Michael Kolster                                                                    May 2018
41 Longfellow Ave.
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3185 (office/studio)
http://www.michaelkolster.com                             

2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow

Exhibition Record
Solo
2019        Take Me to the River, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia (upcoming, fall)

2018        Paris Parks, Artspace Herndon, Herndon, Virginia (upcoming, June/July)
               Hawaiian Plastiglomerates, Lehman Gallery, Brooks School, N. Andover, MA

2017        Take Me to the River, Combes Gallery, American University of Paris, France

2015        Take Me to the River, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

2014        Proving Ground, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, Maine

2013        Rivers Lost and Found, SRO Gallery, Texas Tech School of Art, Lubbock, TX
               itiswhatitis, Space Gallery, Portland, Maine

2012        Still Life: Photographs on Glass, Schroeder Romero Shredder Gallery, Chelsea,                      New York, NY
                A River Lost and Found, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
                James River Photographs, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
                Down by the River, Tony Hungerford Gallery, College of So. Maryland, La Plata
                Two Rivers, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2009        New Orleans, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine, Portland

2008        Dwell, n., Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

2007        Flux, Area Gallery, USM, Portland, ME (catalog) photographs from New Orleans

2006        comeandsee, The Map Room, Portland, ME (catalog)

2005        The Daily Post Grids, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
               Multiples, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

2003        Mojave, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

1999        Selections, FVA, San Francisco, CA

1994        Houses, Bank of Oakland, Oakland, CA

1992        From Here to Now, Boston University Bookstore, Boston, MA

Two-Person
2015        The Redemption of the Schuylkill, Slought Foundation/University of
                     Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. PA, with Geoffrey James

2003        Coastal, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
                Botanica, Round Room Gallery, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA

2002        Maine Coast: Photos and Paintings, Saco Museum, Saco, ME
               Botanica, Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA

Juried Group
2015        Wet Plate Collodion, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Director’s Award
               Surviving the Storm, Katrina 10 Years Later, Montgomery College,
                         Silver Spring, MD

2014        Landscape Today and Tomorrow, LLB Galleries, SUNY Geneseo
               A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
               Scope: The Southern Landscape, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
              75 Years of Photography at City College, SF Camera Work, San Francisco, CA

2012       National Exposure Revisited, ARC Gallery, Chicago. IL
              Art in the Open, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2011       Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition, MFA, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
              ETAL, California Museum of Photography, Riverside
              The Suburban Challenge, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR
              Hand+Eye - Curators Choice Gallery, TTL Gallery, Durham NC (catalog)

2010       Altered: National Juried Photography Exhibition, U of West Florida, Pensacola

2009        New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
               National Photography ’09, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY
               American Visions Photography, Museum of Anthropology CSU, Chico, CA

2002        Biennial, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
               Plugged In, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

1997        Photo Review Juried Annual, Philadelphia, PA, juried by Emmet Gowin

1994        Magic Silver, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
               Photo 94, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
               Juried Annual, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
               MetroPhoto Annual, San Francisco, CA

1992        Graduate Students of New England, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

Invitational Group
2018        Art in the Open: Selections 2010-2018, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2016        Branching Out, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Portland, Maine

2015        Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Maine
               Selections from the Bruce Brown Collection, U of Maine Museum, of Art, Bangor
               Highways and Byways, Portland Public Library, Maine, Sponsored by CMCA
               Sliver and Salt, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME

2014        Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, U of NE Gallery, Portland, ME

2013        View Find, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2012        Concerning Line, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2011        Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

2009        Ordinary Life, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

2008        Art Show and Sale, 30 Romasco Studio, Portland, ME

2003        Taking Pictures, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

2002        Art Faculty, Bowdoin College, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

1995        Three Americans, Z Space, Paris, France
                
Grants and Awards
2018        Artist Teaching Resident, Brooks School, No. Andover, MA
               Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2016        Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2015        Project Grant Award, Maine Arts Commission
               Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2014        Finalist (with collaborator Matthew Klingle), Lange-Taylor Prize,
                    Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC
2013        John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
               Leave Supplement Award, Bowdoin College        
               Alan M. Christenfeld Award, Bowdoin College
               Faculty Research Award, Bowdoin College
2012        Residency Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2011        Bowdoin Faculty Fellowship, Bowdoin College
2008        Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, Bowdoin College
2006        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2005        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2004        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
2002        Fletcher Family Research Grant, Bowdoin College
               Rusack Coastal Studies Project Initiative Fund, Bowdoin College
2002        Faculty Research and Travel Grant, Bowdoin College
2001        Rusack Coastal Studies Project Initiative Fund, Bowdoin College
1992        Polaroid Artist Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation
1991        Polaroid Artist Support Grant, Polaroid Corporation

Collections
The American University of Paris
Brown University Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
Capital One Financial Corporation
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. AZ
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
The Polaroid Corporation
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Monographs
Published
2016    Take Me to the River, 240-page book of four river portfolios and three essays
           George Thompson Publishing, Inc., Staunton, Virginia
           Nominated for the Aperture Foundation's annual First Photo Book award.

Forthcoming
2019    LA River, 128-144-page book of Los Angeles River ambrotypes
           with essays by D. J. Waldie and Frank Gohlke, undercontract
           anticipated release Spring 2019, George Thompson Publishing, Inc.

Publications
2018    Spotlight: Contributor Michael Kolster, Memorious Issue 28 (upcoming)

2017    Take Me to the River, BokehBokeh, Berkeley, CA, Fall 2017
           That Historical Coincidence, “Eyes on the South,” Oxford American                                     Magazine, April 3
           Don’t Take Pictures, Photo of the Day, June 15, Kat Kiernan
           The Daily Post - http://dailypost.bowdoin.edu,
                 ongoing since 2002, over 5500 entries

2016    Take Me to the River, Social Documentary Network, January 2016 Spotlight

2015    River Glass, Boom: A Journal of California, Summer, Vol. 5, No. 2,
           You Can’t Get There From Here, Biennial Catalogue, Portland Museum of Art
           Changing Place, The Backstory, Audio Recording, Biennial,
                Portland Museum of Art
           The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd Edition, Christopher James
           Topsham: From the River to the Highlands, by Robert C. Williams
           Maine Photographs: A History (1840-2015), by Bischof, Danly, and Shettleworth,                 Down East Books
           LA River Ambrotypes, F-Stop Magazine, Issue #71, Summer

2014    From the River: Michael Kolster’s Handmade Photographs, KCET Artbound,
                Carren Jao, Nov. 24

2012    Loupe Vol 2, Issue 3, Journal of the Photographic Resource Center, Boston
           Memorious Issue18, A Journal of New Verse and Fiction

2010    Consilience – The Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Columbia                 University, NY
           Last Days of the Coliseum, Connecticut Public Television

2007    New Orleans Photographs 2005-2006, catalogue

2006    Four Projects: The Map Room as an Image-Making Device, catalogue

1997    Photo Review Annual, Philadelphia, PA

1991    From Here to Now, commissioned book, Allendale Columbia School,
                 Rochester, NY

Reviews
2017    Take Me to the River Book Review, Emma Brown, ZEKE Magazine, Fall Issue
           Take Me to the River Book Review, A. Quintenz-Fiedler, Photographer’s Forum,                     Summer Issue
           Take Me to the River Book Review, Blake Andrews, PhotoEye, Santa Fe, March 23
2015   THE PMA BIENNIAL, Britta Konau, The Portland Phoenix, November 4
          Maine Event: Excellent Art on View in Portland Biennial, S. Smee, The Boston                        Globe, Dec 15
          Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial, D. Kany, Portland (ME) Press-Herald, Oct. 18
          Art Review: The PMA Biennial, S. Bouchard, The Bollard, Nov 5
          Past and Present Perspectives, Britta Konau, The Portland Phoenix, April 1

2014   Take Me to the River: Wet Plate Photography by Michael Kolster, 35to220.com
          Photos Mirror Images Taken Centuries Ago, Rob Pavey, Augusta (GA) Chronicle

2012   Shock of the New, Amazing Use of the Old, Phil Isaacson, Portland Press Herald
          Androscoggin Project Gains Attention, Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
          Michael Kolster: Making a Glass Wall, Kevin Logghe, Fotosavant.com, July
          Resemblance, Mark Harley, Richmond Arts Review, 14 September
          Michael Kolster Explores the James River, FanoftheFan.com, 19 September
          New Photography by Michael Kolster, Rebecca Barnabi, Examiner.com, September
          Michael Kolster: Still Life, Photographs on Glass, NY Art Beat, July
          A River Lost and Found, 207 News Magazine segment, WCSH6 TV, Portland, ME

2011    The Androscoggin Then and Now, article and video, Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal

2008    Dwell, n. at Icon, David Raymond, Art New England, June/July
           He Points, Shoots, Makes a Point, Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram, April

2006    Don’t Forget New Orleans, Beth Brogan, Times Record, Brunswick, ME, October
           comeandsee, Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram, August
           Eye Cartography, Ian Paige, Portland Phoenix, July
2004    Multiples at Icon, Chris Thompson, Art New England, June/July
           Kolster’s Decisiveness, Philip Isaacson, Maine Sunday Telegram

Visiting Artist Lectures
2018    “Clarence White’s World,” lecture to docents, Portland Museum of Art

2017    Artist-in-Residence, The American University of Paris
           “Photographers on Photography,” gallery talk, Portland Museum of Art, ME
           The Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA

2016    Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center, Skowhegan, Maine    
           Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth, Maine  
 
2015    Panel discussion, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, The Redemption of the                     Schuylkill River
           “Photography in Focus,” Mellon Workshop, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

2014    Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
           Georgia Regents University, Augusta

2013    Gale Memorial Lecture, University of New Mexico School of Art, Albuquerque

2012    Art in the Open Philadelphia, Juried Participating Artist
           Visiting Artist, University of Richmond, VA
           “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Hallowell Gallery, Hallowell, ME
           “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Western Maine Audubon, Jay, ME
2011    “The Androscoggin River: Lost and Found,” Civic Forum Series, Bates College,                     Lewiston, ME
           Artist Lecture, University of Richmond, VA
2009    Framing Time and Place" Conference, University of Plymouth, UK
           "New Orleans: Rebuilding an American City," Muskie School for Public Service, U.                 of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
           “Approaching the Big Picture Problem – New Orleans Rebuild and The Daily Post,”
           Allendale Columbia School, Rochester, NY
2007    Learning Associate, Bates College, Lewiston, ME
           Rockwell Visiting Artist, The Taft School, Watertown, CT
           Artist-in-Residence, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME
2000    Visiting International Artist, Brasil Em Foco, São Paulo, Brazil

Education
1992    M.F.A., Photography, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1989    Certificate, Documentary Photography full-time program
                International Center of Photography, NY, NY
1985    B.A., American Studies, Williams College, Williamstown, MA,
                concentration in Math/Computer Science
 
Professional Experience
2018-           Professor of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
2009-2018    Associate Professor of Art, Bowdoin College
2001-09        Assistant Professor of Art, Bowdoin College
2000-01        Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Bowdoin College
1994-2000    Instructor of Photography, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
1995-98        Instructor of Photography, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
1995             Instructor of Photography, UC Extension, San Francisco, CA
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