Michael Robert Pollard was born in NYC and raised in Arizona, and Northern California. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. Pollard returned to SFAI in 2001 for additional studies.
Pollard relocated to Chicago where he has lived and worked since 2004. First working professionally at the University of Chicago Smart Museum and for 9 years at the School of the Art Institute.
Pollard is the recipient of the following awards: City of Chicago Community Assistance Art Program Grant, Resolution of Appreciation For Service to the City of Davis, CA, and The Legion Paper Award, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Selected two-person and group exhibitions include: The Nelson Gallery @ UC Davis, Davis Art Center, Knight Gallery @ Rhode Island Community College, Center of Contemporary Art Sacramento, Yolo County Building, Gallery Horse Cow, Gallery B1E, Mess Hall, Roman Susan Annex, Julius Caesar, Flats Gallery Chicago and Third Coast Comics .
Solo exhibitions include Gallery Side Car in Northwest Indiana, The Backroom in Chicago, Free Range in Chicago, Thiel Gallery @ South Suburban College, Knight Gallery @ Rhode Island Community College, and Ridley Gallery @ Rocklin College.
In his "free" time, Michael obsesses about the love of his life Robin Broman, his children, baseball, peace and love, and comic books.