Mike Shaffer is a sculptor, painter and conceptual artist. His energetic work has been labeled “Pop Formalist, quirky and playful.” Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, Shaffer created his first sculpture while working on his Master’s degree at Southern Illinois University. He traveled extensively to art museums and centers in the United States and recently studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Recipient of nine awards, two from the Baltimore Museum of Art, he has exhibited more than twenty-five large-scale public art installations and participated in over 100 formal exhibitions in the U.S. He is president of the Washington Sculptors Group and board chairman of the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project, a nonprofit arts and cultural center in Montgomery County Maryland.