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June 2015

Work Featured on Cover of "Heightened Perceptions"

In the most recent issue of "Poets and Artists," my painting"Magnolia Stroll" is featured on the collector's edition cover! Paintings were curated by
John Seed and I was one of 50 artists whose art was chosen for this edition.

"Contemporary Figuration", Abend Gallery, Denver ,CO 


My painting, “Yellow Matrix”, was featured in American Art Collector magazine.

Inaugural Exhibit at the New Evanston Art Center

My work is on display at the Evanston Art Center from now until August 9th! 
This amazing show in the beautiful new gallery space north of Chicago is titled "Hybrid's Paradise" and was curated by Sergio Gomez.

April 2015

Cover Girl

My painting “Jesse & the Magnolia” was featured on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue of Home Fashion Forecast magazine. This trade magazine reaches more than 26,000 interior designers and home furnishings retailers and also had distribution at the world's largest furniture market in High Point, NC.

Induction to District 230 Legacy Hall

In April, I was inducted to the District 230 Foundation's Legacy Hall for 2015. I was among 10 alumni from Sandburg, Andrew, and Stagg high schools in Chicago's south suburbs selected for induction this year. We all attended the annual dinner that was held in our honor at Silver Lake Country Club, Orland Park, IL.

March 2015

Television Debut

A feature story about my work appeared on the March 23 edition of WCIU's "You & Me This Morning." I did a portrait of popular correspondent Chris Rose, which was unveiled live on the air following my segment. 

October 2014

Royal Portrait Unveiling

I was honored to be commissioned to paint a portrait for Qatar's Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani in the fall. Sheikh Faisal had business in Chicago that allowed me to present his portrait in person with my family present. The painting now hangs in his palace in Doha.
Pictured from left to right are Joel Carlins, my son Braden, Sheikh Faisal, me and my wife Laura.

June 2014

Chicago Painter Earns Prestigious Fellowship for Midwestern Artists
The Oil Painters of America grant 2014 prize established by philanthropist 
Dorothy Driehaus Mellin to Sauganash resident Michael Van Zeyl.


On June 7, the Oil Painters of America presented its 2014 awards during the group’s National Exhibition in Bennington, Vermont, including a special $20,000 grant for one Midwestern artist.

Orland Park native and Sauganash resident Michael Van Zeyl earned the 2014 Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists, honoring exceptional work by an artist based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin.

Van Zeyl received the award for his painting “Warm Glow in a Polar Vortex,” a realistic portrait depicting a young woman in a scarf and hat illuminated by a warm-colored light source. The painting was completed earlier this year during Chicago’s infamously bad winter from a spontaneous pose that resulted because the model Van Zeyl had hired was cold.

The Oil Painters of America is a national organization based in Crystal Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of representational art.

The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists is funded by Chicago’s Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a family foundation created in 1983 dedicated to enhancing natural and built environments as well as supporting visual and performing arts.

Van Zeyl is a full-time artist who has received numerous previous accolades including institutional and government portrait commissions. He is also a popular painting instructor at the historic Palette & Chisel on the Gold Coast, and the North Shore Art League in Winnetka. For more information, visit