New Jersey – Darren was born in 1976 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1998, he completed his B.F.A. from the University of Hartford / Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He earned an M.F.A. in Painting in 2004 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Recent residencies include: The Cooper Union Drawing & Painting Residency (NY) in ‘06; The Artists’ Enclave at I-Park Residency (CT) in ‘07; and The Millay Colony for the Arts (NY) in August, 2008.
Recent exhibitions of note include: Existential Artworks (2 person show) at The Dead Cat Gallery in Providence, RI; W.O.P. at the Brewery Project in Los Angeles, CA; The New Jersey Arts Annual at the Noyes Art Museum in Oceanville, NJ; As Careers Unfold at the North American corporate headquarters of Daimler Chrysler in Southfield, MI; and The Cooper Union Drawing & Painting Residency Exhibition at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY.
McManus’ paintings are included in the curated corporate collections of Daimler Chrysler, Mercedes Benz and HighMoon Studios (an off-shoot of Sega.) Additionally, his work can be found in the recently released hard cover series, Best of National Artists and Artisans published by Kennedy Publications, Inc.
He is currently a studio artist / adjunct professor living in Lambertville, New Jersey.