An alumnus of the University of Tennessee, Creighton Michael received his M.A. in art history from Vanderbilt University and a M.F.A. in painting and multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting. His work is in various public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Denver Art Museum, Mint Museums of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; The John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art; The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas and Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland.
Michael has had solo exhibitions at the High Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York; Vanderbilt University; the Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center; Neuberger Museum of Art; Colgate University; University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia and The Mint Museums, as well as numerous galleries and art centers in New York City and throughout the United States. Abroad he has had solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Montreal and Reykjavík.
He has been on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities including Albright College, Marshall University, Haverford College, Purchase College and University of Richmond. Michael has conducted studio workshops at Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University to mention a few. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College in New York City from 2005-2013. Michael is a member of American Abstract Artists, has served on the Board of Directors for the International Sculpture Center from 2010-2013 and is currently on the Advisory Board at Katonah Museum of Art.