Adjunct Faculty, Department of Graphic Design
In fifteen years of exhibiting experience Michael Dee has produced sculpture, installation, video, photography, drawing, and painting as well occasionally curating. His work in art production and independent curating informs and shapes his discipline based art education work, art collection management, freelance photography/videography, and graphic design work. He is currently completing a solo art exhibition, developing his own alternative space, and producing a short documentary.
Michael’s current body of work documents the plant and animal life of Southern California. He has photographed at The Butterfly Farm, The Living Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, The Theodore Payne Foundation, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, and Deukmejian Wilderness Park just to mention a few. His return to realism has coincided with a desire to share the intense colors and bright whites of the desert flowers with a more urban and industrial Los Angeles. He continues to use digital photography, giclee printing, acrylic painting, light boxes, and resin casting to produce works that reflect and glow with the life force of nature that does not always have a strong presence in metro areas. It is his hope that this work will inspire a dialogue about wildlife conservation, animal behavior, and intense color in Los Angeles.
M.F.A., Kent State University
B.A., Art Education, Kent State University