Michael Brown has been a professional artist for over thirty years exhibiting his landscape paintings in a number of gallery and museum shows throughout North Carolina, but he is best known for his mural work. He has completed numerous murals in North Carolina, as well as in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Chicago and Baltimore. As part of the Chapel Hill/UNC bicentennial celebration, he was commissioned to do a painting for the Post Office as a companion piece to an existing mural by the distinguished Depression-era artist, Dean Cornwell. Other prominent murals include a large realistic historical painting which encircles the walls of the historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, North Carolina and murals for the rotunda of the Greensboro Public Library and the Veterans Museum in Tarboro.
Brown received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNC Chapel Hill in 1977 and was a fellow in residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Providence, Massachusetts from 1977 through 1979. After completing his education he was hired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York to design and implement a program for disadvantaged and challenged students which he completed in 1981. He then began teaching at Meredith College in Raleigh where he taught for the next decade.
He has been featured in periodicals and newspapers such as The Durham Herald, The News and Observer, Carolina Alumni Review, Our State, Chapel Hill Magazine, Oxford American, The Independent, The Village Voice, and The Baltimore Sun.