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Flossmoor trustees reappoint Michael Cheney to Public Art Commission

Flossmoor trustees voted Monday, Dec. 4, to reappoint artist Michael Cheney to the Public Art Commission. 

Cheney is currently on the commission and was an original member in 2001, according to Mayor Michelle Nelson. 

Michael Cheney’s “Quixotic Reality” is hanging in
Flossmoor Public Library above the fireplace. Cheney
was just reappointed to the village Public Art Commission.
(Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

“He is vital to the permanent collection that was started back then. Those sculptures continue to benefit the village to this day,” she said.

In asking the board for a motion to reappoint him, Nelson gave a brief overview of his accomplishments in the world of art.

“Mike Cheney is truly Google-worthy,” she said. “His work is part of private collections around the world, including Oprah Winfrey, Vince Vaughn and the late Paul Harvey. You can see one in person at the Flossmoor Public Library above the fireplace. So thank you for doing that for us.”

A number of his paintings can be seen as part of sets for the TV show “The Good Wife.” He has shown his work nationally and internationally and was named Artist of the Year three times by Chicago’s Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Trustees offered additional accolades.

“I want to personally thank Mike for taking the time to visit Ballantrae Park, where the residents are excited about the potential of having some more artwork in our favorite park,” Trustee George Lofton said. 

Gary Daggett thanked him for his willingness to continue serving the village.

“One of the things that makes Flossmoor so amazing is the aesthetics of our village, and the art that is prominently displayed throughout is one of those things,” he said. “Having you to continue to support that effort … is a real benefit to the village.”

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