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Michael Hower Photography.

Copyright 2019 Michael Hower

Bio

Michael Hower is a photographer living in Enola, Pennsylvania. His formal artistic education began with courses at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA. Further study carried him to Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, where he focused on painting, design and ceramics. He picked up a digital camera for the first time in 2012 and fell in love with the medium. His photography skills are self-taught and reflect his broader artistic training.

Michael’s work focuses on historical themes and showcases a personal journey of learning about local history and heritage. Through photography he documents his discovery of abandoned historical sites as well as their surrounding environments. Michael travels extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region seeking out the places and stories of our past.

His long-term projects of documenting Graffiti strewn landscapes, Prisons and ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic region are ongoing.

Resumé

Exhibitions – Solo and Group

Solo.  Graffiti Scapes.  August 16 – October 6, 2019.  The Gallery at Penn College.  Williamsport, PA.

4 Person.  Seekscapes.  April 5 – May 9, 2019.  Art Association of Harrisburg.  Harrisburg, PA.

Solo.  Steelworks.  April 2 – 26, 2019.  Newark Arts Alliance.  Newark, DE.

Solo.  ESP.  November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019.  Central Penn College.  Summerdale, PA.

Solo.  Photographs. United Zion Retirement Community.   April 2-30, 2018.  Lititz, PA.

Solo.  Concrete City.  March 1 – May 31, 2018.  Widener University.  Harriburg, PA.

Solo.  Abandoned Places.  October 13 – November 12, 2017.  Ventures Gallery, Rehoboth Art League. Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Solo.  Derailed.  April 1 – June 30, 2017.  Harrisburg Magazine.  Harrisburg, PA.

6 Person.  Still Explorations.  March 31 – April 28, 2017.  Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.  Glens Falls, NY.

Solo.  Michael Hower: Photographs.  September 30 – December 31, 2016.  Schein, Ernst and Mishra Eye Associates, Art Association of Harrisburg Community Art Exhibit.  Harrisburg, PA.

Solo. Foundations. March 1 – April 14, 2016. Atrium Gallery, WITF. Harrisburg, PA.

3 Person. Legend. November 13, 2015 – January 8, 2016. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Hamilton, OH

Solo. Remnants. April 29 – June 2, 2015. Mainstage Gallery, The Grand Opera House. Wilmington, DE.

3 Person. Invitational: Michael Hower, Concetta Mattioni, and Denis A. Yanashot. February 23 – March 20, 2014. Steinmetz Gallery, Lancaster County Art Association. Strasburg, PA.

Exhibitions and Awards – Juried

16th Adams County Arts Council Juried Art Exhibition.  May 30 – June 21, 2019.  Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Gettysburg, PA.  4th Place.

Focal Point.  January 24 – February 24, 2019.  MFA Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

9th Annual PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition and Exhibition.  January 14 – February 15, 2019.  Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Art Gallery.   Tallahassee, FL.

Americas 2019: Paperworks.  January 8 – February 15, 2019.  Northwest Art Center, Minot State University.  Minot, ND.

8th Annual National Juried Exhibition.  January 7 – February 8, 2019.  Visual Arts Center, Marshall University.  Huntington, WV.  Honorable Mention.

 RAL Regional Juried Photography Exhibition.  January 4 – February 7, 2019.  Rehoboth Art League. Rehoboth Beach, DE.

48th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. November 4 – December 15, 2018.  York Art Association.  York, PA. Merit Award.

8th Annual Olympus InVision PA Photographers Juried Exhibition. October 27 – December 12, 2018. Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory.  Bethlehem, PA.

Abandoned America: States of Disrepair.  October 5 – 27, 2018.  Mulberry Art Studios.  Lancaster, PA.

31st Annual Northern National Art Competition.  September 29 – November 9, 2018.  Nicolet College Art Gallery.  Rhinelander, WI.

8th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition.  September 7 – October 14, 2018.  Rehoboth Art League. Rehoboth Beach, DE.  Award of Excellence.

National Juried Photography Exhibition.  September 7 -29, 2018.  Academy Center of the Arts. Lynchburg, VA.  Juror’s Choice Award.

Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition.  August 24 – September 22, 2018.  Creative York.  York, PA.  Award of Distinction.

American Landscapes.  August 23 – September 22, 2018.  Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

Americas 2018: All Media. August 21 – October 6, 2018.  Northwest Art Center, Minot State University. Minot, ND.  Merit Award.

2018 Juried Art Exhibition.  July 17 – August 10, 2018.  South Arkansas Arts Center.  El Dorado, AK.

Art of the State.  June 24 – September 9, 2018.  Pennsylvania State Museum.  Harrisburg, PA.

Regional Juried Exhibition 2018. May 29 – July 27, 2018.  The Gallery at Penn College.  Williamsport, PA.  Presidents Award.

6th Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. May 19 – June 22, 2018.  Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College.  Niceville, FL.  Honorable Mention.

90th Annual International Juried Exhibition.  May 18 – June 21, 2018.  Art Association of Harrisburg. Harrisburg, PA.  2nd Place Photography.

12th Annual Juried Exhibition.  May 4 – 31, 2018.  Goggleworks Center for the Arts.  Reading, PA.

10th Annual Juried Exhibition.  March 15 – June 3, 2018.  Idaho Falls Arts Council.  Idaho Falls, ID.

Compendium (Land)scapes.  March 15 – May 6, 2018.  Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory.  Bethlehem, PA.

Photography VI.  February 2 – March 16, 2018.  Foundry Art Centre.  St. Charles, MO.

Lowe House Exhibition.  January 16 – April 9, 2018.  Lowe House of Delegates Building.  Annapolis, MD.

7th  Annual National Juried Exhibition.  January 8 – February 16, 2018.  Visual Arts Center, Marshall University.  Huntington, WV.  3rd Place.

Americas 2018: Paperworks.  January 9 – February 21, 2018.  Northwest Art Center, Minot State University.  Minot, ND.

7th Annual Olympus InVision PA Photographers Juried Exhibition. October 28, 2017 – January 8, 2018.  Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory.  Bethlehem, PA.

47th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. November 5 – December 16, 2017.  York Art Association.  York, PA.  Rehoboth Beach, DE.

2017 SAAG National Juried Show.  October 7 – November 11, 2017.  Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association.  Blue Ridge, GA.

30th Annual Northern National Art Competition.  September 18 – October 20, 2017.  Nicolet College Art Gallery.  Rhinelander, WI.

2017 PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition.  September 7-30, 2017.  Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Art Gallery.   Tallahassee, FL.

National Juried Photography Exhibition.  September 1 -30, 2017.  Academy Center of the Arts.  Lynchburg, VA.

Yorkfest Juried Exhibition.  August 25 – September 16, 2017.  Creative York.  York, PA.

American Landscapes.  August 10 – September 9, 2017.  Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

82nd National Juried Art Exhibition. July 14 – August 18, 2017.  Cooperstown Art Association.  Cooperstown, NY.

2017 Juried Art Exhibition.  July 6 – 28, 2017.  South Arkansas Arts Center.  El Dorado, AK.

National Juried Show.  June 11 – July 16, 2017.  Lancaster County Art Association.  Strasburg, PA.

Biggs Picture.  June 2 –July 23, 2017.  Biggs Museum of American Art.  Dover, DE.

Adams County Arts Council Fourrteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition.  June 1 – June 23, 2017.  Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Gettysburg, PA.

Dimensions 2017.  May 25 – July 25, 2017.  Womble Carlyle Gallery.  Winston-Salem, NC.

89th Annual International Juried Exhibition.  May 12 – June 15, 2017.  Art Association of Harrisburg.  Harrisburg, PA.

Up/Rooted.  March 17 – April 21, 2017.  Brookline Arts Center.  Brookline, MA.

Focal Point.  January 26 – February 25, 2017.  MFA Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

Compendium.  January 14 – March 5, 2017.  Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory.  Bethlehem, PA.

Americas 2017: Paperworks.  January 10 – February 23, 2017.  Northwest Art Center, Minot State University.  Minot, ND.  Purchase and Merit Award.

5th Annual Olympus InVision PA Photographers Juried Exhibition.  October 29, 2016 – January 9, 2017.  Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory.  Bethlehem, PA.

3rd Annual Holiday Show.  November 4 – December 24, 2016.  Radius Gallery.  Missoula, MT.

7th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition.  September 9 – October 16, 2016.  Rehoboth Art League.   Rehoboth Beach, DE.  Honorable Mention.

2016 PINNACLE National Juried Competition.  September 6 – October 28, 2016.  Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Art Gallery.   Tallahassee, FL.

Yorkfest Juried Exhibition.  August 26 – September 3, 2016.  Agricultural and Industrial Museum.  York, PA.

American Landscapes 2016.  August 12 – September 10, 2016.  Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

National Juried Show.  June 19 – July 28, 2016.  Lancaster County Art Association.  Strasburg, PA.  3rd Place.

Biggs Shot.  June 3 –September 25, 2016.  Biggs Museum of American Art.  Dover, DE.

45th Annual Juried Exhibition. June 3 -19, 2016. Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College.  Annville, PA. Honorable Mention.

Adams County Arts Council Thirteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition.  June 3 – June 24, 2016.  Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Gettysburg, PA.

Spring Member Show.  May 5 – 27, 2016.  Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art.  Annapolis, MD.

53rd Annual Juried Competition.  March 9 – July 5, 2016.  Masur Museum of Art.  Monroe, LA.

Focal Point.  January 29 – February 27, 2016.  Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery.  Annapolis, MD.

Lowe House Exhibition.  January 15 – April 11, 2016.  Lowe House of Delegates Building.  Annapolis, MD.

5th Annual National Juried Exhibition.  January 11 – February 12, 2016.  Visual Arts Center, Marshall University.  Huntington, WV.

45th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.  November 22 – January 2, 2016.  York Art Association.  York, PA.  Award of Excellence. 

Exhibition 280. October 10, 2015 – February 14, 2016. Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, WV.

Water Works. September 16 – November 1, 2015. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Annapolis, MD.

American Landscapes 2015. August 14 – September 13, 2015. Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery. Annapolis, MD.

National Juried Show. June 7 – July 19, 2015. Lancaster County Art Association. Strasburg, PA.

44th Annual Juried Exhibition. June 5 -21, 2015. Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College. Annville, PA.

Adams County Arts Council Twelfth Annual Juried Art Exhibition. May 29 – June 19, 2015. Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Gettysburg, PA.

87th Annual International Juried Exhibition. May 15 – June 18, 2015. Art Association of Harrisburg. Harrisburg, PA.

2015 National Juried Exhibition. April 28 – June 13, 2015. Batesville Area Arts Council. Batesville, AK.

DARKROOM. March 6 – 26, 2015. Visual Arts Exchange. Raleigh, NC.

44th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. November 23 – December 27, 2014. York Art Association. York, PA.  Award of Excellence. 

Photography V. September 25 – November 7, 2014. Foundry Art Centre. St. Charles, MO.

6th Annual Pinnacle National Juried Art Exhibition and Competition. September 6 – 26, 2014. Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Art Gallery. Tallahassee, FL.

American Landscapes. August 15 – September 14, 2014. Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery. Annapolis, MD.

16th Annual All Media Juried Online Exhibition. July 1 – 31, 2014. Upstream People Gallery. www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

National Juried Show. June 15 – July 24, 2014. Lancaster County Art Association. Strasburg, PA.

Dimensions 2014. June 6 – July 7, 2014. Womble Carlyle Gallery. Winston-Salem, NC.

43rd Annual Juried Exhibition. June 6 – 22, 2014. Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College. Annville, PA.

16th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition. June 1 – 30, 2014. Upstream People Gallery. www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

Adams County Arts Council Eleventh Annual Juried Art Exhibition. May 30 – June 22, 2014. Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Gettysburg, PA.

86th Annual International Juried Exhibition. May 16 – June 19, 2014. Art Association of Harrisburg. Harrisburg, PA.  2nd Place Photography.

Baker Art Center’s 15th National Juried Art Exhibition. April 5 – May 31, 2014. Baker Art Center. Liberal, KS.

43rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition. October 6 – November 2, 2013. York Art Association. York, PA.

National Juried Photography Exhibition. September 6 -28, 2013. Academy of Fine Arts. Lynchburg, VA.

3rd Annual Landscapes Juried Art Exhibition. September 1-30, 2013. Light, Space and Time Gallery. www.lightspacetime.com6th Place Overall. 3rd Place Photography.

15th Annual Photography Juried Online International Art Exhibition. September 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013. Upstream People Gallery. www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

American Landscapes. August 23 – September 15, 2013. Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery. Annapolis, MD.

13th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition. August 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013. Upstream People Gallery. www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

National Juried Show. June 9 – July 18, 2013. Lancaster County Art Association. Strasburg, PA.

85th Annual International Juried Exhibition. May 17 – June 20, 2013. The Art Association of Harrisburg. Harrisburg, PA.

Other Awards

1st Place. Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Photo Contest. Category, Appreciation of Beauty. 2013.

Publications/ Catalogs

Santa Clara Review.  Santa Clara University.  Volume 106.  Issue 1.  2019.

 Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review (FLAR).  Volume 6, Issue 2.  Fall and Winter 2018.

 Burningwood Literary Journal.  Special Issue.  Best of 2018.

 Oyster River Pages.  Issue 2.  www.oysterriverpages.com.

 Burningwood Literary Journal.  Issue 87.  July 2018.

“Redemption.”  Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.  floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/aquifer.  University of Central Florida.  March 15, 2018.  Meek Award, Best Visual Art 2018.

 “Battery Winchester.”  Junto Magazine.  Volume 3, Issue 1.  March 2018.

 Sooth Swarm Journal.  www.soothswarmjournal.com.  Issue 3.  January 2018.

 Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review (FLAR).  Volume 5, Issue 2.  Fall and Winter 2017.

 American Landscapes Postcard.  Maryland Federation of Art.  2017.

 National Juried Photography Exhibition Catalog.  Academy Center of the Arts.  2017.

 Santa Clara Review.  Santa Clara University.  Volume 101.  Issue 2.  2017.

 West Texas Literary Review.  www. westtexasreview.com.   Issue 2, June 2017.

“Follows the Highway.”  Gravel Magazine.  www.gravelmag.com.  Summer 2017.

Michael Hower Photography.”  The Ravens Perch.  www.theravensperch.com.  May 20, 2017.

The Tishman Review.  Volume 3, Issue 2.  April 2017.

“The Season of Snow, Ice, and Cold: Winter.” Pennsylvania Magazine.  January/ February 2017.

“Concrete City.”  Driftwood Press.  Volume 4, Issue 1.  Winter 2016.

“Concrete City.”  The Woven Tale Press.  Volume IV #10.  December 2016.

Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review (FLAR).  Volume 4, Issue 2.  Fall 2016.

“Remnants.”  Foliat Oak Literary Magazine.  www.foliateoak.com.   November 2016.

6th Annual Pinnacle National Juried Art Exhibition Catalog. Florida A&M University. 2014.

“Parks and Forests Through the Seasons Photo Contest.” Penn’s Stewards: News from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. Fall 2013.

National Juried Photography Exhibition Catalog. Academy of Fine Arts. 2013.

Collections

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Permanent Collection, PA

Minot State University, Permanent Collection, ND

Caron Treatment Centers, PA

David DeKok, PA

Private Collection, AK, DE, IN, KY, MA, MD, NY, OH, PA

Memberships

Art Association of Harrisburg (2012- )

Adams County Arts Council (2013- 2017)

Maryland Federation of Art (2014- )

Creative York (2019- )

Artist’s Statement

I capture history using modern photography by portraying human objects/structures in modified environments now devoid of human activity. I convey themes of wear, deterioration, and nature’s reclamation of manmade architecture and landscapes. My photographs convey my efforts to find historical objects/structures and present them in a way that reveals nuances not readily apparent. I show that past generations are written large on today’s environment.

My artwork is not only about finished photographs and their accompanying technical aspects. The final photograph is the culmination of a process that includes learning local history and lore, consulting maps, and engaging in place-seeking journeys. My photographs are of places hidden in plain sight … places in our proverbial backyards. The time I spend searching out subjects invariably leads me to acquire new perspectives. Compared with when I first began this work, I now look at my surroundings differently and with a new sense of appreciation.