Byron, Michael

Michael Byron (born August 18, 1954) is an American visual artist. He holds a B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and a M.F.A from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Byron currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is a professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis. Byron had his first one person exhibition in May 1982, an installation entitled For the Nun at Artists Space, NYC. His work was included in this venue in the group exhibitions Social Spaces, 1988, anddemonclownmonkey, 2002. He had one person and group exhibitions in other spaces for the next two years culminating in his participation in An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in 1984. The basic character of Byron’s studio practice and conceptual investigation developed at this time while participating in P.S.1’s National Studio Program (1982–1983). From 1984 to 1989, Byron continued to work and exhibit in New York City as well as in solo and group exhibitions in galleries elsewhere in the United States and in Europe. After participating in the 1989 Whitney Biennial, Byron moved to Amsterdam in the Netherlands where he lived and worked for five years. Other exhibitions include: As Far as Amsterdam Goes, 1985, at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: the Musee Départemental d’Art Ancien et Contemporain, in Epinal, France, 1992,and the 43rd Biennial of Contemporary American Painting at the Retrieved March 2011, Washington, D.C. in 1993. In 1997 Byron participated in group exhibitions at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, The Magic of Numbersin Stuttgart, Germany and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s The City Series: St. Louis, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and in April, 2000, the “Deja Vu” exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y.
Solo museum exhibitions include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1987, a joint exhibition sponsored by the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and the Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, both in Rotterdam, 1991. In March 1996, a group of paintings entitled Short Stories were exhibited in the Current Solo Exhibition Program at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Amitin Notebook Project first exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, November 2001–February 2002, traveled to the Blaffer Gallery, the Museum of the University of Texas, Houston, June–September 2002. An exhibition entitled “Cosmic Tears” opened at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis in September 2009.

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