Michael Pointer

Author: Michael Pointer

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 when 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 have been actively exhibiting since 2000.

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 began to serve on their advisory board. CCAA teaches contemporary art forms to young Afghan women. I continue work on setting up collaborations between American and CCAA artists.

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

2014- Finalist for 6th Annual Pollux Awards

2014- "The Tattoo in Contemporary Art" 910 Arts, Denver, CO

2014- Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art Epsten Gallery "Phenomena: The Material Image"

2014- "A Few Good Pointers: The Return" with my father, Ed Pointer, City Arts, Wichita, KS

2015-Finalist with two images for 7th Pollux Awards

2015-"CTL-ALT-DEL Point Gallery Denver, CO Group exhibit for Month of Photography Denver

2015- Month of Photography Denver- The Big Picture



2001 Shocker Alumni Magazine Wichita State University Alithea Mime Theatre trip to Puerto Rico

2002 Mikrokosmos black and white image "Little House"

2013 Simulacrum art history journal Netherlands "Modern Olympia"

2014 Kunstbeel Belgium "Modern Olympia"