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Michael Wright, is a painter working in both traditional and electronic mediums. He has exhibited digital works
at the Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, the @ Cafe, New York City, the
Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, the Municipal Gallery in Hollywood, the
Riverside Community College Gallery, the University Gallery, California State University at Chico, the Downey
Museum of Art, Downey Calif., the Sam Francis Gallery in Santa Monica, Fine Arts Gallery, California State
University Los Angeles, On Line Gallery CyberArts International, Pasadena, Cal., The Site Gallery, Los Angeles
and Downtown Lives in Los Angeles. He currently has digital works on tour as part of the 9th National Computer
Art Invitational of Eastern Washington State University.

His work appears currently in a new book "The Computer in the Visual Arts" by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown
University, published by Addison Wesley . The book "is a seminal contribution in how computers are used in art
and design, integrating theory, examples, concepts underlying all the major types of graphics software, explaining
the principles and practices that artists, designers, illustrators, and photographers simply must understand to take
full advantage of this dynamic, visual medium. ŒThe Computer in the Visual Arts1 gives the whole picture,
pioneer artists, technical principles, artistic choices, creative uses and misuses, all with the freshness of the
hands-on practitioner." His digital works are also published in Linda Jacobs' book Cyberarts: Exploring Art &
Technology, Wired, Micro Publishing News and Computer Graphics & Applications. He and his work have been
featured on Agent X, Television Tokyo and Patricia Shields on Art in New York.

Wright is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Digital Media Program at Otis College of Art and Design
in Los Angeles. Wright has instructed for the Institute for Teaching and Learning, California State University Long
Beach. He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and has also been a Guest Artist in
Communication Studies at California State University at Los Angeles introducing video and the computer. He was
Guest Artist at California State University Summer Arts, Computer workshop for Artists and designers, Humbolt
State University, Arcata, Calif. He formally served on the Siggraph Education Committee and the Siggraph
Traveling Exhibition Committee. Wright also instructs on a regular basis for the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

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RESUME 1999

EXHIBITIONS (selected)

1998 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" Noyes Museum, Oceanville New Jersey.
1998 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" Belmont University, Nashville TN
1997 "Bodies in Motion" Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.
1997 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" Tyler Aetr Gallery; State University of New York- Oswego, Oswego NY.
1997 "L A Digilantes: a retrospective" Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
1997 "Blow Up" Site Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif
1997 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" South Seattle Community College, Seattle,Wash
1997 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" University of Wisconsin, Madison Wi
1996 "Contemporary Treasures" Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif
1996 "Computer-Generated Fine Arts" Riverside Community College Gallery, Riverside Calif
1996 "Dues Ex Machina" Digital Art Exhibition, Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University,
Pomona, Calif.
1996 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" Bellevue, Community College, Bellevue, Wash.
1996 "Ninth National Computer Art Invitational" Gallery of Art, Eastern Washington University, Cheney,Washington
1995-6 "Michael Wright: Monotypes" First Interstate Bank, Brentwood, Calif.
1995 "Digital Explosion" Finegood Art Gallery, Benard Milken Jewish Community Center,West Hills, Calif.
1995 "Digital Site: art / computer interface" Site Gallery, Los Angeles, Cal. and in New York City at the @ Cafe in the
concurrent exhibition "Digital Site: LA/NYC" sponsored by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.
1995 "Los Angeles Printmaking Society: 13th National Exhibition" juried by Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Curator,
Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif.
1995 "Man Made Landscapes" Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery, Torrance, Calif.
1995 "Information Superhighway" Juried by Peter Frank & Patric Prince, Downey Museum of Art, Downey Calif.
1995 "Separate Realities" Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, Calif.
1994 "The Cheekwood National" Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville Tennessee juried by Kenneth Noland
and Jennifer Wells.
1994 "Underexposed" Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif. curated by Jonathan Green,
Director of the Californis Museum of Photgraphy, Riverside
1994 "'Digital LA" Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica,Calif.
1994 "Computer Mediated Imagery" President's Gallery, Northern Aberdeen State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota
1994 "Digital Artifacts" University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico, Chico, Calif.
1994 "Digital Spectrum" Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, Calif.
1993 "Michael Wright: Digital Images" Cerro Coso College Fine Arts Gallery, Ridgecrest, Calif.
1993 "The Verdict" Loyola Law School juried by Susan Muchnic, Los Angeles, Calif.
1993 "Digital Salon Des Independents" EZTV: CYBERSPACE Gallery, West Hollywood Calif.
1993 "DownArt" juried by Frank Romero and Shana Snow, Los Angeles, Calif.
1993 "CyberArt" University of Oregon Continuation Center, Eugene, Oregon, Curated by Daria Barclay

1992 "Michael Wright: Seascapes" The Wilshire Hobart Building, Los Angeles, Calif.
1992 "SILENT PARTNERS" Cyberspace Gallery, EZTV: West Hollywood, Calif.
1992 "12th ANNUAL JURIED SHOW" Curated by Adolfo V. Nodal for Orange County Center for Contemporary Art,
Santa Ana, Calif.
1991-2 "ON LINE GALLERY" Curated by Patric Prince for CyberArts International, Pasadena, Calif.
1991 "The Computer Generated Art of Michael Wright" Buena Park City Council Chambers Gallery, Buena Park, Calif.
1991 "ART CENTRAL multimedia juried exhibition of small works" juried by Josine Starels, Da Vinci Gallery,
Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, Calif.
1991 "16TH Annual Multi Media Juried Art Show" Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank ; award winner, juror
Franklyn Liegel
1990 "Small Images" Fine Arts Gallery California State University Los Angeles, Calif.

1989-90 "Winter Exhibition" Gallery West, Beverly Hills Calif.
1989 "The Flesh and the Sprit" Art Store Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
1987 "Salon Des Independants" Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
1987 "Art Expo California" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts and Winn Galleries, Los Angeles Calif.
1987 "Art Expo San Francisco" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts, Los Angeles Calif.
1986 "Personae: Southern California Figurative Art" Cal State University Los Angeles, juror Ruth Weisberg
Los Angeles Calif.
1986 "Art Expo Chicago" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts, Los Angeles Calif.
1986 "Art Expo Miami" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts, Los Angeles Calif.
1986 "Art Expo San Francisco" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, Calif.
1986 "Art Expo California" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts and Winn Galleries, Los Angeles Calif.
1986 "Art Expo New York" represented by Photo and Graphic Arts, New York, New York, NY
1985 "Art Expo California" represented by Photo and Graphic Art, Los Angeles, Calif.
1984 "Black and White 84" Centry Gallery, Cultural Center, Sylmar, Calif.
1984 "L.A. 84" Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale Calif. juror Arnold Mesches
1984 "Sixteen Contemporary Realists" Modesto College Art Gallery, Modesto, Calif.
1981 "Reflections 1976-1980: Paintings and Drawings by Michael Wright" The Gallery, Santa Cruz Public Library,
Santa Cruz, Calif.
1979 "The California Show" Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle Wash.
1978 "Mike Wright Figure Drawings" North Gallery, Richmond Art Center, Richmond Calif.
1978 "Drawing by Michael Wright" Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey Calif.
1976 "Maude Church, Karl Black, Michael Wright" San Jose Museum of Art San Jose, Calif.
1975 "Michael Wright: Recent Paintings and Drawings" Adlai Stevenson College Library Gallery, U C Santa Cruz,
Santa Cruz, Calif.
1975 "Drawings and Paintings by Michael Wright" Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
1974 "Michael Wright" Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, Calif.

INSTALLATION
1997 "L A Digilantes: a retrospective" Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
1996 "Downtown Lives 96" Downtown Artists Development Association, Los Angeles, Calif.

Video / Performance
1997 "Bodies in Motion" Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.
1991 CyberArts International, Pasadena, Calif.

REVIEWS AND ARTICLES (selected)

Luster, Gary "Artist Produces Digital Paintings on Amiga" Page 70 Micro Publishing News, Published by Micro Press,
December 1997
 
Bunn, Austin "Digilantes Display Their Low-Fi Struggle" Hot Wired, Aug 5th 1997 published by Wired Ventures
Inc, Wired on Line, San Francisco, Cal.
 
Luster, Gary "Digilantes Take Computer Art into own Hands at LA Museum" Micro Publishing News, Published
by Micro Press, August 1997
 
Knaff, Devorah L. "Show grapples with art for computer generation" Riverside Press---Enterprise Published by
the Riverside Press, October 1996, Riverside Calif.
 
Jeffery, Noel "Digital Artists See Old Barriers Crumble" Micro Publishing News, Published by Micro Publishing Press,
February 1996
 
Cavener, Jim "God and Machine" Daily Bulletin February 15, 1996, Published by the Donrey Media Group, Pamona Calif.
 
Beale, Steven, "Downey Museum of Art Presents Digital Exhibit" Micro Publishing News, published by Micro Publishing
Press, April 1995, Torrance, Calif.

Agent X, Television Tokyo, interview for "Digital LA" at the Sam Francis Gallery, Produced by Future Pirates Inc.,
funded by Panasonic.
 
"Final Focus" Computer Graphics and Applications published by IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos Calif., 1993
 
Shields, Patricia "Patricia Shields on Art with guest Michael Wright" 30 minute video produced by Shields
 
Stutzin, Leo "Study of Human Faces and Figures" Modesto Bee, Page D-1 May 6, 1984, Modesto, Calif.
 
Albright, Thomas "Personal Calligrqaphy To The Figure Redefined" The San Francisco Chronicle, Page 60, Sept.
26, 1979, San Francisco, Calif.
 
Curtis, Cathy "Review" The Berkeley Independent Gazette, Page 19, the Sunday Magazine, Sept, 1979, Berkeley, Calif.
 
Manildi, Steve "Michael Wright" Centerstage Magazine, July 1978, Pages 42-45, Santa Cruz, Calif.
 
Allman, Paul "Mans Vision in Richmond" The Berkeley Independent Gazette Page 6, May 19, 1978, Berkeley, Calif.
 
Robertson, Salli "Karl Black and Michael Wright" Artweek June 18, 1977 Oakland, Calif.

BOOKS

1998 "The Computer inthe Visual Arts" by Anne Morgan Spalter, Brown University, published by Addison
Wesley, Berkeley Calif.
1993 "Street Gallery" by Robin Dunitz, published by RDJ Enterprises Los Angeles, Calif.
1992 "CyberArts:Exploring Art & Technology" CYBERARTS GALLERY By Linda Jacobson, Published by
Miller Freeman, San Francisco, Calif.

CATALOGES
1995 "Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 13th National Exhiibition" Los Angeles, Calif.
1994 "The Cheekwood National" Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville Tennessee
1985 Personae: Southern California Figurative Art, Los Angeles, Calif.
1985 Multi-Media, Torrance, Calif.
1982 21 Contemporary American Realists, San Jose, Calif.

PUBLIC WORKS (selected murals)

1997 6'x 21' "Hudnall Fantasy" Hudnall Elementary, Inglewood, Calif.
1997 7'x 18' "the Lampson Sea" Lampson Elementary, Garden Grove, Calif.
1996 7'x 25' "Hadan Rainforest" Hadan Elementary Pacoima Calif.
1996 7'x 20' "Lampson Elementary" Lampson Elementary, Garden Grove, Calif.
1995 50'x 8' "Wilson Lions" Wilson middle School, Pasadena, Calif.
1994 7'x26' "Panther Pride" Thorman Elementary, Tustin Calif.
1994 7'x28' "Unity Mural" Pinewood Elementary, Tujunga Calif.
1994 7'x25' "California Kids in History" Lampson Elementary, Garden Grove, Calif.
1993 8'x25' "The Old Testament" Laural Hall School, North Hollywood, Calif.
1993 7'X28' "Past Present Future" Crona Elementary, Bell Calif.
1993 8'x34' " The Knights" Lakewood High School, Long Beach, Calif.
1993 6'x22' "Into the Future" Lampson Elementary, Garden Grove, California
1992 6'x57' "The Woodlawn Sea" Woodlawn School, Bell, Calif.
1991 9.5'x40' "The Arts" Pacific School, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
1991 9'x30' "The Strand" Hermosa Valley School, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
1991 3.5'x170' Pier Park Pool, City of Buena Park "Under the Sea"
1990 12'x18' "the 24th Street Wave" 24th Street School, Los Angeles, Calif.
1990 7'x85' Balboa Magnet School, Granada Hill, Calif.
1990 6'x36' West Hollywood Elementary, West Hollywood,Calif.
1988 9'x25' Barton Hills School, San Pedro, Calif. "Barton Hills Wave"
1988 8'x66, Kester School, Van Nuys, Calif. "Flight"
1987 8'x12'x55' Harbor Math Science, San Pedro, Calif "San Pedro History"

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY\COLLEGE LEVEL

1986-99 Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, Calif., Associale Professor Adjunct
1994-97 Mount San Antonio College, Walnut Calif.
1988-99 California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.1988-93, 1995, 1999
1985-89 Rancho Santago College, Santa Ana, Calif.
1978-84 West Valley College, Saratoga, Calif.
1980-82 DeAnza College, Cupertino, Calif.
1980-81 Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
1979 University of California Santa Cruz, Kresge College, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1978-81 University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1974-80 Cabrillo College Community Education, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1969-70 Shoreline College, Seattle, Wash

Educator Workshops (in excess of 100 workshops)

California State University System
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (eveings for Educators)
Performing Tree, Los Angeles. Calif.
Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, Santa Cruz, Calif.
California Arts Council

HIGH SCHOOLS

1989-99 Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Los Angeles,Calif.
1989-98 Crossroads School For the Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.

PRIMARY/JUNIOR HIGH ( in excess of 100 workshops)

1986-99 Performing Tree, Los Angeles, Calif.
1980-90 Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, Santa Cruz, Calif.

REVIEWS AND ARTICLES regarding educational activities (selected)

Stolley, Anna Marie, "A dolls house" The Los Angeles Time's Westside Weekly published by the Los Angeles Times
May 17, 1996
 
Mascare, Lisa "Barbie's Pad: Students get help for designs" The Outlook published by Copley Newspapers Santa
Monica, Calif., April 18, 1996
 
Szymkoski, Beth "Unity Mural eases school' s racial tensions" page 1, The Foothill Leader published by Leader
newspapers Glendale, Calif. April 13, 1994
 
Donohue, Marlena "Art Appreciation: Crossroads' Sam Francis Gallery Building Student Awareness" page B1
WestSide section of The Outlook published by Copley Newspapers Santa Monica, Calif, Dec 23, 1993
 
Shields, Patricia "Patricia Shields on Art with guest Michael Wright" 30 minute video produced by Shields
Productions, Santa Moncia, Calif. May, 1991
 
Natali, Lynda "Mural by 24 Students Shaping Up" Los Angele Times, Orange County edition, March 5, 1991
 
Gomez, Pat "Outstanding Art Educators Honored by Otis/Parsons" page 7 The Painted Monkey Nov. 1990,
The California Art Education Assoc. Pasadena, Calif.

ARTIST RESIDENCY (selected)

1998 The Institute for Teaching and Learning, California State University, Long Beach
1994 Guest Artist, Communication Studies, Video and the Computer, California State University at Los Angeles
1990 Guest Artist, California State University Summer Arts 90, COMPUTER WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS AND
DESIGNERS, Humbolt State University, Arcata, Calif.
1978-80 Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, Calif.

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (selected)

1988-99 Arts Educator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif.
1986-99 Arts Specialist, Performing Tree, Los Angeles, Cal.
1995-97 Board of Directors, Downtown Artists Development Association, Los Angeles,Calif.
1995-96 "Siggraph Traveling Exhibition" Selection Committee
1992-96 Siggraph Education Committee
1989-96 Gallery Director, SAM FRANCIS GALLERY Crossroads School For Art and Sciences, Santa Monica, Calif.
1978-82 Arts Commissioner, First District, Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1978-79 Director\Curator, The Gallery, Santa Cruz Public Library, Santa Cruz, Calif.

COURSES TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Concepts and issues in New Media Hypermedia
Nature of Computers Video and the Computer
Drawing and Composition Design, 2D and 3D
Life Drawing and painting Painting, acrylic, oils, and watercolor
Portrait, painting and drawing Landscape, painting and drawing
Instructor Training in the Fine Arts Sketching in the Galleries
Monotype and Woodcut Art Fundamentals
Museums of the Bay Area Collage
Drawing with Color Mural Painting
Critical theories Studio Visits
Color and Design concepts for Digital Media
Illustration Technique and Media

EDUCATION

1981 Community College Credential, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
1970 BFA Painting and Drawing, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
1970 BA European History, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

AWARDS (selected)

1990 CULTURAL AFFAIRS GRANT awarded by THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, LOS ANGELES, CALIf.,
Resulting in the"24th Street Wave" wall mural at 24th Street School in Los Angeles
 

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