"As a kid, we moved around a lot because my dad was in the Air Force.  Nothing ever lasted very long.  So I’m always looking for anchors.  The things that will last.  The things that have lasted.  When I go up to Provincetown, I’m always taking pictures of old buoys and other weathered relics.  Harpoons.  Shudders with the paint peeling off.  Piles of old ropes.   Those are the things that are real for me because they’ve lasted.  Endured.  For me, that’s beauty.
My recent work has focused on the neighborhoods of DC.  As DC continues to transform, I am drawn to contrast of historic and contemporary architecture and design, commercialism, and the energy that surrounds me.  In a way, I am my own architect by creating new structures which juxtapose photography and found images with with relevant and most often commercial symbols and icons.  They shouldn’t always go together but do—one of the reasons I love graffiti.  If it wasn’t illegal, I’d be doing it all the time."

 Artist Biography

Michael Crossett is a mixed media artist, designer and marketer living in Washington, DC. He received a BS in Adverstising and Marketing at George Mason University in 1997 and from 2007 - 2010 he studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC focusing on printmaking, bookmaking and graphic design. 

He worked most recently as the Creative Director for Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) in Washington, DC. There he led a team of designers to develop brands for large commercial real estate developments in the Mid-Atlantic. He also worked in marketing and design for Clements International, an international insurance company. His many roles in marketing and design have developed a unique perspective that Michael brings to all of his projects. 

His experience living and traveling abroad, has created a life long fascination with urban life, different cultures and contemporary design. Michael creates vibrant, layered compositions using digital photography and screen printing. He is now beginning to experiment with 3D elements incorporating laser cut objects, concrete and metal in to his work. 

The son of a military family, Michael spent his childhood in Japan, Hawaii and host of US cities. He settled 20 years ago in Washington DC, where he lives and works today. 


2017 Visual Arts Finalist, 32nd Mayor’s Art Awards, Washington, DC


2017 District Creative Pop Up Exhibit, Washington, DC
2015 Michael Crossett, Sotheby’s International, Washington, DC
2012 InTransit, Plan B Gallery, Washington, DC
2011 DISTR1CT, JD Ireland Associates, Washington, DC


2017 Featured Artist, Made in DC, Washington, DC
2017 Recollections 2, The Coupe, Washington, DC
2017 Art All Night, Mid City Pop Up, Washington, DC
2017 Art 17: Summer 2017, Coldwell Banker Logan Circle, Washington, DC
2017 New Beat, Amp Art Market, Provincetown, MA
2017 WPA Gala and Auction, Uline Arena, Washington, DC
2017 MCA Installation, REIT, Washington, DC
2016 Inner City Hues, Hill Center, Washington, DC
2016 Art All Night Pop-Up, Kiss Lounge, Washington, DC
2016 WPA ArtNight, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, DC
2016 Cheap Thrills, Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC
2016 Recollections, The Coupe, Washington, DC
2016 WPA Auction, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
2016 Thrive, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2015 WPA ArtNight, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, DC
2015 Fall and Spring Open Studios, Mid City Artists, Washington, DC
2015 Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts, Washington, DC
2015 10x 10, Plan B Gallery, Washington, DC
2014 ManMade, Plan B Gallery, Washington, DC
2014 Fall and Spring Open Studios, Mid City Artists, Washington, DC
2013 Thirteen, Art 17, Washington, DC
2013 Fall and Spring Open Studios, Mid City Artists, Washington, DC
2012 Art Night, Hickok Cole Architecture, Washington, DC
2011 Local Color, Plan B Gallery, Washington, DC
2011 Member’s Exhibition, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
2011 Design House 2011, Washington Design Center, Washington, DC
2010 Bookbound, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
2008 Designer Showcase, DC Design House, Washington, DC
2008 Member’s Exhibition, Art League of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

Emulsion 2017, Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington, DC
99 problems, but a print ain’t one, The Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC


DCCAH Art Bank (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)


Mixed Scene BCN, Tres Xtremeties, Barcelona, Spain (2018)
Street, Murals DC, Greek Spot, Washington, DC (2017)
Felix, Good Silver, Washington DC (2017)
Check It, Anacostia Check It Enterprises, Washington DC (2017)
Geometry Mural, The Shay, Washington DC (2017)


2010 Certificate of Graphic Design and Digital Media, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC 

2007 Screenprinting Coursework, Art League of Old Towne, Alexandria, VA
1997 BS in Advertising and Design, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


A highly skilled and innovative creative director and brand manager with vast experience in fine art, design, creative direction, advertising integration, marketing collateral, interactive design, social media, business development, brand development, brand strategies, mentoring, and client relations.  Leverages multifaceted and extensive industry experience in providing creative vision and concept design across digital and print media.  A highly creative leader with a proven track record of conceiving and implementing strategies that create a unique brand experience and generate revenue. 

Branding & Management
Creative Vision
Direct Mail Campaigns
Event Design
UX Design
Mixed Media
Interactive Design