painting (billboards), specializing in figurative rendering
Mike Stiler Sign Design, Kennebunkport, ME
- specializing in the design & fabrication of custom signage and wooden carved signs.
2000 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
- fellowship recipient/residency program
2001-2004 ‘Painting Now’, painting workshops on Monhegan Island.
- 3 & 4 day painting intensives, held on Monhegan Island & Rockland, ME, exploring the possibilities of an intuitive approach to the creative process.
2001 MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME, residency fellowship.
2001 Publication of ‘Who Sees?’
- collection of own poems & drawings pertaining to the phenomena of unconditional presence.
2001-2009 ‘Seeing Without Knowing’ meditation & inquiry retreats on Monhegan & Belfast, ME
- Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101 (888) 762-2693
- Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME (207) 563-7299
- Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, ME (207) 594-8131
- Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
- Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
- School of American Craftsmen, Rochester, NY
- James Kupecz, collector, Pittsburgh, PA
Shows & Awards:
- 2010 Greenhut Gallery – One Person Show
- 2009 CMCA Rockport, ME. – ‘Comic-Al’ Show
- 2009 Maine Commission of Arts % for Art Award Dirigo Elementary School
- 2009 Firehouse Gallery – ‘In The Garden’ show
- 2008 CMCA Rockport, ME. – ‘First Traces’ show
- 2007 CMCA, Rockport, ME. – ‘Menagerie’ Show
- 2006 CMCA, Rockport, ME. – Biennial Invitational
- 2005 CMCA, Rockport, ME. – ‘In Celebration of Wood’
- 2004 Pitchers/Masters Gallery, Deer Isle, ME. – Art Nouveau’
- 2004 Nan Mulford Gallery, Rockland, ME. – Summer Show
- 2004 Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, ME. – ‘The View From Here’
- 2003 Elements Gallery, Rockland, ME. – Summer Invitational
- 2002 Nan Mulford Gallery, Rockland, ME. – Mike Stiler
- 2001 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA. – Outdoor Sculpture Show
- 2001 Stiler/Berk Studio, – Mermaids
- 2001 Greenhut Galleries, – One Person show
- 2000 Greenhut Galleries, – One Person Show