Artists Open Studio Dates:

Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1 & Dec. 7, 8
Artist will be demonstrating

Artists Open Studio Dates:

Group Show: Chaplin: Senior Center
Show Information: Nov. 29, 30, Dec.1 & Dec.7, 8
132 Chaplin St.
Chaplin, CT, 06235

K. Michael Olson is an accomplished artist known for his innovative approach to both visual and sonic art forms. With a background in music composition under the guidance of renowned award-winning composers and Pulitzer Prize winners, he has also earned recognition for his contributions to three-dimensional graphics, having been granted multiple patents.

Embracing a hybrid approach to art-making, Olson seamlessly integrates his varied interests and expertise, resulting in captivating and exploratory art forms. Currently serving as the Gallery Coordinator at the esteemed WORK_SPACE Gallery in Manchester, CT, Olson's recent artistic endeavors encompass a range of mediums. From oil and acrylic paintings on canvas to digital artworks on metal and immersive 360-degree multimedia experiences compatible with virtual reality headsets like the Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest, his portfolio reflects a commitment to pushing boundaries and embracing cutting-edge technologies.

Noteworthy past projects include fully staged opera scenes, captivating live multimedia performances at a Full Dome Planetarium, an dynamic musical compositions spanning from solo performances to large ensemble productions. Olson's artistic journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of innovation, creating impactful and immersive experiences that resonate with audiences across various mediums and platforms.


Additional artworks can be seen at

360-degree immersive video Artwork can be found on YouTube at

Information about musical works can be found at

Artist Statement:
I loved coloring as a child. Well, that is until the very first day of school. I gleefully started as soon as my teacher brought out the crayons. I was in a state of mindfulness and transcendence that we strive for as adults. I was lost in the world of colors. That ended abruptly and harshly as soon as the teacher saw my work.

She told me that I was doing it WRONG. I didn't understand. How could coloring be wrong? "One must always color within the lines," I was told. Elation immediately turned to shame. Something magical had turned into a joyless and tedious task. I never particularly cared for coloring after that.

I went through life hiding my [WRONG] self behind a dull grey veneer until my wonderful wife encouraged me to pursue my passions. I returned to university to study music composition with numerous award-winning and world-class musicians. The experience was transcendent, and I eventually joined the faculty myself. However, it seemed like we were all clinging to a small raft of Western Music tradition in a sea of endless possibilities. I wanted to explore that sea.

For the first time, I wrote an uninhibited work without concern for external approval or academic merit. It broke open the cage my inner self in when I was young. I immediately started painting for the first time since I was that child, and have never stopped.

Find your true voice and paint the world with it.

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