b. 1980. From Barre, Massachusetts. Living and working in Lexington, KY
MFA in Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BA in Social Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, School of Art and Visual Studies, Lexington, KY
Post-MFA Photography Fellow, University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
I have also held teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Connectivity Tables (forthcoming), Hyper Cultural Passengers, Hamburg, Germany
Multiple Exposures, SPE Northeast Juried Exhibition, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. Juried by Steve Skopik, Risham Majeed, and Clare Benson.
Meeting Point, Photo Is:Rael , Tel-Aviv, Israel
Collaborating with the Archive, Filter Space, Chicago, IL. Curated by Mary Statzer.
Faculty Series Vol. IV, Bolivar Art Gallery, Lexington, KY
Tunnel Vision: Select Works from Michael by Forest Kelley (solo), 934 Gallery, Columbus, OH
Full House, Localhost Gallery, Saint Louis, MI
Spring 2020, Streit House Space, Poughkeepsie, NY. Curated by Jordanna Kalman.
Analogue, 378 Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curated by Talia Moscovitz.
Rotterdam Photo, Deliplein, Rotterdam, Netherlands
World Press Photo, Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, Netherlands
If I could Turn Back Time, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. Curated by Paul Michael Brown.
State of Photography, Louisville Photo Biennial, Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
Live* from CICADA, CICADA, Ogden, UT
Michael (solo), 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Emerges: Collaborations, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA. Curated by Kira Hegeman and Jon Vogt.
Michael (solo), Suite Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
The Gun Show, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, MA. Curated by Maja Orsic of Robert Klein Gallery.
The Soul & the Pawnshop, Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA
Pale Firework, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
Seven Stories Tall, Clamp Art, New York, NY
RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
The Beloved Community, Exposé Gallery, Providence, RI
Nature’s Gifts, Warwick Art Museum, Warwick, RI
Cloaked and Crashing, Exposé Gallery, Providence, RI
My Soles Have These Stories, Sideways Gallery, Boston, MA
Under the Influence, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
All The Dire Motives, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
Complexity, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI
Arc of Alchemy, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
First Year MFA Photography, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI
Casual Abyss, Hamburger Eyes, San Francisco, CA
Pop Noir, Southern Exposure Gallery/Electric Works, San Francisco, CA
I Feel I am Free But I Know I am Not, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Optic Illusion, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Getting Closer, Spare Room Project, San Francisco, CA
Mestizx Issue N6. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Balam
Newton, Karen. “Uncle Michael.” Style Weekly (Vol. 36, No. 22), May 29, 2018
The Ones We Love Issue No. 2. Iowa
Capricious Issue No. 14. Brooklyn, NY
Scrapped Issue No. 2. Brooklyn, NY
Herring, Oliver. TASK, Illinois: University Galleries of Illinois State University.
Camerawork Volume 36 No. 1. San Francisco: SF Camerawork.
The Continuing Story of Life on Earth Issue 013. San Francisco: Hamburger Eyes.
Leaving a Mark Issue 2. San Francisco: Cutter Photozine.
Awards / Grants
Critical Mass Top 50 Award, Photolucida.
Imagemaker Award, Society for Photographic Education.
Peabody Award, Documentary, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Best Music Score, International Documentary Association, Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Composers: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley and Alex Somers)
School of the Arts Research Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Graduate Studies Grant, Rhode Island School of Design. Jurors: Michael Mandiberg and Allan Wexler.
Graduate Studies Grant, Rhode Island School of Design. Jurors: Alyson Baker and João Ribas.