Michael Sarich, MFA

Emeritus Associate Professor; Emeritus Area Head of Painting


The work of Nevada artist, Michael Sarich, is filled with narrative icons and metaphorical imagery of a highly personal, yet universal nature. He studied printmaking and drawing at the College of Salzburg in Austria, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at Northern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts in drawing, painting and sculpture at the University of Oklahoma.

Since 1989, he has been an associate professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno. His works in printmaking, painting, ceramics and sculpture have been included in many national and international exhibitions. In 2007, he received the Joan Mitchell Award.

Exhibition history

  • Solo Exhibition Props at James Patrick Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine (2005)
  • Solo Exhibition Michael Sarich: A Selectrospective at Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, Nevada (2006)
  • Joint exhibition with Jun Kaneko at Stremmel Gallery (2006)
  • Contemporary Figurative Ceramics, The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, Montana
  • Michael Sarich: Hush and Babel, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana
  • Puppet Consumption (2011) & Solo Exhibition Butting Heads (2014), Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, California
  • Michael Sarich, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada (2011)
  • Like Love Lust, Michael Sarich Published by the Nevada Museum of Art

Courses taught

  • Painting 2
  • Intermediate Painting
  • Advanced Painting
  • Drawing 3
  • Drawing 4
  • Problems in Painting
  • Problems in Drawing
  • Graduate Painting Classes


  • MFA, University of Oklahoma, 1983
  • BFA, Northern Illinois University, 1980