Michael E Pointer Fine Art Michael E Pointer Fine Art

Bio and Resume

I am a fourth generation artist. I received my first camera at age nine and began formal art training at the Wichita Art Association and the Wichita Art Museum. At age 12 I also began to work in the darkroom under the tutelage of my father, Ed Pointer, a painter with an interest in photography. I grew up making art. In 1969 I had photography selected for the National Scholastic Art Awards exhibit in Wichita, Kansas.

I spent ten years on active duty in the United States Air Force. During this period I won several command awards for photography and for charcoal drawings. After a solo photography exhibit in Wichita, Kansas in 2000 I was invited to become a Lecturer in Photography at Wichita State University School of Art and Design and taught there for three years.

In 2009 I moved to Kabul, Afghanistan with the Afghanistan Dental Relief Project. While there I set up a dental laboratory to support a free dental clinic in southwest Kabul and taught Dental Technology to a group of young Afghan women and men. I also participated in taking dental treatment into imprisoned Afghan women and their children. Additionally, I became acquainted with Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA) where I lectured on my photography and became a member of their advisory board. CCAA teaches contemporary art forms to young Afghan women. 

Selected Exhibits since 2000

2000-”Streetwise” solo exhibit at Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Kansas
2000-”Wide Open Lens” Trish Higgins Fine Art
2000-Small Works National Invitational, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
2000-”Tiny Works...for the Ages” Project Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2001-13th Faculty Biennial, Wichita State University School of Art and Design
2001-”Drama of the Ordinary” John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold, Maryland
2002-”A Few Good Pointers” with my father, Ed Pointer, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2002-”Three” Three person exhibit, Tangent Lab, Wichita, Kansas
2002-”City Arts Juried Art Exhibit” City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2003-”City Arts Directors Show” Charles H. Sanderson Award, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2004-”Two Mikes” Brickyard, Wichita, Kansas
2004- “A Few Good Pointers Too” With my father, Ed Pointer at City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2005-Select exhibits at City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2006-”Photoexpressionism” Redline Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2006-Represented by Phototroph Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2006- “Other Side of the Peak” (paintings) Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2007- Las Otras Americas” Group exhibit of photography City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2007-Plantera Group Exhibit, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2008-Artdoxa invited me to join.
2009-Lectured at Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
2010-Returned to Wichita, Kansas
2010-”Afghanistan” solo photography exhibit, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2010-”RE: Generations Three” with my father and my niece, Sarah Roberts, City Arts
2010-”Art and Social Justice: Reflections on Work and Social Justice” Lecture to Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University of St. Louis.
2010-Invited to Pulitzer Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
2010-Wichita Arts Council Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention
2011- Numerous local exhibits in Wichita
2011-”Foto: Pushing Boundaries” Juried exhibit Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011-”The Big Picture” Illiterate Media, Month of Photography Denver, Colorado. Images enlarged and pasted on downtown buildings.
2011-”He” Group visual arts exhibit Steckline Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2011- “Future Events Appear Real” Three person visual arts exhibit Tangent Lab, Wichita,KS
2012-”Modern Olympia” published in Simulacrum, an Art History journal in the Netherlands.
2012-”The Art of Photography” San Diego Art Institute
2012-”Fallen” published in Exposures, a book of selected images from Artists Wanted, NY,NY
2012- “Within the Drought” Erman B. White Gallery El Dorado, KS Solo exhibit
2012- “Contemporary Trading Cards” Plymouth, England
2012- Taiwan Photo 2012 Taipei City, Taiwan
2013- Canteen Magazine Naked Judging Photo Contest Runner-up
2013- Lenscratch article for Canteen
2013-Trace Gallery “Permanence/Decay” for Month of Photography (MOP) Denver
2013- The Big Picture various images enlarged and pasted on buildings in Denver for MOP
2013- Expo-Arts Puglia, Italy
2014- Two images selected as finalists for the Sixth Annual Pollux Awards
2014- The Tattoo in Contemporary Art, 910 Arts Denver, CO
2014- Grayscale, The Black Box Gallery, Portland OR
2014- Lenscratch Collaborative Exhibition with Alicia Savage
2014-"A Few Good Pointers: The Return" City Arts Wichita,KS
2014-"Phenomena: The Material Image" Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art Epsten Gallery, Overland Park,KS
2015- "Urban Suburban XI" Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS

2015- Naked Jury Canteen Magazine fourth runner-up
2015-"CTL-ALT-DLT" Point Gallery Denver,CO
2015-"The Big Picture" MoP Biennial Denver,CO
2016-"Silhouettes of Other Dreams" Point Gallery Denver,CO
2016-"Center Forward" Honorable Mention Center For Fine Art Photography Ft Collins,CO
2017-"Instagramica" Solo exhibit The Fiber Studio Wichita,KS
2017-"Photography Unsettled" Artworks Loveland Loveland,CO
2017-"The Big Picture" MoP Denver Biennial Denver,CO
2017-"Mudras" Leedy-Voulkos Center Kansas City,MO
2017-"Center Forward" Center for Fine Art Photography Ft Collins, CO
2017-"Urban Collage: Radical Heterogeneity" Feral Factory Denver, CO
2017-"Inaugural National Photography Exhibit" Mark Arts Wichita, KS
2018-"National All Media Exhibit" 2nd Place, Mark Arts Wichita, KS

2018-"Member's Exhibit" Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft Collins, CO

2018-"Pasture Survey- Kansas" Solo Exhibit at City Arts, Wichita, KS

2018-Rfotofolio- "Photographer Selections 2018

2019-"The Naked Print" Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts 3rd place

2019-Colorado Photographic Arts Center Member’s Exhibit

2019-Center for Fine Art Photography "Center Forward"

2020-Five State Regional Mark Arts 100, Wichita, KS

2020-"A Foot in the Door" Wichita Art Museum

2021-"Hindsight 2020" Art House 310 Wichita, KS

2021-"Techspressionism Collaboration 2" Kunstmatrix Techspressionism.com

Emprise Bank Corporate Collection
Cargill Protein Corporate Collection

2001 Shocker Alumni Magazine Wichita State University Alithea Mime Theatre trip to Puerto Rico
2002 Mikrokosmos black and white image “Little House”

2010 Naked City Volume III Issue XI
2013 Simulacrum art history journal Netherlands “Modern Olympia”

2014 Lenscratch.com 2014 Collaborative Exhibition Essay "Conversation"
2015 Canteen Issue Nine The State of Creation

2014 Lenscratch.com 2014 Collaborative Exhibition Essay "Conversation"

2016 The Hand Magazine Issue #14
2017 The Hand Magazine Issue #17
2018 The Hand Magazine issue #22
2019 Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques 2nd edition 
2021 Black and White Magazine Smartphone contest 3 images December 2021 issue

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