About Mike's Art

Michael Day is probably best known in Mississippi for his long and successful dance career.
However, he was originally a popular sports cartoonist, graphic designer and newspaper advertising artist.

A self-taught artist, Mike attended Hinds Junior College in Raymond, MS where he entered the Commercial Design and Advertising program. Along with his studies, he was Public Relations Chairman for the student government and served as the advertising artist and cartoonist for the college's newspaper. In his first year with "The Hindsonian," he received the first place awards for both advertising design and cartooning from the Mississippi Junior College Press Association. He also was recognized as the first place Junior College cartoonist in the nation from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York.

After college and a short stint as an advertising artist for “The Clarion Ledger” and "The Jackson Daily News," he accepted the position as the main staff artist for the Advertising Services department of the “Hattiesburg American”.
Along with advertising and logo design, feature story illustrations and editorial cartooning, he created "SportsArt" featuring cartoons for the University Southern Mississippi and other universities across the south.

In the evenings, he was known as one of Mississippi's best disco dancers winning numerous dance contests in dance clubs throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Several of those night clubs hired him to create their logos, tee-shirt designs, graphics for specialty advertising items, print media advertising and even some interior design artwork.

Mike returned to Jackson to become the art director for Miss-Lou Specialty Advertising, Inc. and then worked with Advertising Visuals, Inc., Mississippi's largest screen printing company, creating logos, vinyl designs and various other artwork including all of A.V.I.'s custom T-shirt and ball cap artwork. He continued his work as a freelance cartoonist for the Hattiesburg American during the football season with his sports cartoons.

President Carter's challenge

Editorial Cartoons for the Hattiesburg American.

Iran holds U.S.hostages but needs our help
Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Durán fight
George "The Iceman" Gervin

In 1982, he began his training as a professional Ballroom dance instructor and competitor. His graphic art and cartooning career was sidelined by a very successful career as a dance instructor, competitor, choreographer, performer and competition organizer.

Over thirty years later, encouraged by his wife, Lisa, he answered an advertisement for the position of editorial cartoonist for the "Jackson Free Press". It was a challenge having not drawn professionally for three decades, but he finally returned to his original artistic roots.

After two years with the Free Press, Mike moved on to pursue painting, graphic design and custom screen printing.
He and his wife Lisa also operate Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center.

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